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See the new century-old Shipyards venue in Lorain

By Laura Johnston | January 15, 2020

The shipbuilding industry has left Lorain. But one last warehouse on the Black River remains. And its 25,000 square feet is being transformed into an events venue, restaurant and wine bar. Featuring exposed brick walls, lofty ceilings and massive windows looking onto the Black River and Lake Erie beyond, the venue is stunning industrial chic.…

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Take a ride on a tiki barge on the Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | January 14, 2020

Pretend you’re in the tropics by taking a tiki barge cruise on the Cuyahoga River this summer. The 30-foot-long pontoon boat will host 20 people on five two-hour cruises each day, beginning about 11 a.m. Guests can buy individual tickets for public cruises for about $40, plus fees and tax, or rent the entire boat…

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Lake Erie forecasted to be 80 percent ice covered

By Laura Johnston | January 14, 2020

Lake Erie is expected to reach 80% ice coverage by its peak in late February. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts a 47% freeze across all five Great Lakes, below the 55.7% long-term average but well above the 9.5% coverage in 2002, the lowest amount recorded since record keeping began in 1973. Lake Erie,…

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10 fun things to do at the Cleveland Boat Show

By Laura Johnston | January 14, 2020

The Progressive Cleveland Boat Show starts Thursday, the biggest in a decade. More than 450 boats will fill the I-X Center, which also offers a host of other activities. You can try scuba diving, get some fishing tips and groove to Put-in-Bay musicians. You can grab a beer and sip lobster bisque while admiring vintage…

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See photos from the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival

By Laura Johnston | October 16, 2019

An annual highlight of autumn, the Lakeside Marblehead Lighthouse Festival welcomed thousands of visitors into the community of Lakeside Chautauqua for children’s games, pumpkin decorating, arts & crafts vendors, a farmers’ market and even a clambake dinner. Down the road, the Marblehead Lighthouse was open for visitors to climb. The sun was out Saturday, despite…

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See the Song of the Whales restoration, Cuyahoga River water trail designation

By Laura Johnston | October 9, 2019

Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River have had a big year, celebrating 50 years of resurgence since the final river fire. Check out two recent celebrations of that work, in videos from West Creek Conservancy’s Peter Bode. Above, artist Wyland touches up his Song of the Whales mural on the Cleveland Public Power building. (Find…

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Clouds like waves over Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | September 30, 2019

The waves on Saturday formed over a calm Lake Erie. The curved swells of clouds are actually a type called Kelvin-Helmholtz. And they denote instability in the atmosphere. Did you spot them at all? Take a look at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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See the 2019 Lake Erie winning photos

By Laura Johnston | September 26, 2019

From a rainbow of Adirondack chairs to a kitesurfer on a massive wave, the winners of the Life on Lake Erie photo contest are astounding. Ohio’s Lake Erie Commission runs the contest each year. Check out the winners here: https://www.lakeerie.ohio.gov/PublicOutreach/LifeonLakeEriePhotoContest.aspx And check out the winners of RocktheLake’s 2018 Summer Solstice Sunset photo contest below:

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When do you haul out your boat?

By Laura Johnston | September 23, 2019

It’s officially fall, even if the weather is stuck in summer mode. So when do you plan to haul out your boat for the season? We’ve got lots of boating season left, from weekend cruises with the family to fishing during the Lake Erie Walleye Fall Brawl. The Cleveland Metroparks’ Emerald Necklace Marina removes its…

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Edgewater hosts J/70 North American sailing championship

By Laura Johnston | September 11, 2019

J/70 sailboats are coming from across North America to race at Edgewater Yacht Club Sept. 25-28. The club is hosting the North American championships, with the Cleveland (215) Regatta serving as a tune-up Sept. 20-22. “People don’t know they should be proud, the events we’re hosting, the regattas we’re competing in,” organizer Caroline Sundman said.…

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Clouds like waves over Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | September 30, 2019 | Comments Off on Clouds like waves over Lake Erie

The waves on Saturday formed over a calm Lake Erie. The curved swells of clouds are actually a type called Kelvin-Helmholtz. And they denote instability in the atmosphere. Did you spot them at all? Take a look at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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See the 2019 Lake Erie winning photos

