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Rent a pedal boat, kayak or golf cart this summer at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake

By Laura Johnston | February 21, 2019

The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake is offering more fun this summer. In addition to the popular zipline and high ropes courses, the lakefront hotel will have kayaks, pedal boats and golf carts for rent. You can paddle in Cowles Creek or zoom over to the strip. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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See the summer music, yoga schedule at Shooters in the Flats

By Laura Johnston | February 20, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Making summer plans? Shooters on the Water announced it’s a line-up of events, from Memorial Day to September. So mark your calendar for a few drinks, some sunshine and music on the West Bank of the Flats. Shooters opened in 1987, luring Clevelanders to the banks of the Cuyahoga for a taste…

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Digital warning signs could be added to Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | February 20, 2019

Paddling on the Cuyahoga River this summer? Members of the Cuyahoga River Safety Task Force are working on getting temporary digital signs to warn of coming freighters. Read all about it on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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See ice boats on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | February 20, 2019

Wonder what it’s like to speed across a frozen Lake Erie, icy wind in your face? Members of the Toledo Ice Yacht Club showed us what it’s like. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Gale warning Friday: Lake Erie marine forecast Feb. 15-17

By Laura Johnston | February 14, 2019

The National Weather Service has issued a gale warning from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. A cold front will move east across Lake Erie late Thursday and early Friday, bringing gusts of up to 40 knots. Here’s the full weekend marine forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick, from the National Weather Service. Friday: West…

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Lake Erie, how we love thee

By Laura Johnston | February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of this most romantic holiday, we’re sharing why we love our Great Lake. Our Facebook followers shared all sorts of reasons — and even a love poem. Check out their thoughts and photos at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Ambassadors to help out Cuyahoga River paddlers

By Laura Johnston | February 12, 2019

To keep kayakers and stand-up paddlers safe on the Cuyahoga River, volunteers are forming a Cuyahoga River Ambassador Program — or CRAP, for short. The nonprofit Phastar Corp. is working with the Cleveland Metroparks, Foundry and Nalu Paddle & Surf to train about two dozen volunteers for the program. For more information, see cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Lake Erie water levels could break May record

By Laura Johnston | February 11, 2019

Lake Erie has been high for years. And if we get a wet spring, the lake could break its May 1986 high water level record, according to the latest forecast from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Read all about it at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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One more week to enter our Winter Beach photo contest ends Feb. 18

By Laura Johnston | February 11, 2019

Sunsets, icicles, blustery waves, lighthouses and blue skies have made for some marvelous photos of Lake Erie this winter. RocktheLake has received more than 75 photos in our first-ever Winter Beach photo contest. You’ve got one more week to enter. Meanwhile, see the submissions here on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Fairport Harbor townhomes draws tourists

By Laura Johnston | February 7, 2019

Families have come from California, Arizona, New Jersey, to vacation in Fairport Harbor. They’ve all rented one of the seven townhouses steps from Lake Erie and the Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park. The townhouses, available on Airbnb are changing the tourism game in town. See the full story on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Show off your photos of Lake Erie’s winter beauty in RocktheLake’s Winter Beach photo contest

By Laura Johnston | February 1, 2019 | Comments Off on Show off your photos of Lake Erie’s winter beauty in RocktheLake’s Winter Beach photo contest

Lake Erie is a marvel in the ice. And despite the cold, we know you lake lovers are exploring the shore, taking photos with frozen fingers. So show them off. Enter up to three photos in RocktheLake’s inaugural Winter Beach photo contest. Check out cleveland.com/rock-the-lake for the full rules and the entry form. Meanwhile, enjoy…

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Ice fishing! Lake Erie fish report Feb. 1-3

By Laura Johnston | January 31, 2019 | Comments Off on Ice fishing! Lake Erie fish report Feb. 1-3

Are you ice fishing? Anglers are just beginning to venture onto Cleveland area harbors of Lake Erie, reports Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec in his weekly fishing report. Fishing for steelhead, yellow perch, northern pike and panfish was great last year at Edgewater and Gordon Park boat ramps, as well as Wildwood Marina.  This…

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Bye-bye, polar vortex: Lake Erie marine forecast Feb. 1-3

By Laura Johnston | January 31, 2019 | Comments Off on Bye-bye, polar vortex: Lake Erie marine forecast Feb. 1-3

The polar vortex is whirling away, and temperatures will rise above freezing this weekend. See the full National Weather Service forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick. Friday: Variable winds 5 knots or less. A chance of snow, mainly before noon. Waves 1 foot or less. High of 21. Friday night: Variable winds less than 5 knots…

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Toledoans push for Lake Erie Bill of Rights

By Laura Johnston | January 29, 2019 | Comments Off on Toledoans push for Lake Erie Bill of Rights

Think Lake Erie should have its own inalienable rights? A group called Toledoans for Safe Water thinks so, and they’re asking fellow residents to vote for a Lake Erie Bill of Rights in February. Check out the issue and what the city charter amendment would do, at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Where to eat on Lake Erie’s north shore

By Laura Johnston | January 28, 2019 | Comments Off on Where to eat on Lake Erie’s north shore

Lake Erie is freezing. Which means it’s time to start summertime dreaming. Last year, we compiled a list of Ohio restaurants where you could watch the waves while sipping a cold drink. This year, we’ve got the Canadian side of Lake Erie. Here’s a list of 11 waterfront restaurants in Ontario, to put on your…

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2019 Lake Erie fishing season looking phenomenal

By Laura Johnston | January 25, 2019 | Comments Off on 2019 Lake Erie fishing season looking phenomenal

It’s going to be an epic year for walleye fishing. With the bumper hatch of 2018 walleye, 2019 is poised to be as good as anglers have seen on Lake Erie, says David Spanger, vice president of the Lake Erie Charter Boats Association. Read the whole story on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.https://www.cleveland.com/news/2019/01/anglers-eager-for-2019-lake-erie-fishing-season.html

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Paint a fish for Fairport Harbor

By Laura Johnston | January 25, 2019 | Comments Off on Paint a fish for Fairport Harbor

Fairport Harbor will be decorated with spinning, two-sided painted fish this summer, for the Fish Out of Water art exhibit. You can apply to paint a piece of this public art, especially with a beach theme. See all the details at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Waiting for ice: Ohio Lake Erie fish report Jan. 25-27

By Laura Johnston | January 24, 2019 | Comments Off on Waiting for ice: Ohio Lake Erie fish report Jan. 25-27

No ice fishing yet. While the coming cold snap might refreeze inland lakes, Lake Erie so far is open water. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says ice must be at least 4 inches thick to support an angler and gear (about 200 pounds). And while no ice is safe, clear ice has less impurities than cloudy…

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The cold comes back: Marine forecast Jan. 25-27

By Laura Johnston | January 24, 2019 | Comments Off on The cold comes back: Marine forecast Jan. 25-27

The cold is back, after Wednesday’s rain. And Lake Erie will get wild. There’s a small craft advisory through Friday. Take a look at the National Weather Service Forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick. Friday: West-southwest wind 18 to 23 knots, with gusts as high as 30 knots. A chance of snow showers, mainly before…

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A catamaran power boat?

By Laura Johnston | January 21, 2019 | Comments Off on A catamaran power boat?

The World Cat catches eyes at the Progressive Cleveland Boat Show. It has two hulls, making the bow a rectangle, rather than a triangle. The catamaran hulls make the boat more efficient and give it a shallower draft, said Bob Dayhoff of Worldcat. The boat is wider than a similar-sized bowrider, and not as tipsy.…

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