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New Miller ferry to Put-in-Bay to be named Mary Ann Market

By Laura Johnston | September 19, 2018

Miller Boat Line expects its new ferry to the Erie Islands to be delivered next fall, christened Mary Ann Market after the matriarch of the family business. Fraser Shipyards of Superior, Wisconsin, will build the new drive-on, drive-off passenger/vehicle ferry. It will be 140 feet long, 38.5 feet wide ferry and will accommodate 26 standard…

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See the list of freighters arriving at the Port of Cleveland

By Laura Johnston | September 18, 2018

We love to watch freighters. As long as the Terminal Tower is tall, the ships are eye-catching, mesmerizing, romantic vestiges of industrial glory days. We can’t get over their size, whether they’re powering through Lake Erie or pivoting around the hair-pin curves of the Cuyahoga River. They’re more than a pretty sight on the horizon.…

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Can you still see monarch butterflies on Lake Erie shores? Yes, just not as many

By Laura Johnston | September 14, 2018

You can still see the monarch butterflies at Wendy Park, stopping over on their migration from Canada to Mexico. But you won’t see a whole cloud of them at once because the weather is looking warmer and sunnier. Thousands of butterflies arrived on Lake Erie’s southern shores, beginning last week. And because of the rain…

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Paddles up! Trying out a dragon boating practice on the Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | September 14, 2018

“Attention!” Jessica Fleming shouts from the bow of the dragon boat. All 10 paddlers lean in, ready. “Paddles up!” We each lift one arm over our heads and shoot one arm to the side, making a triangle shape with our heads. “Take it away!” And we paddle. We sit two by two, following the pacers…

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Downtown Cleveland rocking with North Coast boat show

By Laura Johnston | September 13, 2018

Nearly 100 boats will be on display Friday through Sunday in downtown Cleveland, at the second annual North Coast Boat Show. This year the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association has added live entertainment at Voinovich Park, as well as sailing lessons, and vendors on land. The Found Sounds Steel Pan Duo will play steel drums.…

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5 reasons to go the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Open House

By Laura Johnston | September 11, 2018

They call it the No. 1 event in the No. 2 business: The annual Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Open House and Clean Water Fest. The free annual event attracts more visitors every year; last year attracted nearly 3,000. It all happens from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant, 4747…

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Buy your own private Lake Erie island for $685,000

By Laura Johnston | September 10, 2018

Dream of owning your own private island? You can buy Middle Sister Island, just over 8 acres of pristine beach and woodlands in the Canadian waters of Lake Erie, for $888,888 Canadian. That’s less than $685,000 American.  The island, west of Pelee Island and the most wild and undisturbed of the Pelee archipelago, has been…

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Euclid breaks ground on groundbreaking Lake Erie trail

By Laura Johnston | September 7, 2018

We all want more access to our Great Lakes. And despite all the industry and private property and expressways lining our Northeast Ohio shoreline, Euclid has figured it how to give it to us. The inner-ring suburb on Thursday broke ground on a 3/4-mile, $11.5 waterfront trail over private land. Landowners granted access for the…

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7 festivals for fall fun on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | September 4, 2018

Yes, we’re sad summer is over. The days are growing shorter, and the weather is growing cooler. But you don’t have to put away your stand-up paddleboard yet. And there are plenty of fall events to celebrate on Lake Erie. Here’s a taste. For more events, any time of year, visit rockthelake.com/events. Sept. 7 Put-in-Bay…

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From wake surfing to ziplining: Look back at one summer rocking Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | August 31, 2018

Well, it’s been quite a summer.* Instead of “rent-a-cars and westbound trains,” though, I’ve been rocking Lake Erie from Put-in-Bay to Historic Ashtabula Harbor. What have I learned? How to wake surf, for one. Why Lake Erie makes the Grand River Valley perfect for growing grapes. How to text a buoy to get the latest…

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New Miller ferry to Put-in-Bay to be named Mary Ann Market

By Laura Johnston | September 19, 2018 | Comments Off on New Miller ferry to Put-in-Bay to be named Mary Ann Market

