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Soak up summer sunsets, live music at Whiskey Island: See the 2019 band schedule

By Laura Johnston | April 18, 2019

Life is better with live music. And summer is better with boat docks and Lake Erie sunsets and a drink in your hand. Whiskey Island Still & Eatery offers all of that, all summer long. The casual restaurant, with its sprawling patio and picnic tables just down the road from Edgewater Park, will host bands…

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Spring into boating season with Progressive Insurance Catawba Island Boat Show

By Laura Johnston | April 17, 2019

Get on the water, in 125 shiny new boats at the 2019 Progressive Insurance Catawba Island Boat Show. The free event at the Catawba Island Club April 26-28 includes wine and beer tasting, sail boat rides and 30 vendors. See the full story cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Interlake Steamship to build new freighter

By Laura Johnston | April 10, 2019

Interlake Steamship Co. hasn’t built a new freighter since 1981. But its working on a 639-foot diesel ship, to be complete in 2022. Look for it on the Cuyahoga River then. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Sandusky named to USA Today’s 10 best coastal towns

By Laura Johnston | April 10, 2019

Sandusky made an elite list of the 10 best coastal towns in the United States, along with Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, and Cape May, New Jersey. USA Today lauds the city for its revitalized downtown, shopping and dining options, wine tasting and, of course, Cedar Point. And you can vote for the city, to make it No.…

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11 million tourists visited Lake Erie Shores and Islands in 2018

By Laura Johnston | April 5, 2019

Lake Erie Shores and Islands welcomed more than 11 million visitors last year, up 1 million from 2017, according to visitors bureau statistics. Lake Erie Shores and Islands President Larry Fletcher presented the figures at the annual State of Tourism address Thursday at Catawba Island Club. The visitors bureau covers both Erie and Ottawa counties,…

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Enter the Lake Erie Commission photo contest

By Laura Johnston | April 5, 2019

Did you miss RocktheLake’s Winter Beach photo contest? Or our Summer Solstice Sunset contest? Here’s another competition for amateur photographers with fantastic shots of Lake Erie: the Lake Erie Commission’s Life on Lake Erie contest. Contestants must be at least 18 years old, and the photos must be taken of the Ohio Lake Erie watershed…

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Peak steelhead season: Lake Erie fish report April 5-7

By Laura Johnston | April 5, 2019

Fishing, like the weather, is heating up. The GOTL Open is hosting its Spring Bash fishing tournament in Oak Harbor next weekend. Registration deadline is today (April 5). Last weekend, 140 anglers fished in the Rocky River in the sixth annual Barbie Rod Steelhead Derby. Corey Zelinkski won with a 26-inch fish, and the event…

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It’s starting to feel a lot like spring: Lake Erie marine forecast April 5-7

By Laura Johnston | April 4, 2019

Saturday looks spectacular: 50 degrees and sunny, with little wind. Friday and Sunday have chances of rain, but at least the air is warming up on this first weekend of April. The Lake Erie water temperature is 41 off Toledo and 39 off Cleveland. See the full National Weather Service marine forecast, from Avon Pointe…

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Foundry kicks off high school sailing season

By Laura Johnston | April 3, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Foundry is kicking off the 2019 high school sailing season with a clinic Saturday and a regatta Sunday at the old Coast Guard Station on Whiskey Island. The sailing clinic at the community sailing center expects nearly 80 athletes — from Michigan, Sandusky, Toledo and Columbus, as well as all the…

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Mark your calendars for 10 can’t-miss festivals on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | April 3, 2019

It’s going to be one heck of a summer on Ohio’s north coast! We’re celebrating a burning river and Tall Ships, plus walleye and lighthouses and the beaches that transform Ohio to a vacation destination. Find your favorites and make your plans at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Spring has sprung! Lake Erie marine forecast March 22-24

By Laura Johnston | March 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Spring has sprung! Lake Erie marine forecast March 22-24

