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Soak up summer sunsets, live music at Whiskey Island: See the 2019 band schedule

By Laura Johnston | April 18, 2019

Life is better with live music. And summer is better with boat docks and Lake Erie sunsets and a drink in your hand. Whiskey Island Still & Eatery offers all of that, all summer long. The casual restaurant, with its sprawling patio and picnic tables just down the road from Edgewater Park, will host bands…

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Spring into boating season with Progressive Insurance Catawba Island Boat Show

By Laura Johnston | April 17, 2019

Get on the water, in 125 shiny new boats at the 2019 Progressive Insurance Catawba Island Boat Show. The free event at the Catawba Island Club April 26-28 includes wine and beer tasting, sail boat rides and 30 vendors. See the full story cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Interlake Steamship to build new freighter

By Laura Johnston | April 10, 2019

Interlake Steamship Co. hasn’t built a new freighter since 1981. But its working on a 639-foot diesel ship, to be complete in 2022. Look for it on the Cuyahoga River then. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Sandusky named to USA Today’s 10 best coastal towns

By Laura Johnston | April 10, 2019

Sandusky made an elite list of the 10 best coastal towns in the United States, along with Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, and Cape May, New Jersey. USA Today lauds the city for its revitalized downtown, shopping and dining options, wine tasting and, of course, Cedar Point. And you can vote for the city, to make it No.…

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11 million tourists visited Lake Erie Shores and Islands in 2018

By Laura Johnston | April 5, 2019

Lake Erie Shores and Islands welcomed more than 11 million visitors last year, up 1 million from 2017, according to visitors bureau statistics. Lake Erie Shores and Islands President Larry Fletcher presented the figures at the annual State of Tourism address Thursday at Catawba Island Club. The visitors bureau covers both Erie and Ottawa counties,…

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Enter the Lake Erie Commission photo contest

By Laura Johnston | April 5, 2019

Did you miss RocktheLake’s Winter Beach photo contest? Or our Summer Solstice Sunset contest? Here’s another competition for amateur photographers with fantastic shots of Lake Erie: the Lake Erie Commission’s Life on Lake Erie contest. Contestants must be at least 18 years old, and the photos must be taken of the Ohio Lake Erie watershed…

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Peak steelhead season: Lake Erie fish report April 5-7

By Laura Johnston | April 5, 2019

Fishing, like the weather, is heating up. The GOTL Open is hosting its Spring Bash fishing tournament in Oak Harbor next weekend. Registration deadline is today (April 5). Last weekend, 140 anglers fished in the Rocky River in the sixth annual Barbie Rod Steelhead Derby. Corey Zelinkski won with a 26-inch fish, and the event…

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It’s starting to feel a lot like spring: Lake Erie marine forecast April 5-7

By Laura Johnston | April 4, 2019

Saturday looks spectacular: 50 degrees and sunny, with little wind. Friday and Sunday have chances of rain, but at least the air is warming up on this first weekend of April. The Lake Erie water temperature is 41 off Toledo and 39 off Cleveland. See the full National Weather Service marine forecast, from Avon Pointe…

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Foundry kicks off high school sailing season

By Laura Johnston | April 3, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Foundry is kicking off the 2019 high school sailing season with a clinic Saturday and a regatta Sunday at the old Coast Guard Station on Whiskey Island. The sailing clinic at the community sailing center expects nearly 80 athletes — from Michigan, Sandusky, Toledo and Columbus, as well as all the…

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Mark your calendars for 10 can’t-miss festivals on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | April 3, 2019

It’s going to be one heck of a summer on Ohio’s north coast! We’re celebrating a burning river and Tall Ships, plus walleye and lighthouses and the beaches that transform Ohio to a vacation destination. Find your favorites and make your plans at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Lake Erie fish report April 19-21

By Laura Johnston | April 18, 2019 | Comments Off on Lake Erie fish report April 19-21

Steelhead have been a highlight fishing the Rocky and Chagrin rivers this week. The rivers have pre-spawn, spawning, and post spawn steelhead, especially in the northern river reaches closer to Lake Erie, Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec reports in his weekly fish report. Steelhead in spring will bite a variety of offerings, including dime…

