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Where to rent a kayak, catch a cruise or dragon boat on the Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | June 20, 2019

Now that the Cuyahoga is clean, it’s a destination for recreation. If you have your own kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, here’s where to access the river at 16 public parks, from Geauga to Cleveland. If you don’t, we’ve got where to rent kayaks and canoes, learn how to row, or just take a cruise…

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Cool, sunny summer solstice: Lake Erie marine forecast June 21-23

By Laura Johnston | June 20, 2019

Summer officially starts Friday, with the summer solstice marking the longest day of the year. But it definitely won’t be the warmest, with a high of 64 degrees. The Lake Erie temperature is 63 degrees, according to the National Weather Service offshore forecast from Avon Point to Willowick. Friday: Northwest wind 7 to 10 knots.…

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Pick your favorite Lake Erie solution in ErieHack 2.0

By Laura Johnston | June 17, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A farm drainage tile that filters out phosphorus? A trash screen for storm sewers? An ultrasonic frequency that kills algae? You can vote on your favorite invention to clean up Lake Erie, as part of ErieHack 2.0. The Cleveland Water Alliances competition aims to find solutions to Lake Erie’s most pressing problems,…

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Cuyahoga River celebrates 50 years of rejuvenation

By Laura Johnston | June 17, 2019

Since the final Cuyahoga River fire in 1969, Cleveland has transformed the Cuyahoga River from cesspool to beach party. (Albeit a party that a freighter occasionally powers through.) Cleveland is celebrating that transformation all week, leading up to the official anniversary June 22. See a historical timeline of the Cuyahoga River and the original report…

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How the Foundry and Cleveland Rowing Foundation have changed Cleveland

By Laura Johnston | June 13, 2019

In 30 years on the Cuyahoga River, the Cleveland Rowing Foundation and Western Reserve Rowing Foundation have made rowing an institution in the city. Across the Columbus Road bridge, the two-year-old Foundry is using rowing and sailing to change the lives of city residents. See the story of both at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Rainy Father’s Day weekend: Lake Erie marine forecast June 14-16

By Laura Johnston | June 13, 2019

Happy Father’s Day! Sorry the weather won’t be in a celebratory mood. We’re looking at small craft advisory through 4 p.m. Friday, with gusts up to 35 knots and waves 4 to 7 feet. Saturday afternoon through Sunday are looking rainy, according to the National Weather Service. Here’s the marine forecast for Lake Erie, from…

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What Lake Erie’s record high water level looks like

By Laura Johnston | June 12, 2019

Docks are underwater. There’s no beach at Columbia Road Beach. With Lake Erie 33 inches higher than normal, we’re all seeing the effects. See a gallery of photos at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Sandusky named one of top fishing towns

By Laura Johnston | June 6, 2019

On top of winning USA Today’s No. 1 coastal city contest, Sandusky has been named one of the top seven fishing spots in the Great Lakes. Fishingbooker.com lauded the Lake Erie small town for its populous walley and perch, sheltered bay and ice fishing. “If you haven’t tried ice fishing before, just know that there are few…

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Lake Erie breaks all-time high-water record

By Laura Johnston | June 3, 2019

We’ve all seen the high water. Lake Erie has been creeping over roads and washing out docks. The Great Lake has officially toppled the U.S. Army Corps’ record high-water mark, set in 1986. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Rocky River volunteer clean up: Ohio Lake Erie fish report May 31-June 2

By Laura Johnston | May 30, 2019

Help clean up the Rocky River on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m to noon, followed by a cookout.  The clean-up is an effort between caring citizens, Rocky River Watershed Council, Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, Earnest Machine, local groups and Cleveland Metroparks.  All are welcome at this family-friendly event, and please come dressed to possibly…

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Hello, summer! Lake Erie marine forecast June 7-9

By Laura Johnston | June 6, 2019 | Comments Off on Hello, summer! Lake Erie marine forecast June 7-9

The kids are out of school, and it feels like summer, with a weekend forecast of sun and highs in the 70s. The water temperature off Toledo is 65 degrees, off Cleveland 60 degrees and off Erie 62 degrees. Friday: Northeast wind 7 to 10 knots increasing to 12 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Sunny.…