It’s spring! The ice is melting, and boating season is on the horizon. So it’s time to pay attention to the marine forecast. Here’s the National Weather Service forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick. The water temperature off Toledo is 37 degrees, off Cleveland 36 degrees and off Erie 35 degrees. Friday: West-northwest wind 17 to…

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What climate change means for the Great Lakes

By Laura Johnston | March 21, 2019 | Comments Off on What climate change means for the Great Lakes

Wetter springs. More severe storms. Hotter summers. Climate change has already warmed the Great Lakes region more than the rest of the United States, according to a report released Thursday. In the future, it could mean crazier lake-effect snow storms, heavier rain funneling more phosphorus and nitrogen into the lake and more bacteria beach closures.…

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Where to cruise: 11 great boating destinations on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | March 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Where to cruise: 11 great boating destinations on Lake Erie

Where do you love to boat on Lake Erie? Do you anchor at the beach? Grab a bite and a beer on a sunny patio in the Flats? Or cruise to the north shore for an international vacation? Whatever your style, we’ve got a destination. RocktheLake compiled 11 of our favorites. Check them out at…

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Solve a Lake Erie problem, win money

By Laura Johnston | March 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Solve a Lake Erie problem, win money

Got ideas on how to help Lake Erie? The Cleveland Water Alliance is hosting its second Erie Hack innovation competition, with prizes of more than $100,000 for solving broad issues. There are smaller challenges, too, like mapping stormwater areas and reducing plastic waste on the beaches. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Boston Whaler Vantage 270: Introducing the Lake Erie boat of the week

By Laura Johnston | March 19, 2019 | Comments Off on Boston Whaler Vantage 270: Introducing the Lake Erie boat of the week

SANDUSKY, Ohio — The Boston Whaler Vantage 270 can do anything. That’s why Clemons Boats calls the model the “Swiss Army Knife” of boats. It retails for $230,000 or less, depending on amenities. And Clemons has two of them for sale. Check out all the details at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Cuyahoga River is clean enough that the fish are safe enough to eat

By Laura Johnston | March 18, 2019 | Comments Off on Cuyahoga River is clean enough that the fish are safe enough to eat

The Ohio EPA has declared fish in the Cuyahoga River as safe as those in offshore Lake Erie. That’s the third impairment lifted from the Great Lakes Area of Concern covering the river, 21 creeks and 10 miles of Lake Erie shoreline since 2017. Read the good news on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Land bridge could link Cleveland Mall to Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | March 18, 2019 | Comments Off on Land bridge could link Cleveland Mall to Lake Erie

Imagine green space stretching from Public Square, all the way to Lake Erie. Under a proposal by the Green Ribbon Coalition, a 5.5-acre land bridge would extend the Mall over the train tracks and Shoreway, giving Clevelanders access to the lake. There’s even an all-weather walkway included. Check out the full story on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Port Clinton fish fests named among nation’s best

By Laura Johnston | March 15, 2019 | Comments Off on Port Clinton fish fests named among nation’s best

Only in Port Clinton does a giant fiberglass walleye fall from the sky to welcome a new year. Which is why the Lake Erie city was named to Fishingbooker.com’s best fishing festivals list. The Walleye Festival over Memorial Day weekend also contributed to Port Clinton’s spot among seven festivals across the United States. See the…

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Open water: Lake Erie fish report March 15-17

By Laura Johnston | March 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Open water: Lake Erie fish report March 15-17

Lake Erie’s ice is melting, and anglers are heading out on open water. The breakwall at East 55th Street Marina and the rocks at Edgewater Park offer a chance at steelhead and yellow perch now.  The Edgewater boat launch ramp is useable, says Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec. “As these harbor areas open up…

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Cold and windy: Lake Erie marine forecast March 15-17

By Laura Johnston | March 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Cold and windy: Lake Erie marine forecast March 15-17

This taste of spring is getting pushed out for the weekend, with winds and temperatures in the 30s. See the full National Weather Service forecast from Avon Point to Willowick. Friday: Southwest wind 18 to 20 knots, with gusts as high as 29 knots. A chance of rain, mainly after noon. Waves around 3 feet. High…

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