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Chagrin River Park

3100 Reeves Road
Willoughby, OH 44094

Most of the park's natural areas are made up of dense shrubs with pockets of mature forest bordering wetland areas. Look for great blue herons, kingfishers, bank swallows and sandpipers near the river. Two wetland areas support frogs, salamanders and a variety of songbirds. The seasonal wetland near the picnic shelter serves as a haven for great blue heron and ducks, such as mallards and blue-winged teal. Park land on the east and west bank of the Chagrin River are linked by a pedestrian bridge. Access is provided to more than 2.83 miles of trails. Anglers will enjoy fishing along the banks of the Chagrin River. An Ohio fishing license is required to fish in the Chagrin River.

The site is named the Reeve Village site for the property's owner, Dr. George N. Reeve. People living here between 1250 and 1500 AD have been named the Whittlesey Culture after the archaeologist Charles Whittlesey, who found evidence of earthworks along the Chagrin River just downstream from this park. During several excavations, a variety of artifacts including clay vessels, bird bone beads, projectile points, scrapers and a large number of smoking or ceremonial pipes were found. These can now be seen at the Indian Museum of Lake County.

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