Friday, March 28, 2008

The Cuyahoga River

The Cuyahoga River, named by the Iroquois Indians is translated, The Crooked River. This is the river that became famous when it caught fire and burned in Cleveland in 1969. The river catching fire was something Cleveland had to fight hard to correct both the river and the Cleveland image.
The river flows in NE Ohio from Geauga County South, through Portage County South and West, through Summit County West and North, then through Cuyahoga County entering into Lake Erie at Cleveland. The river makes a U-Shape as it travel through this part of Ohio. The EPA has had several small dams removed from the river to make the river have better water quality. These are some pictures I took of the river today. We have had a lot of rain and melt-off lately so the river is running high.

These first two pictures are from above the wing dam in Kent, Ohio from the Main Street Bridge.
This is a telephoto close-up of the upstream surge.
The next two shots are looking downstream at the new wing dam.
This is a telephoto close-up of the raceway.

It does have some fish and fisherman use it for recreation. The river is real high and fast and I wonder what 34 degree water feels like to the fish. The urge to fish is very strong for the fisherman.


Andrea said...

Very nice shots of the river.

Carletta said...

Nice river shots - I like the one that shows the flow.

Chris said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I grew up in NE Ohio - Youngstown - and graduated from Walsh University (College) in Canton! My brother still lives in Boardman, as do many of my late mom's family. Small world!

Why is Nashville special to you?

If you get a chance to stop by the blog Sat., I'll have a special story to share.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Very interesting, I will try to find the time to look this area up, and read about the river fire. Our local river is doing very well now... trout have been caught there for a few years and reports this year of the odd Salmon down river show great hope. The fact that Kingfishers, Herons and even Cormorants fish this river is one of the better signs.
I remember it being a dark muddy brown, the smell was disgusting and being to close would sting your eyes and make your throat soar. Foam would build up near to all the waterfalls and blow across the fields. Farmers could no longer graze cattle and sheep on them fields. Polluted rivers it seems can make a great come back if our river Tame is anything to go by.
Great shot of the flow.


You asked about the smaller birds in the Pheasent post... they are Chaffinches.. have a look here

One of our more colourfull of birds, at one time trapped for pets and for cross breeding with Canaries because of their colouring and song.

Also while I am here thank you for your Sky Watch comments.. I really do enjoy hosting and looking through all the pictures. This week was a good week for sure, both for pictures and numbers.

Have a good weekend what ever you get up to... we are out tonight at a friends birthday so Jane will be worse for wear and singing in the street. I'll be sober as I'm driving.. ha!
Have you seen that film 'Driving miss Daisy'? well tonight I'll be 'Driving Miss Dizzy' ha!

Chad Oneil Myers said...

I like the image of the guy fishing. Very cool "photojournalistic" angle.

Paulie said...

Beautiful photos and interesting history. I guess I am glad I was late in coming to comment on Friday Sky Watch because I got to see this too. I commented on several of your latest posts. Think I will be back!

Stacey Huston said...

That river looks cold and unforgiving to me.. great shots though, I really like the wing dam.. Thanks for sharing!

Travis said...

Looks like a beautiful spot. The lake on my SWF post does have plenty of fish, but the lake is very busy with boat traffic during the summer. It makes it difficult to fish.

Travis said...

Sorry to comment again, but I got to thinking that you might enjoy taking a look a fishing video I recently shot..

My brother is a very accomplished amerature fisherman.I don't know mush about fishing but I shot the video last fall and made the short clip. The following web address will take you to it. Let me know what you think.

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

Good to see you on mine - these shots of the river really show up the force of it. Thought you might like a look in at the sea fishing on the South Coast of England (link above) I was brought up in a trawler port, so guess fishing is in my blood!

Shionge said...

I love this river FG :D

Salty said...

Cool river shots. Rushing water always makes for good pictures. I understand the fisherman well, open water gets the old fishing blood to rushing like the river

Shark Girl said...

How does a river catch on fire? Was there some kind of chemical or oil floating on top?

The narrow width of the river looks like it could have easily caught other things on fire that were on land.