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60,000 spectators expected for Tall Ships CLE in 2019

By Laura Johnston | November 12, 2018

Cleveland in July will welcome 10 Tall Ships — six from the United States, four Canadian and one from New Zealand. The festival July 11-14 will include day sails, live music, ship tours and more.  Read all about it — and see photos from the last few Tall Ship festivals in Cleveland — on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.…

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Lyman Life founder Michelle Burke named Lake Erie Marine Trades Association president

By Laura Johnston | November 12, 2018

The Lake Erie Marine Trades Association — which puts on five boat shows in Ohio — has named Michelle Burke as its new president.  Burke, the founder of lifestyle brand Lyman Life, will also serve as executive director of the Boating Associations of Ohio, voicing boaters’ views on issues such as harmful algal blooms and…

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Tour the National Museum of the Great Lakes

By Laura Johnston | October 24, 2018

Ever been to the National Museum of the Great Lakes? I hadn’t. And I was missing out on so much cool history, from the luxury cruise ships plying the lakes at the turn of the 19th century to the shipwreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. See photos and fun facts on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Reminisce on the Geneva-on-the-Lake Summer Fun Heritage Trail

By Laura Johnston | October 22, 2018

Remember the beauty pageants at the Burlesque? Or the shaved ice at the Popcorn Ball? Both businesses boomed during the heyday of Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio’s first resort.  The strip on Lake Erie is honoring its memories with the Geneva-on-the-Lake Summer Fun Heritage Trail.  See dozens of the signs on cleveland.com. 

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Stand-up paddling still growing

By Laura Johnston | October 17, 2018

People are still jumping on stand-up paddleboards — and the paddling bandwagon. At Nalu Stand-up Paddle and Surf in Rocky River, outings and rentals are up 30 percent in 2018, compared to last year. And owner Bill Cochrane thinks the sport will keep on growing. See the full story on cleveland.com. Buying a stand-up paddleboard:…

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Summer’s over, and it’s fall haul-out time for boats

By Laura Johnston | October 16, 2018

Summer skidded to a halt this weekend, just in time to haul out boats. Here’s what that looks like at the Cleveland Metroparks Emerald Necklace Marina. See the full story at cleveland.com.

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Bratenahl mansion steps from Lake Erie: House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | October 15, 2018

This four-bedroom, six bathroom mansion sits on more than an acre in the exclusive Colony community in Bratenahl. It was built in 2005 and is priced at $899,500. Steps from the lake, the property on Bingham Lane has Nine Mile Creek running through it. The 4,000-square-foot home features a bright office, three-season screened porch with…

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6 gorgeous spots to get married on Lake Erie: Romance the Lake

By Laura Johnston | October 11, 2018

You can’t beat Lake Erie as a backdrop for your wedding. Ceremony or reception, casual or formal, the north coast of Ohio has plenty of options. See six spectacular spots, from Vermilion to Geneva-on-the-Lake. Romance the Lake is a RocktheLake series brought to you by Peter & Co. Jewelers in Avon Lake. Throughout 2018, we’re bringing…

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Lake Erie paddlers form Ohio Surfrider chapter

By Laura Johnston | October 10, 2018

They did it! Lake Erie stand-up paddlers and surfers have created a Northern Ohio chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, to help clean up Ohio rivers and lakes. See the full story on cleveland.com. See the Facebook page here, and find out about the Oct. 17 meeting. Paddlers want to form Surfrider Foundation Cleveland chapter  

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Lakeside Chautauqua names new Symphony Orchestra conductor

By Laura Johnston | October 9, 2018

Lakeside Chautauqua was wowed by six guest conductors during the 2018 season. Now the private community on the shores of Lake Erie has chosen Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conductor Daniel Meyer to lead its Symphony Orchestra. Read the full story at cleveland.com.