Miller Boat Line expects its new ferry to the Erie Islands to be delivered next fall, christened Mary Ann Market after the matriarch of the family business. Fraser Shipyards of Superior, Wisconsin, will build the new drive-on, drive-off passenger/vehicle ferry. It will be 140 feet long, 38.5 feet wide ferry and will accommodate 26 standard…

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See the list of freighters arriving at the Port of Cleveland

By Laura Johnston | September 18, 2018 | Comments Off on See the list of freighters arriving at the Port of Cleveland

We love to watch freighters. As long as the Terminal Tower is tall, the ships are eye-catching, mesmerizing, romantic vestiges of industrial glory days. We can’t get over their size, whether they’re powering through Lake Erie or pivoting around the hair-pin curves of the Cuyahoga River. They’re more than a pretty sight on the horizon.…

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Marblehead get-away: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | September 17, 2018 | Comments Off on Marblehead get-away: Lake Erie House of the Week

Enjoy life on the water with this $595,000 home in Marblehead. The property in Misty Bay Point sits on a Lake Erie channel, with two covered boat wells and two channel docks, as well as an extra floating dock. The 1,700-square-foot home includes separate living quarters, with four bedrooms, two kitchens, two bathrooms, two sunrooms…

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Can you still see monarch butterflies on Lake Erie shores? Yes, just not as many

By Laura Johnston | September 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Can you still see monarch butterflies on Lake Erie shores? Yes, just not as many

You can still see the monarch butterflies at Wendy Park, stopping over on their migration from Canada to Mexico. But you won’t see a whole cloud of them at once because the weather is looking warmer and sunnier. Thousands of butterflies arrived on Lake Erie’s southern shores, beginning last week. And because of the rain…

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Paddles up! Trying out a dragon boating practice on the Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | September 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Paddles up! Trying out a dragon boating practice on the Cuyahoga River

“Attention!” Jessica Fleming shouts from the bow of the dragon boat. All 10 paddlers lean in, ready. “Paddles up!” We each lift one arm over our heads and shoot one arm to the side, making a triangle shape with our heads. “Take it away!” And we paddle. We sit two by two, following the pacers…

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Steelhead fishing starting: Ohio Lake Erie fishing report Sept. 13-15

By Laura Johnston | September 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Steelhead fishing starting: Ohio Lake Erie fishing report Sept. 13-15

The weather will feel like summer this weekend, but Lake Erie is cooling down, with a water temperature of about 70 degrees. So what’s the fishing like? Lake Erie anglers are targeting walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, and panfish, and inland lake/pond anglers are primarily pursuing largemouth bass, channel catfish and panfish, Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist…

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The return of summer! 80 and sunny in the Ohio Lake Erie weekend forecast

By Laura Johnston | September 13, 2018 | Comments Off on The return of summer! 80 and sunny in the Ohio Lake Erie weekend forecast

If last weekend brought a taste of fall, this weekend’s giving you a throwback to summer. On the Ohio waters of lake Erie, we’re looking at mostly sunny, 80 degrees, light winds and waves around a foot. Perfect for a September boat ride, paddle or even a swim. Offshore, the lake temperature is about 70…

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Downtown Cleveland rocking with North Coast boat show

By Laura Johnston | September 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Downtown Cleveland rocking with North Coast boat show

Nearly 100 boats will be on display Friday through Sunday in downtown Cleveland, at the second annual North Coast Boat Show. This year the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association has added live entertainment at Voinovich Park, as well as sailing lessons, and vendors on land. The Found Sounds Steel Pan Duo will play steel drums.…

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Saturday is International Coastal Clean Up Day

By Laura Johnston | September 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Saturday is International Coastal Clean Up Day

Want to do your part to clean plastic out of our Great Lakes? Volunteer for International Coastal Clean Up Day! Euclid Beach is hosting a clean up event from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. You can find more opportunities with the Ocean Conservancy. Download their app to record each item of trash you pick…

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5 reasons to go the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Open House

By Laura Johnston | September 11, 2018 | Comments Off on 5 reasons to go the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Open House

They call it the No. 1 event in the No. 2 business: The annual Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Open House and Clean Water Fest. The free annual event attracts more visitors every year; last year attracted nearly 3,000. It all happens from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant, 4747…

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