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Ohio Lake Erie fish report Aug. 22

By Laura Johnston | August 22, 2019

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report:

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Sunny, windy and cooler: Lake Erie marine forecast Aug. 22-24

By Laura Johnston | August 21, 2019

It’s beginning to feel a little cooler at the end of August. But we’re looking at sunny and windy for the weekend, perfect for sailing or picnicking by the water. And since the Lake Erie temperature is 76 degrees, a swim will feel nice, too. See the full National Weather Service marine forecast, from Avon…

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Beyond rock painting: 6 ways to get your arts fix at Lakeside Chautauqua

By Laura Johnston | July 22, 2019

Art ties the summer — and families — together at Lakeside Chautauqua. Classes include painting, dancing, music and more for all ages, at just about any time of day. You can even make soap to take home for Christmas gifts. See how you can get involved at the private community on Lake Erie, with the…

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Volunteer paddlers needed to help with triathlon

By Laura Johnston | July 18, 2019

Want to help Cleveland host the USA Triathlon Age-Group championships? Experienced kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders are needed for water safety teams, to help keep racers safe during the swim portion of the triathlon at Edgewater Beach. The events take place Aug. 9-11. Sign up below, and mark your calendars for a pre-event training session on…

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Meet new Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Conductor Daniel Meyer

By Laura Johnston | July 17, 2019

Brought to you by Lakeside Chautauqua and rockthelake.com Music is magic you can get lost in, says new Lakewood Symphony Orchestra Conductor Daniel Meyer. In this world of YouTube clips and 30-second commercials clamoring for attention, “You can lose track of time. You can unplug and disconnect when you get completely engrossed in a piece…

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Kids sail in Junior Bay Week

By Laura Johnston | July 16, 2019

Kids have taken over Put-in-Bay Yacht Club for the annual Inter-Lake Yachting Association Junior Championships. The 64th annual event features 150 sailors age 17 and younger from clubs across Lake Erie. They descend on Put-in-Bay for four days of races, skits, speakers team dinners, awards banquets and more. Check out the photos of the fun…

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2019 Lake Erie harmful algal bloom forecast to be slightly smaller than 2017

By Laura Johnston | July 11, 2019

This year’s harmful algal bloom could be slightly smaller than 2017, according to the forecast released Thursday by Ohio Sea Grant. Heavy spring rains washed a huge load of phosphorus — the main ingredient for the toxic blue-green algae — into the Maumee River. That’s despite the fact that many farmers couldn’t plant fields this…

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Ready, set, sail! Lake Erie marine forecast July 11-14

By Laura Johnston | July 10, 2019

Wind is in the weekend forecast for Lake Erie! Sun is also predicted after Thursday, with perfect temperatures for sunning and sailing. Or for checking out the Tall Ships Cleveland festival. The water temperature off Toledo is 76 degrees, and off Erie 70 degrees. See the full National Weather Service offshore marine forecast, from Avon…

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Walleye madness: Lake Erie fishing report July 10

By Laura Johnston | July 10, 2019

Lake Erie is stuffed with walleye. Anglers are reaching the six-fish-per-person limits. How? Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec writes in his July fish report that trolling spoons, crawler harnesses and crankbaits are good bets to catch walleye. “But equally effective many days, and lots of fun, is casting and slowly retrieving a weight forward spinner…

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Meet the fleet of Tall Ships Cleveland!

By Laura Johnston | July 9, 2019

Eleven tall ships — brigs, schooners, barques and more — are coming to Cleveland, in a celebration of our maritime heritage.  Tall Ships Cleveland is one of a handful of stops for the ships on the Great Lakes this summer. The goal is to engage with the community and remind them of the history that…

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An excellent bite: Ohio Lake Erie fish report June 28-30

By Laura Johnston | June 27, 2019 | Comments Off on An excellent bite: Ohio Lake Erie fish report June 28-30

Lake Erie water levels are at record highs, but the fish don’t mind. It remains excellent! See the full Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report: Western Basin Walleye   Where: Fishing remains excellent as the fish continue to transition to the deeper waters of the Central Basin. The bite east of West Sister Island remains good…

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Three guys aim to paddle across every Great Lake

By Laura Johnston | June 27, 2019 | Comments Off on Three guys aim to paddle across every Great Lake

Three Michigan friends traveled 71 miles across Lake Erie, on their fourth trip stand-up paddleboarding across the Great Lakes. Kwin Morris, Joe Lorenz and Jeff Guy paddled for 24 hours, from Belle Isle in the Detroit River, to Catawba Island, facing major headwinds and up to 6-foot waves. They never touched a boat. And they…

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Bay Village, Rocky River, Vermilion, Ashtabula, Lorain listed among best lake beach towns in America

By Laura Johnston | June 26, 2019 | Comments Off on Bay Village, Rocky River, Vermilion, Ashtabula, Lorain listed among best lake beach towns in America

Life is better by the lake. Residents of Great Lakes towns would agree. And so do the folks at Wallethub, which compared 192 cities with populations between 10,000 and 150,000 and at least one beach listed on TripAdvisor.com. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Cleveland teenagers sail on tall ship Denis Sullivan

By Laura Johnston | June 26, 2019 | Comments Off on Cleveland teenagers sail on tall ship Denis Sullivan

The teenagers marveled about the brightness of the stars, and the strength of the friendships they made. They also complained about the mayflies. Such is life aboard the tall ship Denis Sullivan, as part of the Rotary Club of Cleveland’s Project YESS. Nineteen Cleveland teenagers sailed from Milwaukee aboard the ship, which returned Tuesday to…

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

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 | Comments Off on Cool, sunny summer solstice: Lake Erie marine forecast June 21-23

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 | Comments Off on Pick your favorite Lake Erie solution in ErieHack 2.0

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 | Comments Off on Cuyahoga River celebrates 50 years of rejuvenation

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 | Comments Off on How the Foundry and Cleveland Rowing Foundation have changed Cleveland

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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Walleye, walleye everywhere: Lake Erie fish report June 14-16

By Laura Johnston | June 13, 2019 | Comments Off on Walleye, walleye everywhere: Lake Erie fish report June 14-16

Walleye fishing continues its stellar season. Here’s the Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report: Western Basin Walleye   Where: Fishing has been excellent. Most of the fish being caught are 19-23 inches. Many quick limits have been reported from Port Clinton to Lorain, especially around the islands and the Marblehead Peninsula.  How: Fish have been caught mostly…

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