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How to take a free two-hour boating safety class on your own boat

By Laura Johnston | July 13, 2018

Just bought a boat? Or just traded up? Want some help learning to dock it, or reverse, or figure out the fancy gadgets? The North Coast Sail & Power Squadron is offering a free two-hour class in boat basics, on your own boat. The Jump Start Program is new this year. The goal for the…

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Shore Thing Vermilion makes Main Street Beach better

By Laura Johnston | July 12, 2018

Need a beach chair? What about an ice cream sandwich? Or sand toys for the kids? The volunteers at Shore Thing can supply just about any lake necessity from their shed at Main Street Beach in Vermilion, near the small town’s iconic lighthouse. The group, which this year became part of the nonprofit Main Street…

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Lake Erie harmful algal bloom forecast 2018: Better than last year

By Kelly Reardon | July 12, 2018

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The official harmful algal bloom forecast for Lake Erie shows some improvement from last year, but is still worse than the levels in 2016. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with the Ohio Sea Grant and the Ohio State University predict a severity of 6 out of 10, while in 2017, the…

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Go electrofishing with Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

By Laura Johnston | July 11, 2018

Electrofishing sounds like something from science fiction: generate an electric current in the water, zap the fish and scoop them up. But that’s one way the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District checks water quality of the Cuyahoga River and about two dozen other streams and rivers each year. The number of fish, and number of…

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How do you feel about wind turbines on Lake Erie?

By Laura Johnston | July 10, 2018

Lake Erie Energy Development Co., or LEEDCo., has been planning wind turbines in Lake Erie for a decade. With six turbines 8 miles north of Cleveland, the nonprofit LEEDCo. hopes to prove the technology can work here, as the first offshore wind farm in North America. The $126 million, 20.7-megawatt project dubbed Icebreaker could open…

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Water stars in CAN Triennial artwork

By Laura Johnston | July 9, 2018

Lake Erie matters in the terroir of Cleveland. The French word refers to wine, the natural environment grapes grow in, including soil, geography and climate. Michael Gill, the executive director of Cleveland’s Collective Arts Network (CAN), thinks the word also makes sense for artists. Which is why water emerged as a theme in the first-ever…

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Vote for your favorite photo in our Summer Solstice Sunset contest!

By Laura Johnston | July 6, 2018

Wow! Thank you for all the wonderful photos of sunsets over Lake Erie. For the warm glow of summer captured in RocktheLake’s inaugural Summer Solstice Sunset photo contest. We are seriously impressed. In two weeks, we receive 100 breathtaking submissions. We’ve narrowed down the field to our 25 favorites, representing the most original, spectacular, colorful…

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How bad is the Norfolk Southern bridge this summer?

By Laura Johnston | July 5, 2018

Seven times last weekend, the Goodtime III idled for more than 20 minutes, waiting for the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge to lift over the Cuyahoga River. That waiting added up to more than a third of guests’ total time on the cruise ship, said Captain Jordan Kit. But more concerning than inconveniencing passengers, Kit said,…

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See the entries in RocktheLake’s Summer Solstice Sunset photo contest

By Laura Johnston | July 4, 2018

Can’t get enough of the breathtaking summer sunsets over Lake Erie? An orange ball, sinking into the wake. A pink glow on the beach. The silhouette of a couple, hand in hand. Lighthouses and boats and trees. All have starred in the 100 inventive, impressive photos submitted to RocktheLake’s first Summer Solstice Sunset photo contest.…

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19 Cleveland teenagers sail from Milwaukee to Cleveland on a Tall Ship

By Laura Johnston | July 3, 2018

For six days, 19 Northeast Ohio teenagers sail on a Tall Ship, from Milwaukee to Cleveland, learning teamwork and gaining confidence. The Rotary Club of Cleveland has been sponsoring the trip, called Project YESS, and selecting the students  since 2010, when the first Tall Ship Festival came to Cleveland. “The main goal is not to…

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How to take a free two-hour boating safety class on your own boat

By Laura Johnston | July 13, 2018 | Comments Off on How to take a free two-hour boating safety class on your own boat

