Infrastructure & Environment
Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
A UNIQUE WILDLIFE HAVEN ON THE SHORE AND IN THE CITY
The Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve is an 88-acre man-made peninsula on the Lake Erie shoreline in the heart of Cleveland.
Its diverse habitats have sustained hundreds of species of birds, butterflies and mammals over time. But until recently this site – built from river sediment – was only accessible to the public a few days a year.
In February 2012 the Port Authority opened the Preserve on a daily basis and welcomes visitors to hike, enjoy migratory bird sightings, and check out the prime views of Lake Erie and the downtown skyline.
The Preserve is a land mass created over time as sediment dredged from the Cuyahoga River and Cleveland Harbor was placed within dike walls along the lakeshore. From 1979 to 1999 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers managed the site – then known as Dike 14 – as a sediment disposal facility. After the site was closed to dredge material in 1999, nature took hold. The Preserve has 1.2 miles of shoreline.
The Preserve offers a 1.75-mile Perimeter Loop Trail, and the .25-mile Monarch and .5 Northern Harrier Trails which bisect the preserve. CLNP is open during daylight hours. To avoid any adverse contact with wildlife, pets are not allowed. 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.
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.
Click here for the Nature Preserve Fact Sheet
The Preserve is next to the Cleveland Metroparks Lakefront Office, which features boat ramps, fitness trails and fishing piers.
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.