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See the new century-old Shipyards venue in Lorain

By Laura Johnston | January 15, 2020

The shipbuilding industry has left Lorain. But one last warehouse on the Black River remains. And its 25,000 square feet is being transformed into an events venue, restaurant and wine bar. Featuring exposed brick walls, lofty ceilings and massive windows looking onto the Black River and Lake Erie beyond, the venue is stunning industrial chic.…

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Take a ride on a tiki barge on the Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | January 14, 2020

Pretend you’re in the tropics by taking a tiki barge cruise on the Cuyahoga River this summer. The 30-foot-long pontoon boat will host 20 people on five two-hour cruises each day, beginning about 11 a.m. Guests can buy individual tickets for public cruises for about $40, plus fees and tax, or rent the entire boat…

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Lake Erie forecasted to be 80 percent ice covered

By Laura Johnston | January 14, 2020

Lake Erie is expected to reach 80% ice coverage by its peak in late February. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts a 47% freeze across all five Great Lakes, below the 55.7% long-term average but well above the 9.5% coverage in 2002, the lowest amount recorded since record keeping began in 1973. Lake Erie,…

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10 fun things to do at the Cleveland Boat Show

By Laura Johnston | January 14, 2020

The Progressive Cleveland Boat Show starts Thursday, the biggest in a decade. More than 450 boats will fill the I-X Center, which also offers a host of other activities. You can try scuba diving, get some fishing tips and groove to Put-in-Bay musicians. You can grab a beer and sip lobster bisque while admiring vintage…

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See photos from the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival

By Laura Johnston | October 16, 2019

An annual highlight of autumn, the Lakeside Marblehead Lighthouse Festival welcomed thousands of visitors into the community of Lakeside Chautauqua for children’s games, pumpkin decorating, arts & crafts vendors, a farmers’ market and even a clambake dinner. Down the road, the Marblehead Lighthouse was open for visitors to climb. The sun was out Saturday, despite…

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See the Song of the Whales restoration, Cuyahoga River water trail designation

By Laura Johnston | October 9, 2019

Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River have had a big year, celebrating 50 years of resurgence since the final river fire. Check out two recent celebrations of that work, in videos from West Creek Conservancy’s Peter Bode. Above, artist Wyland touches up his Song of the Whales mural on the Cleveland Public Power building. (Find…

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Clouds like waves over Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | September 30, 2019

The waves on Saturday formed over a calm Lake Erie. The curved swells of clouds are actually a type called Kelvin-Helmholtz. And they denote instability in the atmosphere. Did you spot them at all? Take a look at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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See the 2019 Lake Erie winning photos

By Laura Johnston | September 26, 2019

From a rainbow of Adirondack chairs to a kitesurfer on a massive wave, the winners of the Life on Lake Erie photo contest are astounding. Ohio’s Lake Erie Commission runs the contest each year. Check out the winners here: https://www.lakeerie.ohio.gov/PublicOutreach/LifeonLakeEriePhotoContest.aspx And check out the winners of RocktheLake’s 2018 Summer Solstice Sunset photo contest below:

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When do you haul out your boat?

By Laura Johnston | September 23, 2019

It’s officially fall, even if the weather is stuck in summer mode. So when do you plan to haul out your boat for the season? We’ve got lots of boating season left, from weekend cruises with the family to fishing during the Lake Erie Walleye Fall Brawl. The Cleveland Metroparks’ Emerald Necklace Marina removes its…

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Edgewater hosts J/70 North American sailing championship

By Laura Johnston | September 11, 2019

J/70 sailboats are coming from across North America to race at Edgewater Yacht Club Sept. 25-28. The club is hosting the North American championships, with the Cleveland (215) Regatta serving as a tune-up Sept. 20-22. “People don’t know they should be proud, the events we’re hosting, the regattas we’re competing in,” organizer Caroline Sundman said.…

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See the new century-old Shipyards venue in Lorain

By Laura Johnston | January 15, 2020 | Comments Off on See the new century-old Shipyards venue in Lorain

