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Lake Carriers urge good seamanship for safe summer on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | May 25, 2018

It’s summer boating season! And the Lake Carriers Association — the Rocky River-based trade group that represents U.S. freighters on the Great Lakes — wants to keep all vessels safe on the water. “If everybody follows the rules of the road, if you have good seamanship, we ought to have a safe summer,” Lake Carriers…

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4 Cleveland high school rowing teams head to nationals

By Laura Johnston | May 24, 2018

Four Cleveland high schools are competing in the Scholastic Rowing Association National Championships this weekend. Magnificat, Saint Joseph Academy, Shaker Heights and St. Ignatius will among the 556 boats from 185 schools racing on a 1,500-meter course in the Cooper River in Camden, New Jersey, on Friday and Saturday. St. Ignatius and Shaker Heights practice…

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Where can you rent a Jet Ski on Lake Erie?

By Laura Johnston | May 23, 2018

What’s more fun that flying through Lake Erie waves on a Jet Ski? Or a Sea Doo, or Waverunner, or whatever. Let’s talk personal watercraft here. See what’s new with Sea-Doos in a video here. The sun on your face, your hair blowing everywhere, your music pumping as you rev up to The speeds of…

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25 songs of summer: the perfect Lake Erie playlist

By Laura Johnston | May 22, 2018

You need a soundtrack for summer: mellow songs for watching the sun set, classic songs for drinking a beer with a buddy on the back deck, big songs for rocking out in the car, windows down, on the way to the beach. We’re not just talking the fleeing hits that dominate one season: the “Call…

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Lake Road House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | May 21, 2018

This $950,000 Bay Village home offers two-story windows overlooking Lake Erie. The house on Lake Road was built in 1968 and includes 4,600 square feet, with four bedrooms, five bathrooms, kitchen with granite island, office and four-season sunroom with a wet bar. The second floor includes a master suite with a private balcony. Another bedroom…

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Western Reserve Rowing christens boat for veterans

By Laura Johnston | May 19, 2018

The Western Reserve Rowing Association has created its first program for veterans, and members on Friday christened a boat “U.S. Armed Forces” in their honor. About 30 veterans, military spouses, rowers and Gold Star families attended the ceremony at the Cleveland Rowing Foundation. Association board member Kerry Watterson, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, gave a…

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Lakeside Chautauqua welcomes all: Things to do in the Ohio private community

By Laura Johnston | May 18, 2018

All are welcome in Lakeside Chautauqua. All can participate in the community’s myriad activities, from art classes to shuffleboard. The 1-square-mile private community, which was just named one of the 10 best little beach towns on the Great Lakes, draws 150,000 visitors each year to the shores of Lake Erie. It has a gate fee…

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Margaritaville manager talks old Flats vs. new Flats: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | May 17, 2018

Meet Joe Jalsevac, general manager of Margaritaville Cleveland in the Flats East Bank. Jalsevac, 37, has lived in Greater Cleveland his whole life, running a country club and then a restaurant. When he heard about plans for a revamped Flats East Bank, he was on board.  β€œMy friends and I all had fake IDs. From…

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Watch the sunset over the Cuyahoga River on our new Music Box Supper Club bridge cam

By Laura Johnston | May 16, 2018

You know that new Music Box Supper Club bridge cam we launched Tuesday? Turns out you can capture some pretty cool timelapse video. See the sun set — and the lights turn on — Tuesday night in the Flats. A half hour in 30 seconds.  The bridge lifts, a boat goes through, and the Port…

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Introducing a live feed of the Cuyahoga River with the Music Box Supper Club bridge cam

By Laura Johnston | May 15, 2018

Is the Norfolk Southern bridge over the Cuyahoga River up or down? Check the live feed on the new Music Box Supper Club bridge cam. RocktheLake mounted a security camera on the patio at Music Box in the West Bank of the Flats. And we pointed the camera at the railroad bridge that separates Lake…

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Lake Carriers urge good seamanship for safe summer on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | May 25, 2018 | Comments Off on Lake Carriers urge good seamanship for safe summer on Lake Erie

