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  • At-a-Glance
  • What to Look For
  • Noteworthy Rarities
  • Local Resources
  • 30 - Rocky River Park

    Rocky River Parks and Recreation Department
    20250 Beach Cliff Boulevard.
    Rocky River, OH 44116


    Public Access

    Open daily, dawn until dusk


    Restrooms, Picnic Area, Handicap Accessible Trails

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41° 29'11.23"; W 81° 50'43.77"

    Driving Directions

    From Lake Road (U.S. Route 6) turn north on Falmouth Drive to the stop sign at Beach Cliff Boulevard. The park entrance is ahead on the left.

    What to Look For

    This small, six-acre park overlooks Lake Erie and is essentially a "lake watch" site for birders. Massive clouds of migrant Red-breasted Mergansers can be seen in November and December, along with many other species of waterfowl. Gull diversity can be good as well. Spring brings a variety of migrant songbirds to the park's trees, and favorable weather conditions in March and April can bring noteworthy numbers of migrant raptors overhead.

    Noteworthy Rarities

    All three scoter species are routinely seen. Notable rarities include Western Grebe, Northern Gannet, Red Phalarope, and Parasitic and Pomarine jaegers.

    Local Resources

    City of Rocky River, Parks and Recreation
    Positively Cleveland
    Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society

    Nearby Lake Access Site

    Rose Point. This lake overlook is slightly less than an acre, and offers a good vista of Lake Erie's open waters. It is only 530 feet east of Rocky River Park, but must be reached by driving east on Beach Cliff Boulevard, and turning north onto Kensington Oval.