The Cuyahoga River begins its life in Geauga County, Ohio, (at the upper right corner of the map) where a number of small streams converge. Although its headwaters are a mere 30 miles from its mouth, the river meanders 100 miles from beginning to end. It flows south/southwesterly through Portage County, then in Summit County, just north of Akron, it turns north and continues up through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and into Cuyahoga County until it flows through Cleveland and empties into Lake Erie.
The Cuyahoga River Watershed drains 513 square miles, and includes 26 subwatersheds whose creeks and streams feed the river's flow. All or part of several dozen municipalities in 6 counties share the Cuyahoga River Watershed.
The map you see here shows all the watersheds that comprise the Cuyahoga River Watershed and the Areas of Concern, including Lake Erie tributaries along the near shoreline for which the CRCPO also is responsible. •