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60,000 spectators expected for Tall Ships CLE in 2019

By Laura Johnston | November 12, 2018 | Comments Off on 60,000 spectators expected for Tall Ships CLE in 2019

Cleveland in July will welcome 10 Tall Ships — six from the United States, four Canadian and one from New Zealand. The festival July 11-14 will include day sails, live music, ship tours and more.  Read all about it — and see photos from the last few Tall Ship festivals in Cleveland — on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.…

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Lyman Life founder Michelle Burke named Lake Erie Marine Trades Association president

By Laura Johnston | November 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Lyman Life founder Michelle Burke named Lake Erie Marine Trades Association president

The Lake Erie Marine Trades Association — which puts on five boat shows in Ohio — has named Michelle Burke as its new president.  Burke, the founder of lifestyle brand Lyman Life, will also serve as executive director of the Boating Associations of Ohio, voicing boaters’ views on issues such as harmful algal blooms and…

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Ohio Lake Erie fish report Nov. 9-11

By Laura Johnston | November 8, 2018 | Comments Off on Ohio Lake Erie fish report Nov. 9-11

November winds have made fishing tough, as we get deep into fall. Breakwalls are a good bet.  Take a look at the full Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report here.  Wind and waves: Ohio Lake Erie forecast Nov. 9-11 Walleye   Where: Fishing has been tough over the last week due to high winds and rain…

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Wind and waves: Ohio Lake Erie forecast Nov. 9-11

By Laura Johnston | November 8, 2018 | Comments Off on Wind and waves: Ohio Lake Erie forecast Nov. 9-11

Fall is giving way to winter this weekend, with temperatures dropping and wind and waves picking up.   The water temperature off Toledo is 48 degrees, off Cleveland 53 degrees. See the full National Weather Service forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick, here.    Friday: Southeast wind 8 to 11 knots becoming west-southwest 14 to 17…

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Tall Ships Festival is coming to Cleveland!

By Laura Johnston | November 5, 2018 | Comments Off on Tall Ships Festival is coming to Cleveland!

The Tall Ships are coming to Cleveland! The brigs, schooners and sloops will be docked on our Lake Erie shores July 11-14. See the full story on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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See the Marquette & Bessemer No. 2, the phantom ship of Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | November 5, 2018 | Comments Off on See the Marquette & Bessemer No. 2, the phantom ship of Lake Erie

The Marquette & Bessemer No. 2, a railroad car ferry that chugged daily between Conneaut and Port Stanley, Ontario, sank in a storm in December 1909. The captain and crew of 35 died in the wreck. And the boat was never found.  You can research this story, and lots of stories from the Great Lakes…

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Rainy, windy and cool: Ohio Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 1-4

By Laura Johnston | November 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Rainy, windy and cool: Ohio Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 1-4

The weekend starts with a small craft advisory. So beware. Saturday looks rainy and cold, but good news! Sunday is looking sunny, without too much wind! See the full National Weather Service forecast for Avon Point to Willowick. Friday: North-northwest wind 13 to 16 knots, decreasing to 9 to 12 knots in the afternoon. Showers likely,…

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Hot steelhead in Cleveland: Ohio Lake Erie fish report Nov. 1-4

By Laura Johnston | November 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Hot steelhead in Cleveland: Ohio Lake Erie fish report Nov. 1-4

Fishing Lake Erie from the shore? Fishing was good this week, with lots of steelhead caught, plus walleye after dark, writes Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec.  What to use as bait from the breakwalls at Edgewater Marina, East 55th and East 72nd street marinas and Wildwood Park? For steelhead: a whole nightcrawler on a…

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U.S. Coast Guard visits Old Coast Guard Station

By Laura Johnston | November 1, 2018 | Comments Off on U.S. Coast Guard visits Old Coast Guard Station

The U.S. Coast Guard moved out of the old station at the tip of Whiskey Island in 1976. In the last few years, the Foundry and the Cleveland Metroparks have transformed the space into a sailing center.   The Coast Guard visited recently to share cold water survival tips. “These are some tough kids, learning to be…

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Something witchy this way comes: See Coven of Witches stand-up paddle on the Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | October 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Something witchy this way comes: See Coven of Witches stand-up paddle on the Cuyahoga River

Four brave souls  paddled the Cuyahoga River Monday in witchy robes and hats, to celebrate Halloween.  Paddler Christy Gray organized the event after seeing hundreds of witches on paddleboards in Portland, Oregon.  See the photos on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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