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Lake Erie marine forecast April 19-21

By Laura Johnston | April 18, 2019 | Comments Off on Lake Erie marine forecast April 19-21

While Friday and Saturday look rainy and cool, Easter Sunday is looking like a gorgeous opportunity to get on the water. Check out the full National Weather Service marine forecast from Avon Point to Willowick. Friday: North-northeast wind around 14 knots becoming north in the afternoon. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm, then showers after…

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Soak up summer sunsets, live music at Whiskey Island: See the 2019 band schedule

By Laura Johnston | April 18, 2019 | Comments Off on Soak up summer sunsets, live music at Whiskey Island: See the 2019 band schedule

Life is better with live music. And summer is better with boat docks and Lake Erie sunsets and a drink in your hand. Whiskey Island Still & Eatery offers all of that, all summer long. The casual restaurant, with its sprawling patio and picnic tables just down the road from Edgewater Park, will host bands…

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Spring into boating season with Progressive Insurance Catawba Island Boat Show

By Laura Johnston | April 17, 2019 | Comments Off on Spring into boating season with Progressive Insurance Catawba Island Boat Show

Get on the water, in 125 shiny new boats at the 2019 Progressive Insurance Catawba Island Boat Show. The free event at the Catawba Island Club April 26-28 includes wine and beer tasting, sail boat rides and 30 vendors. See the full story cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Lake Erie groups oppose wind turbine project, while developers negotiate details

By Laura Johnston | April 15, 2019 | Comments Off on Lake Erie groups oppose wind turbine project, while developers negotiate details

As the developer of a pilot project of six wind turbines in Lake Erie works out details with the state, a group of opponents are organizing opposition. The fight is not so much over the six turbines up for state approval right now – but for the wind farm it could precipitate: thousands of spinning…

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Fish free in Ohio May 4-5: Lake Erie fish report April 12-14

By Laura Johnston | April 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Fish free in Ohio May 4-5: Lake Erie fish report April 12-14

Want to fish for free in Ohio, without a state permit?  Fish for free anywhere in the state May 4-5, in the annual free fishing weekend.   “Ohio has world-class fishing, and our free fishing weekend is a great opportunity to experience what the state has to offer,” said Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. “I invite Ohioans…

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Cool spring: Lake Erie marine forecast April 12-14

By Laura Johnston | April 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Cool spring: Lake Erie marine forecast April 12-14

A cool spring weekend is on tap, with a sunny Saturday and a windy, rain Sunday. The Lake Erie temperature is is 41 off Toledo and 39 off Cleveland. Friday: South-southeast wind 17 to 22 knots becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 knots. Showers and thunderstorms before 2 p.m.,…

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Interlake Steamship to build new freighter

By Laura Johnston | April 10, 2019 | Comments Off on Interlake Steamship to build new freighter

Interlake Steamship Co. hasn’t built a new freighter since 1981. But its working on a 639-foot diesel ship, to be complete in 2022. Look for it on the Cuyahoga River then. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Sandusky named to USA Today’s 10 best coastal towns

By Laura Johnston | April 10, 2019 | Comments Off on Sandusky named to USA Today’s 10 best coastal towns

Sandusky made an elite list of the 10 best coastal towns in the United States, along with Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, and Cape May, New Jersey. USA Today lauds the city for its revitalized downtown, shopping and dining options, wine tasting and, of course, Cedar Point. And you can vote for the city, to make it No.…

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11 million tourists visited Lake Erie Shores and Islands in 2018

By Laura Johnston | April 5, 2019 | Comments Off on 11 million tourists visited Lake Erie Shores and Islands in 2018

Lake Erie Shores and Islands welcomed more than 11 million visitors last year, up 1 million from 2017, according to visitors bureau statistics. Lake Erie Shores and Islands President Larry Fletcher presented the figures at the annual State of Tourism address Thursday at Catawba Island Club. The visitors bureau covers both Erie and Ottawa counties,…

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