Location: Merwin St. Cleveland Flats

cleveland canal terminus - Canal Site

Beneath the Veteran's Memorial Bridge and at the first bend of the Cuyahoga River lies the terminus of the canal. Here it enters the river and is easily located by the old railroad jackknife bridge directly across the river on the north side. An historic marker on the south side denotes the canal and aligns with the bridge. 

The construction of the overlying bridges greatly disturbed the canal line but the original abutments of the Columbus Street Bridge crossing over the canal are still present, about two hundred yards south of the historic marker. 

The outlet of the canal was later moved three miles south to what is now the freighter turning basin on the river.

terminus of the canal.

Historic view of outlet looking south



For more information: Ohio & Erie Canal in Cleveland - Clevelands First Infrasctucture

Modern-day canal outlet