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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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Enter the Lake Erie Commission photo contest

By Laura Johnston | April 5, 2019 | Comments Off on Enter the Lake Erie Commission photo contest

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 | Comments Off on Peak steelhead season: Lake Erie fish report April 5-7

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

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 | Comments Off on Foundry kicks off high school sailing season

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

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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Walleye in the islands, steelhead off the Cleveland shore: Lake Erie fish report

By Laura Johnston | March 28, 2019 | Comments Off on Walleye in the islands, steelhead off the Cleveland shore: Lake Erie fish report

If you’re fishing, be cautious. The Lake Erie water temperature off Toledo is 41 degrees, off Cleveland 37 degrees and off Erie 34 degrees, which puts anglers at risk for hypothermia. Always wear your lifejacket. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says it’s walleye season in the open lake. Anglers are doing well trolling around 1…

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Rain and snow: Lake Erie marine forecast March 29-31

By Laura Johnston | March 28, 2019 | Comments Off on Rain and snow: Lake Erie marine forecast March 29-31

Sorry, guys. It’s spring. But the weather isn’t cooperating. The weekend calls for rain and maybe snow. The Lake Erie water temperature off Toledo is 41 degrees, off Cleveland 37 degrees and off Erie 34 degrees. Friday: North-northeast wind around 13 knots. A chance of showers. Waves around 3 feet. High of 41 degrees. Friday…

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What life is like aboard a Great Lakes freighter

By Laura Johnston | March 28, 2019 | Comments Off on What life is like aboard a Great Lakes freighter

The crew lives on the ship, working six hours on and six hours off, seven days a week, for 60 days. So what’s it like aboard a laker? RocktheLake climbed aboard (literally, with a ladder) at the Port of Cleveland Bulk Terminal at Whiskey Island on Lake Erie to find out. We rode Interlake Steamship…

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Meet the fleet at Cleveland Sailing Association breakfast

By Laura Johnston | March 27, 2019 | Comments Off on Meet the fleet at Cleveland Sailing Association breakfast

Kick off the Cleveland Sailing Association’s summer regatta series with a breakfast April 7. The $10 meal begins at 8:30 a.m. at Lakeside Yacht Club, with a presentation about the proposed wind turbines in Lake Erie by LEEDCo. Engineer Ed Verhamme. The Lake Erie Energy Develop Co. hopes to build six turbines 8 miles north of Cleveland in…

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Trout stocked in the Rocky River: Lake Erie fish report March 22-24

By Laura Johnston | March 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Trout stocked in the Rocky River: Lake Erie fish report March 22-24

The Cleveland Metroparks has stocked 600 pounds of trout in the east Branch Rocky River, in the first batch of the season. The Rocky River and other area streams are offering good steelhead fishing, with the freshest fish concentrated near Lake Erie, Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec writes in his weekly fish report. Though anglers should…

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