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Lake Erie breaks all-time high-water record

By Laura Johnston | June 3, 2019 | Comments Off on Lake Erie breaks all-time high-water record

We’ve all seen the high water. Lake Erie has been creeping over roads and washing out docks. The Great Lake has officially toppled the U.S. Army Corps’ record high-water mark, set in 1986. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Rocky River volunteer clean up: Ohio Lake Erie fish report May 31-June 2

By Laura Johnston | May 30, 2019 | Comments Off on Rocky River volunteer clean up: Ohio Lake Erie fish report May 31-June 2

Help clean up the Rocky River on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m to noon, followed by a cookout.  The clean-up is an effort between caring citizens, Rocky River Watershed Council, Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, Earnest Machine, local groups and Cleveland Metroparks.  All are welcome at this family-friendly event, and please come dressed to possibly…

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13 ways to get out on Lake Erie this summer

By Laura Johnston | May 30, 2019 | Comments Off on 13 ways to get out on Lake Erie this summer

Rent a kayak. Hunt for beach glass. Fish. We can all get our blue mind on this summer on Lake Erie, even if we don’t own a boat. See the full list of possibilities on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Lake Erie marine forecast May 30-June 2

By Laura Johnston | May 30, 2019 | Comments Off on Lake Erie marine forecast May 30-June 2

This weekend comes with a chance of showers, so hopefully you can dodge them on your boat. The water temperature off Toledo is 64 degrees, off Cleveland 56 degrees and off Erie 58 degrees. And the air temperature out on the lake will be in the 60s. See the National Weather Service forecast from Avon Point…

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Good fishing for Memorial Day weekend: Lake Erie fish report

By Laura Johnston | May 23, 2019 | Comments Off on Good fishing for Memorial Day weekend: Lake Erie fish report

Going fishing this Memorial Day weekend? The Rocky and Chagrin rivers will offer good fishing conditions through the weekend, Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec writes in his weekly fish report. For the second year, some adult walleye and white bass are making a late spring appearance by the Emerald Necklace marina. “Anglers fishing a jig,…

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Summer kickoff! Lake Erie marine forecast for Memorial Day weekend

By Laura Johnston | May 23, 2019 | Comments Off on Summer kickoff! Lake Erie marine forecast for Memorial Day weekend

Launch your boat and break out your swimsuit. It’s Memorial Day weekend on Lake Erie! Unfortunately, the forecast calls for showers, and temperatures are not really swimsuit worthy. Neither is the water temperature — 60 degrees off Toledo and 55 off Cleveland. Friday: North-northwest wind 5 to 7 knots becoming variable and less than 5…

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The pink flamingo in the Cuyahoga River really did take safety precautions

By Laura Johnston | May 23, 2019 | Comments Off on The pink flamingo in the Cuyahoga River really did take safety precautions

We showed you what not to do on the Cuyahoga River, especially when a giant freighter could mow you down. Our favorite photo? A giant pink blow-up flamingo. The captain of that flamingo reached out and shared his side of the story. He had lifejackets! See the full story on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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It’s National Safe Boating Week!

By Laura Johnston | May 22, 2019 | Comments Off on It’s National Safe Boating Week!

Sadly, we missed Wear Your Lifejacket to Work Day. (It was May 17.) But we can still remind boaters of safety tips as the summer boating season heats up. “We are excited to join forces with partners around the world to encourage everyone to wear a life jacket when on the water and always boat…

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Scenic to industrial: See all the moods of the Cuyahoga in Crooked River Contrasts exhibit

By Laura Johnston | May 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Scenic to industrial: See all the moods of the Cuyahoga in Crooked River Contrasts exhibit

From the tranquil headquarters near Burton to the busy industrial channel in downtown Cleveland, the Cuyahoga River is gorgeous. Photographers captured the river’s beauty, over seasons and years, in the West Creek Conservancy’s Crooked River Contrasts exhibit. Go see it, or see all the photos on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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