Cuyahoga River Winter Birding

Cleveland, Ohio 44102
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Heritage Park, Cleveland
Coordinates: 41.4951303, -81.7031416
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Jefferson Ave. Dead End
Coordinates: 41.4820551, -81.6761532
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Rivergate Park, Merwin Ave.
Coordinates: 41.4901921, -81.7030048
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Scranton Flats
Coordinates: 41.4911372, -81.6940677
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Shooters on the Water
Coordinates: 41.4984813, -81.7077336
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Wendy Park, Whiskey Island
Coordinates: 41.4991725, -81.7146913
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Tips for Winter Birding along the Cuyahoga River
Since the cold snap has caused Lake Erie to start icing up over the last couple days, I’ve had a lot of requests as to where to go to view gulls (and other birds) along the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland so I put together this little map.

I check all of these spots regularly, and only since the lake has started icing up have these places heated up! I had eight species of gulls at the Shooters on the Water location just yesterday, and things will only get better with more ice on the lake.

As with the weather itself, ice conditions on the river change and the trick is to find which one of these spots has the best combination of ice and open water to attract the birds. It’s always hit and miss, but there’s always a “hot spot!”

Good luck, and good birding!
From Chuck Slusarczyk, Jr.