It’s summer boating season! And the Lake Carriers Association — the Rocky River-based trade group that represents U.S. freighters on the Great Lakes — wants to keep all vessels safe on the water. “If everybody follows the rules of the road, if you have good seamanship, we ought to have a safe summer,” Lake Carriers…

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Ohio Lake Erie fish report May 24

By Laura Johnston | May 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Ohio Lake Erie fish report May 24

Going fishing this Memorial Day weekend? The Lake Erie marina and harbor areas offer walleye, northern pike, panfish, and largemouth and smallmouth bass this time of year Other than the oddball stray, steelhead are gone from the streams until fall, says says Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec. In his weekly fish report, Durkalec says Cleveland…

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Lake Erie marine forecast for Memorial Day weekend

By Kelly Reardon | May 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Lake Erie marine forecast for Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. But unfortunately the weekend is looking spotty for boating on Lake Erie. Thunderstorms could dampen plans on the water Saturday and Sunday. Friday and Monday, however, skies are looking mostly clear and waves, unusually small. On Memorial Day, at the very most a stray, short-lived shower or…

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4 Cleveland high school rowing teams head to nationals

By Laura Johnston | May 24, 2018 | Comments Off on 4 Cleveland high school rowing teams head to nationals

Four Cleveland high schools are competing in the Scholastic Rowing Association National Championships this weekend. Magnificat, Saint Joseph Academy, Shaker Heights and St. Ignatius will among the 556 boats from 185 schools racing on a 1,500-meter course in the Cooper River in Camden, New Jersey, on Friday and Saturday. St. Ignatius and Shaker Heights practice…

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Where can you rent a Jet Ski on Lake Erie?

By Laura Johnston | May 23, 2018 | Comments Off on Where can you rent a Jet Ski on Lake Erie?

What’s more fun that flying through Lake Erie waves on a Jet Ski? Or a Sea Doo, or Waverunner, or whatever. Let’s talk personal watercraft here. See what’s new with Sea-Doos in a video here. The sun on your face, your hair blowing everywhere, your music pumping as you rev up to The speeds of…

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25 songs of summer: the perfect Lake Erie playlist

By Laura Johnston | May 22, 2018 | Comments Off on 25 songs of summer: the perfect Lake Erie playlist

You need a soundtrack for summer: mellow songs for watching the sun set, classic songs for drinking a beer with a buddy on the back deck, big songs for rocking out in the car, windows down, on the way to the beach. We’re not just talking the fleeing hits that dominate one season: the “Call…

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U.S. Coast Guard urges boaters to file float plan, in case of emergency

By Laura Johnston | May 21, 2018 | Comments Off on U.S. Coast Guard urges boaters to file float plan, in case of emergency

The U.S. Coast Guard this summer is urging boaters to create a float plan and use the the Coast Guard Boating Safety social media app to stay safe. “No one plans to get lost out on the water,” says a news release from the Coast Guard. “No one plans to have their boat break down…

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Lake Road House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | May 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Lake Road House of the Week

This $950,000 Bay Village home offers two-story windows overlooking Lake Erie. The house on Lake Road was built in 1968 and includes 4,600 square feet, with four bedrooms, five bathrooms, kitchen with granite island, office and four-season sunroom with a wet bar. The second floor includes a master suite with a private balcony. Another bedroom…

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Western Reserve Rowing christens boat for veterans

By Laura Johnston | May 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Western Reserve Rowing christens boat for veterans

The Western Reserve Rowing Association has created its first program for veterans, and members on Friday christened a boat “U.S. Armed Forces” in their honor. About 30 veterans, military spouses, rowers and Gold Star families attended the ceremony at the Cleveland Rowing Foundation. Association board member Kerry Watterson, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, gave a…

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Lake Erie fish report May 18

By Laura Johnston | May 18, 2018 | Comments Off on Lake Erie fish report May 18

Going fishing this weekend? Make sure you check out the story of the 8-year-old who caught a 12-pound walleye and may win a $40,000 boat. 8-year-old leads Fish Crazy walleye derby, with $40,000 boat prize Here’s what the fishing looks like this week in Ohio’s Lake Erie waters, from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.…

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