Featured Buzz

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…

Read More

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.…

Read More

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,…

Read More

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…

Read More

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.

Read More

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…

Read More

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.

Read More

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…

Read More

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.

Read More

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…

Read More

More Buzz and News

Sandusky booming for residents, tourists: See the big downtown developments

By Laura Johnston | May 16, 2019 | Comments Off on Sandusky booming for residents, tourists: See the big downtown developments

Sandusky just celebrated its bicentennial. And the capital of Lake Erie vacationland is planning its future. For the full story, see cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

Read More

Lake Erie fish report May 17-19

By Laura Johnston | May 16, 2019 | Comments Off on Lake Erie fish report May 17-19

Head to the river to fish! The Rocky and Chagrin rivers are offering good fishing conditions through the weekend, especially for smallmouth bass, Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec writes in his weekly fish report.  Smallmouth bass hang out in deeper, rocky holes throughout the main branch of the Rocky River. Walleye are making a…

Read More

What not to do on the Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | May 15, 2019 | Comments Off on What not to do on the Cuyahoga River

We get it. The Cuyahoga River is pure joy on a sunny summer day, a smooth spot for cruising, whether you’re on a jet ski, kayak or stand-up paddleboard. But the river is still a federal shipping channel. And those giant freighters have very little room to maneuver. So play it safe. Here’s what not…

Read More

Lake Erie marine forecast May 17-19

By Laura Johnston | May 15, 2019 | Comments Off on Lake Erie marine forecast May 17-19

One week until the kickoff of summer, over Memorial Day weekend. And it’s getting warmer! The water temperature off Toledo is 53 degrees, off Cleveland 51 and off Erie 48. See the full National Weather Service marine forecast from Avon Point to Willowick. Friday: West-southwest wind 8 to 12 knots becoming north-northwest in the afternoon.…

Read More

2019 Lake Erie harmful algal bloom predicted to be worse than last year

By Laura Johnston | May 15, 2019 | Comments Off on 2019 Lake Erie harmful algal bloom predicted to be worse than last year

Bad news for Lake Erie lovers — especially in the western basin. An early prediction says the annual harmful algal bloom will be worse this year than last. That’s because of heavy rain in April. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

Read More

Help restore the Putzfrau that cleaned the Cuyahoga

By Laura Johnston | May 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Help restore the Putzfrau that cleaned the Cuyahoga

When the Cuyahoga River was an open sewer, choked with oil and trash and sewage, the Putzfrau cleaned it up. In a 16-hour day, the Putzfrau could pick up 100 cubic yards of debris and 15,000 gallons of oil. Now, to celebrate 50 years of the river’s recovery, advocates want to restore the boat. See…

Read More

Walleye time! Lake Erie fish report May 10-12

By Laura Johnston | May 9, 2019 | Comments Off on Walleye time! Lake Erie fish report May 10-12

The Cleveland shoreline breakwalls are offering a great night bite for walleye, Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec writes in his weekly fish report.  Perfect 10s, Husky Jerks, and glow swimbaits are a few of the offerings that produce. The breakwall at East 55th Street Marina, the old Coast Guard station, rocks at Edgewater Park…

Read More

Too cool to swim: Lake Erie marine forecast May 10-12

By Laura Johnston | May 9, 2019 | Comments Off on Too cool to swim: Lake Erie marine forecast May 10-12

You might get your boat in the water this weekend, but the weather won’t be warm enough to swim. We won’t top the low 50s on land or water. But at least Saturday will be sunny. The water temperature off Toledo is 54 degrees, off Cleveland 50 and off Erie 46. Friday: West wind 14…

Read More

Lake Erie could break record high levels

By Laura Johnston | May 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Lake Erie could break record high levels

You’re not imagining it — Lake Erie is as high as it’s ever been in May. The lake started the month above the record May average, set in 1986. And according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it could break the all-time record high monthly average in June. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

Read More

Bridges over Cuyahoga River to get name signs

By Laura Johnston | May 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Bridges over Cuyahoga River to get name signs

Ever paddled or boated on the Cuyahoga River and been confused about exactly which bridge you’re under? The city of Cleveland is adding name signs at the bottom of bridges. Check out the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

Read More