Just bought a boat? Or just traded up? Want some help learning to dock it, or reverse, or figure out the fancy gadgets? The North Coast Sail & Power Squadron is offering a free two-hour class in boat basics, on your own boat. The Jump Start Program is new this year. The goal for the…

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Weather roller coaster with sun first, then storms: Lake Erie marine forecast July 13-16

By Kelly Reardon | July 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Weather roller coaster with sun first, then storms: Lake Erie marine forecast July 13-16

While the weekend on Lake Erie is looking summery and warm, sadly a few random storms can’t be ruled out. Because of that threat, aim for Friday if trying to get the most out of your time on the water. Skies are looking partly cloudy, and chances of showers are extremely low. Surfers won’t have…

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Shore Thing Vermilion makes Main Street Beach better

By Laura Johnston | July 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Shore Thing Vermilion makes Main Street Beach better

Need a beach chair? What about an ice cream sandwich? Or sand toys for the kids? The volunteers at Shore Thing can supply just about any lake necessity from their shed at Main Street Beach in Vermilion, near the small town’s iconic lighthouse. The group, which this year became part of the nonprofit Main Street…

Read More

Lake Erie harmful algal bloom forecast 2018: Better than last year

By Kelly Reardon | July 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Lake Erie harmful algal bloom forecast 2018: Better than last year

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The official harmful algal bloom forecast for Lake Erie shows some improvement from last year, but is still worse than the levels in 2016. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with the Ohio Sea Grant and the Ohio State University predict a severity of 6 out of 10, while in 2017, the…

Read More

Go electrofishing with Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

By Laura Johnston | July 11, 2018 | Comments Off on Go electrofishing with Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

Electrofishing sounds like something from science fiction: generate an electric current in the water, zap the fish and scoop them up. But that’s one way the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District checks water quality of the Cuyahoga River and about two dozen other streams and rivers each year. The number of fish, and number of…

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Cast a line: Ohio Lake Erie fishing report July 10-16

By Laura Johnston | July 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Cast a line: Ohio Lake Erie fishing report July 10-16

It’s one heck of a fishing season, folks. Here’s where to fish for what, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resource. Western Basin Walleye  Where: Fishing slowed with the mayfly hatch and recent weather, but catches were still above average with a lot of 17 to 18-inch fish being caught. Fishing was best north…

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How do you feel about wind turbines on Lake Erie?

By Laura Johnston | July 10, 2018 | Comments Off on How do you feel about wind turbines on Lake Erie?

Lake Erie Energy Development Co., or LEEDCo., has been planning wind turbines in Lake Erie for a decade. With six turbines 8 miles north of Cleveland, the nonprofit LEEDCo. hopes to prove the technology can work here, as the first offshore wind farm in North America. The $126 million, 20.7-megawatt project dubbed Icebreaker could open…

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Water stars in CAN Triennial artwork

By Laura Johnston | July 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Water stars in CAN Triennial artwork

Lake Erie matters in the terroir of Cleveland. The French word refers to wine, the natural environment grapes grow in, including soil, geography and climate. Michael Gill, the executive director of Cleveland’s Collective Arts Network (CAN), thinks the word also makes sense for artists. Which is why water emerged as a theme in the first-ever…

Read More

Vote for your favorite photo in our Summer Solstice Sunset contest!

By Laura Johnston | July 6, 2018 | Comments Off on Vote for your favorite photo in our Summer Solstice Sunset contest!

Wow! Thank you for all the wonderful photos of sunsets over Lake Erie. For the warm glow of summer captured in RocktheLake’s inaugural Summer Solstice Sunset photo contest. We are seriously impressed. In two weeks, we receive 100 breathtaking submissions. We’ve narrowed down the field to our 25 favorites, representing the most original, spectacular, colorful…

Read More

Where to fish: Ohio Lake Erie fishing report July 5-8

By Laura Johnston | July 5, 2018 | Comments Off on Where to fish: Ohio Lake Erie fishing report July 5-8

Who’s going fishing this weekend? The walleye in Lake Erie are plentiful this summer. Here’s where you can catch them — and other fish, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Walleye fishing on Lake Erie is better than maybe ever, and it’s bringing new folks to the sport Western Basin Walleye  Where: Fishing…

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