Headwaters Park


13365 Old State Road (Rt. 608)
Claridon & Huntsburg Townships


Open 6 am until 11 pm today

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Take a waterside walk Along East Branch reservoir

This 926-acre park is leased from the City of Akron in a partnership that allows for conservation of natural areas as well as enjoyment of recreation and outdoor education. Five trails total 4.7 miles. More than two miles of the statewide Buckeye Trail winds along the western shore of East Branch Reservoir. The eastern shore and all islands are designated preserves and only accessible during naturalist-led programs. A secondary entrance is located at 15055 Mayfield Road (Rt. 322).

Headwaters Park Facilities


Headwaters Boathouse is a must-see structure and a great place to hold your event.

Headwaters Park Trails


It's not just water! Be sure to spend time hitting some other picturesque trails.

Eagle Flying in Headwaters Park habitat


You'll love the beauty of this natural watershed that is home to a multitude of species, including Bald Eagles.

How's the water?BOAT LAUNCH LEVEL

How is the water level at the Headwaters Park boat launch?

Stick to the shore!
Good but not great
Grab your oars!

Get out on the water Kayak/Canoe Borrowing

Access to boat borrowing is seasonal, and the 2021 season concluded on September 6. We hope you’ll visit this page again for a new schedule in the spring of 2022.

All times are first come, first served.

Please read the information on this page before you head out for a boat.


Beginning in June and lasting through early September, kayaks and canoes can be borrowed seasonally for self- guided tours of East Branch Reservoir from the boathouse, first come, first served. Each loan can last up to two hours, with the last boats going out one hour before closing time. Hours are posted to our News & Updates page during the season; please also refer to that page for notice of exceptional hours.

Geauga County residents can borrow the park’s limited number of kayaks and canoes for free (ID REQUIRED); out-of-county residents must pay $8 per hour for adults, $5 per hour for kids 12 and under, and $12 for tandem (credit card only, paid onsite). The required waiver, to be completed in advance or on site, can be found at this link. Provided life vests must be worn at all times, and a driver’s license will be held as a security deposit for each loan. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, and sorry, dogs are not permitted on borrowed boats. Thanks for understanding!


We are happy to offer boat rentals again this summer. As we strive to provide you with a fun and safe boating experience, please take note of our operating procedures before you head out to the park.

  • Life jackets, which are required to be worn at all times while on the water, will be sterilized daily.
  • Kayaks and paddles will be sterilized daily with EPA-certified disinfectant.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for guests and staff, but guests are encouraged to bring their own if possible.