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Marine industry workers needed

By Laura Johnston | December 11, 2018

The marine industry is expecting a shortage of workers, as Baby Boomers retire.  Ever dream about working on a ship? There are lots of opportunities.  Read all about them on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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This boat delivers mail to freighters on the Detroit River

By Laura Johnston | December 10, 2018

The J.W. Westcott invented “mail-in-the-pail” in 1874. And 144 years later, it’s still using the technique to deliver letters, as well as packages and sometimes pizza, to freighters in the Detroit River.  It’s the only boat with its own U.S. ZIP Code. Read all about it on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake. 

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Lakeside Chautauqua to renovate sport courts, with Giving Tuesday donations

By Laura Johnston | December 4, 2018

Lakeside Chautauqua is updating its volleyball and basketball courts at Bettinger Park, on the shores of Lake Erie, after it raised nearly $500,000 on Giving Tuesday.  See more on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake. Lakeside Chautauqua welcomes all: Things to do in the Ohio private community

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Lake Erie’s Crystal Beach named among best beaches in the world

By Laura Johnston | December 3, 2018

Lake Erie’s Crystal Beach ranks among the 50 best beaches in North America, and the top 400 beaches in the world, according to 1,000 travel professionals and the website Flightnetwork.com.  The Canadian beach, across the U.S. border from Buffalo, near Fort Erie, Ontario, ranks No. 39 in North America. The spot gets praise for “flawless white sand”…

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See the winning walleye in the 2018 Fall Brawl

By Laura Johnston | December 2, 2018

The 2018 Lake Erie Walleye Fall Brawl came down to the penultimate day, when Clarence Mitchell Jr. caught a 13.7-pound tank.  The results are still subject to polygraph tests. But Mitchell could win a $100,000 Warrior boat. See the full story on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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It’s the penultimate day of the Fall Brawl. Go fishing on Lake Erie!

By Laura Johnston | November 30, 2018

Everybody wants to catch the big one, the winning walleye in the Fall Brawl.  On the penultimate day of the brawl, with a $100,000 boat at stake, I went fishing with the brawl’s founder and his buddies. And I caught a fish! See the full story on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.  

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North Coast Harbor sees 260,000 visitors for 2018 events

By Laura Johnston | November 28, 2018

Nearly 260,000 people visited Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor this year for festivals, summer sports in Voinovich Park and other events. That doesn’t include the Clevelanders and tourists powerwalking the East Ninth Street Pier at lunch time or strolling on a summer evening to see a Lake Erie sunset. Or visitors to museums, Cleveland Browns games…

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Last week of the 2018 Lake Erie Walleye Fall Brawl

By Laura Johnston | November 27, 2018

You’ve got less than a week to catch your winning walleye — and a $100,000 fishing boat. The 2018 Lake Erie Fall Brawl ends at 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.  As of Monday afternoon, the leading fish is just over 12 pounds, nearly 3 pounds shy of last year’s winner.  “This weather hasn’t been cooperating,” said…

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Vote for Western Reserve rowing coach as U.S. Rowing coach of the year

By Laura Johnston | November 26, 2018

Kirk Lang, executive director of the Cleveland Rowing Foundation and head coach of the Western Reserve Rowing Association, is up for U.S. Rowing Coach of the Year.  You can vote through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.  As Lang says, it’s Cleveland (and the Cuyahoga River) against the world. See the full story on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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6 spots to romance the holidays on Lake Erie: Romance the Lake

By Laura Johnston | November 26, 2018

The weather outside is frightful. But Lake Erie can still be delightful in December — especially if you’re viewing it from a roaring fire.  So snuggle up with your sweetie, ignore the shopping list for a weekend (or at least an evening) and head to Ohio’s North Coast for a relaxing, romantic break from the…

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North Coast Harbor sees 260,000 visitors for 2018 events

By Laura Johnston | November 28, 2018 | Comments Off on North Coast Harbor sees 260,000 visitors for 2018 events

Nearly 260,000 people visited Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor this year for festivals, summer sports in Voinovich Park and other events. That doesn’t include the Clevelanders and tourists powerwalking the East Ninth Street Pier at lunch time or strolling on a summer evening to see a Lake Erie sunset. Or visitors to museums, Cleveland Browns games…

