Infrastructure & Environment
Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
A UNIQUE WILDLIFE HAVEN ON THE SHORE AND IN THE CITY
The Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve (CLNP) is an 88-acre man-made peninsula on the Lake Erie shoreline in the heart of Cleveland. It offers a 1.75-mile Perimeter Loop Trail, and the .25-mile Monarch and .5 Northern Harrier Trails which bisect the preserve. Over time, researchers and other visitors have identified more than 280 species of birds, 42 species of butterflies, 16 species of mammals (including red fox, coyote, mink, and deer), 2 species of reptiles, 26 Ohio plant species (including wildflowers and grasses) and 9 species of trees and shrubs. The diverse mix of habitats includes grasslands, a forest area, meadows, mudflats, shrub lands, and wetlands. The Port of Cleveland welcomes visitors to hike, enjoy migratory bird sightings, and check out the prime views of Lake Erie and the downtown skyline.
The Port of Cleveland is working to facilitate educational opportunities at the preserve and to develop a master plan that would lead to both the replacement of invasive and non-native plants and the creation in phases of diverse habitat areas that would improve the preserve’s value to wildlife and people.
CLNP is open to the public during daylight hours. The trails have steep slopes, narrow and irregular routes, and uneven and sometimes muddy terrain that make the use and operation of wheelchairs and power driven mobility devices unsafe. Click Here for important information to know before you visit.
The Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve is located directly behind the Cleveland Metroparks Lakefront office at 8701 Lakeshore Boulevard NE, Cleveland, OH 44108. When traveling north on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, follow the road to the right as it becomes Lakeshore Boulevard heading east and make the first left into the Metroparks parking lot. Proceed on foot around the west side of the office to the Nature Preserve entrance.
Many people and organizations have partnered to see the Nature Preserve opened and managed for the benefit of wildlife and people.
We thank the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, the Environmental Education Collaborative and its members, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. We also thank Joseph Pavelchak from Boy Scout Troop 161, “Euclid’s Pioneer Troop,” who built the kiosk in front of the Preserve’s main entrance for his 2011/2012 Eagle Scout project.
The Environmental Education Collaborative members are: Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Metroparks, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, Cuyahoga Valley National Park Association, Earth Day Coalition, The Garden Club of Cleveland, The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Cleveland Lakefront State Park, The Ohio Lepidopterists and Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society.