By Laura Johnston | September 26, 2019 | Comments Off on See the 2019 Lake Erie winning photos

From a rainbow of Adirondack chairs to a kitesurfer on a massive wave, the winners of the Life on Lake Erie photo contest are astounding. Ohio’s Lake Erie Commission runs the contest each year. Check out the winners here: https://www.lakeerie.ohio.gov/PublicOutreach/LifeonLakeEriePhotoContest.aspx And check out the winners of RocktheLake’s 2018 Summer Solstice Sunset photo contest below:

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Ohio Lake Erie fish report Sept. 27

By Laura Johnston | September 26, 2019 | Comments Off on Ohio Lake Erie fish report Sept. 27

Get excited for fall fishing! Anglers in the Rocky River and other streams are targeting smallmouth bass, carp, panfish, and channel catfish, as well as early returning steelhead trout, says Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec. Lake Erie anglers are primarily fishing for walleye. Early steelhead first show up around off the rocks at Edgewater and East…

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Sailor’s delight: Lake Erie marine forecast Sept. 27-29

By Laura Johnston | September 26, 2019 | Comments Off on Sailor’s delight: Lake Erie marine forecast Sept. 27-29

This weekend is looking fantastic for the J/70 North American Sailing Championships on Lake Erie. Sun and lots of wind, without monstrous waves. The Lake Erie water temperature is 71 off Toledo and 71 off Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast. Here’s the National Weather Service marine forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick. Friday:…

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When do you haul out your boat?

By Laura Johnston | September 23, 2019 | Comments Off on When do you haul out your boat?

It’s officially fall, even if the weather is stuck in summer mode. So when do you plan to haul out your boat for the season? We’ve got lots of boating season left, from weekend cruises with the family to fishing during the Lake Erie Walleye Fall Brawl. The Cleveland Metroparks’ Emerald Necklace Marina removes its…

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Summer in September: Lake Erie marine forecast Sept. 20-22

By Laura Johnston | September 19, 2019 | Comments Off on Summer in September: Lake Erie marine forecast Sept. 20-22

Halfway into September, and our weekends still feel like summer. Lots of wind to accompany the warm weather and sunshine, though Sunday includes a chance of rain. Here’s the National Weather Service marine forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick. Friday: South wind 8 to 10 knots becoming west in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Waves around…

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Steelhead starting: Ohio Lake Erie fish report Sept. 13

By Laura Johnston | September 12, 2019 | Comments Off on Steelhead starting: Ohio Lake Erie fish report Sept. 13

Kick off the steelhead season with the annual Steelhead Expo at the Rocky River Nature Center on Saturday, Sept. 21.  The Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders and Cleveland Metroparks will host the free day of expert speakers and seminars, vendors, and more. OCBS, a non-profit sportman’s group, is offering a raffle as a fundraiser. Early steelhead…

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Sunny and 70s: Ohio Lake Erie marine forecast Sept. 13-15

By Laura Johnston | September 12, 2019 | Comments Off on Sunny and 70s: Ohio Lake Erie marine forecast Sept. 13-15

Lake Erie has a small craft advisory through tonight. But this weekend is looking grand for one last hit of summer — especially if you’re taking a spin at the Progressive North Coast Boat Show. See the full National Weather Service forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick. And enjoy the weekend! Today: North-northwest wind 8…

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Edgewater hosts J/70 North American sailing championship

By Laura Johnston | September 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Edgewater hosts J/70 North American sailing championship

J/70 sailboats are coming from across North America to race at Edgewater Yacht Club Sept. 25-28. The club is hosting the North American championships, with the Cleveland (215) Regatta serving as a tune-up Sept. 20-22. “People don’t know they should be proud, the events we’re hosting, the regattas we’re competing in,” organizer Caroline Sundman said.…

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Where to camp on Lake Erie shores

By Laura Johnston | September 10, 2019 | Comments Off on Where to camp on Lake Erie shores

Want to fall asleep under the stars, listening to the waves on Lake Erie? What you need is a tent and a campground. And thankfully, we found 10 along the Ohio coast — including spots on Put-in-Bay, Kelleys Island and Middle Bass Island. Check out 10 state parks and private campgrounds at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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