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Last week of the 2018 Lake Erie Walleye Fall Brawl

By Laura Johnston | November 27, 2018 | Comments Off on Last week of the 2018 Lake Erie Walleye Fall Brawl

You’ve got less than a week to catch your winning walleye — and a $100,000 fishing boat. The 2018 Lake Erie Fall Brawl ends at 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.  As of Monday afternoon, the leading fish is just over 12 pounds, nearly 3 pounds shy of last year’s winner.  “This weather hasn’t been cooperating,” said…

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Vote for Western Reserve rowing coach as U.S. Rowing coach of the year

By Laura Johnston | November 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Vote for Western Reserve rowing coach as U.S. Rowing coach of the year

Kirk Lang, executive director of the Cleveland Rowing Foundation and head coach of the Western Reserve Rowing Association, is up for U.S. Rowing Coach of the Year.  You can vote through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.  As Lang says, it’s Cleveland (and the Cuyahoga River) against the world. See the full story on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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6 spots to romance the holidays on Lake Erie: Romance the Lake

By Laura Johnston | November 26, 2018 | Comments Off on 6 spots to romance the holidays on Lake Erie: Romance the Lake

The weather outside is frightful. But Lake Erie can still be delightful in December — especially if you’re viewing it from a roaring fire.  So snuggle up with your sweetie, ignore the shopping list for a weekend (or at least an evening) and head to Ohio’s North Coast for a relaxing, romantic break from the…

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Thanksgiving on the water: Ohio Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 21-24

By Laura Johnston | November 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Thanksgiving on the water: Ohio Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 21-24

Taking one last sail for the season on Thanksgiving? The weather is looking sunny, at least, for a “crib-bean cruise.” And the long weekend has highs in the upper 40s, if you need to stretch your legs on the beach, after all that turkey.    The Lake Erie water temperature is 40 off Toledo and…

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Ohio Lake Erie fish report Nov. 21-24

By Laura Johnston | November 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Ohio Lake Erie fish report Nov. 21-24

Lake Erie lovers are thankful for good fishing this Thanksgiving. The walleye bite has been good from a boat lately, though fishing from shore is proving tougher, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  The Lake Erie water temperature is 40 off Toledo and 47 off Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast.  See…

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Mid-America Boat Show renamed Cleveland Boat Show

By Laura Johnston | November 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Mid-America Boat Show renamed Cleveland Boat Show

The Cleveland Boat Show has a new name — the Cleveland Boat Show.  For years, the annual January boat show at the I-X Center hosted by the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association was officially known as the Mid-America Boat Show. But no one really called it that.  So new association President Michelle Burke announced Tuesday…

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8 Lake Erie spots for holiday shopping, from Port Clinton to Ashtabula

By Laura Johnston | November 19, 2018 | Comments Off on 8 Lake Erie spots for holiday shopping, from Port Clinton to Ashtabula

Get set for holiday shopping with RocktheLake’s guide to nautical gifts from local boutiques, from Northern Exposure in Port Clinton to Carlisle’s in Historic Ashtabula Harbor. We’ve got a list of eight great small shops, plus a few gift ideas. Check out the photos on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Steelhead, walley and more: Ohio Lake Erie fish report Nov. 16-18

By Laura Johnston | November 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Steelhead, walley and more: Ohio Lake Erie fish report Nov. 16-18

How is fishing in Cleveland? In his weekly Cleveland Metroparks fish report, aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec reports lots of success on the Rocky River and other area streams. Fallen leaves can pose a challenge when drifting some holes, though.  Steelhead opportunities will remain good until stream conditions change, Durkalec says.  The greatest concentration of steelhead are in…

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Cold and windy: Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 16-18

By Laura Johnston | November 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Cold and windy: Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 16-18

This weekend is looking cold and windy on Lake Erie this weekend!  The water temperature off Toledo is 42 degrees, off Cleveland 48 degrees and off Erie 45 degrees. Here’s the forecast from the National Weather Service, from  Friday: Southwest wind 20 to 24 knots, with gusts as high as 32 knots. A chance of…

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