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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 hasnโ€™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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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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What to do on Put-in-Bay in 2019: See the calendar

By Laura Johnston | November 13, 2018 | Comments Off on What to do on Put-in-Bay in 2019: See the calendar

Sure, the Put-in-Bay season has barely ended. But in this cold and gloomy weather, we’re looking forward to next summer on the Lake Erie Islands.  You can find up-to-day event information on the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce website, www.visitiputinbay.com.  (FYI: The over-the-top island party weekend, Christmas in July, has not been officially recognized since 2013.…

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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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