The shipbuilding industry has left Lorain. But one last warehouse on the Black River remains. And its 25,000 square feet is being transformed into an events venue, restaurant and wine bar. Featuring exposed brick walls, lofty ceilings and massive windows looking onto the Black River and Lake Erie beyond, the venue is stunning industrial chic.…

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Take a ride on a tiki barge on the Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | January 14, 2020 | Comments Off on Take a ride on a tiki barge on the Cuyahoga River

Pretend you’re in the tropics by taking a tiki barge cruise on the Cuyahoga River this summer. The 30-foot-long pontoon boat will host 20 people on five two-hour cruises each day, beginning about 11 a.m. Guests can buy individual tickets for public cruises for about $40, plus fees and tax, or rent the entire boat…

Read More

Lake Erie forecasted to be 80 percent ice covered

By Laura Johnston | January 14, 2020 | Comments Off on Lake Erie forecasted to be 80 percent ice covered

Lake Erie is expected to reach 80% ice coverage by its peak in late February. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts a 47% freeze across all five Great Lakes, below the 55.7% long-term average but well above the 9.5% coverage in 2002, the lowest amount recorded since record keeping began in 1973. Lake Erie,…

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10 fun things to do at the Cleveland Boat Show

By Laura Johnston | January 14, 2020 | Comments Off on 10 fun things to do at the Cleveland Boat Show

The Progressive Cleveland Boat Show starts Thursday, the biggest in a decade. More than 450 boats will fill the I-X Center, which also offers a host of other activities. You can try scuba diving, get some fishing tips and groove to Put-in-Bay musicians. You can grab a beer and sip lobster bisque while admiring vintage…

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See who’s winning in the 2019 Walleye Fall Brawl

By Laura Johnston | November 25, 2019 | Comments Off on See who’s winning in the 2019 Walleye Fall Brawl

You’ve got less than a week to catch a monster walleye and win a boat in the 2019 Walleye Fall Brawl. The contest ends at 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Last year, the contest came down to the penultimate day, when Clarence Mitchell Jr. caught a 13.7-pound tank off the coast of Cleveland. In 2017,…

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Sunny but brisk: Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 14-16

By Laura Johnston | November 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Sunny but brisk: Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 14-16

Sunshine is on the way for the weekend, along with slightly warmer temperatures. Here’s the full National Weather Service marine forecast for Avon Point to Willowick. Friday: West-southwest wind 13 to 15 knots becoming west-northwest in the afternoon. Partly sunny. Waves 3 to 4 feet. High of 39. Friday night: NW wind 13 to 17…

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Chilly and chance of rain: Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 8-11

By Laura Johnston | November 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Chilly and chance of rain: Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 8-11

If you haven’t hauled out your boat yet, you’re in a small minority. But if you’re holding out for a Thanksgiving Crib-bean cruise, there’s a small craft advisory through Friday. Here’s the full National Weather Service marine forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick. Friday: Northwest wind 15 to 18 knots decreasing to 9 to 12…

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Make a marine debris public service announcement and win Cedar Point tickets

By Laura Johnston | November 5, 2019 | Comments Off on Make a marine debris public service announcement and win Cedar Point tickets

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio high school students can win a field trip to Stone Lab on Gibraltar Island and tickets to Cedar Point, by creating a public service video on the dangers of marine debris in the Great Lakes. The contest, in its fourth year, is run by Ohio Sea Grant and the National Oceanic…

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Ohio Lake Erie fish report Nov. 1

By Laura Johnston | October 31, 2019 | Comments Off on Ohio Lake Erie fish report Nov. 1

Walleye are in their traditional fall spots, and perch fishing has picked up. Here’s the full Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report. Western Basin Walleye  Where: Walleye are starting to show up in their traditional fall feeding grounds as they follow shad nearshore. The best bite during the day remains offshore in 30-45 feet of…

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Frightful weekend: Ohio Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 1-3

By Laura Johnston | October 31, 2019 | Comments Off on Frightful weekend: Ohio Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 1-3

Lake Erie weather was frightful for Halloween, with a storm water and waves up to 20 feet. The rest of the weekend isn’t looking much better, with lots of wind, temperatures in the 40s and chances of rain. Here’s the National Weather Service marine forecast from Avon Point to Willowick: Friday: Gale warning remains. West-southwest…

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