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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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Ohio legislators propose $100 million bond issue to clean up Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | May 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Ohio legislators propose $100 million bond issue to clean up Lake Erie

Bipartisan Ohio legislators want a $100 million annual statewide bond issue to clean up Lake Erie and reduce harmful algal blooms that plague the lake each summer. Republicans Steve Arndt, a state representative from Port Clinton, and Randy Gardner, the Senate majority leader from Bowling Green, introduced the Clean Lake 2020 Plan in March. Democratic…

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How to handle crossing the U.S.-Canadian border on a boat in Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | May 9, 2018 | Comments Off on How to handle crossing the U.S.-Canadian border on a boat in Lake Erie

So you want to boat from the United States to Canada? There’s no markers separating Canadian waters from American in Lake Erie. You can cross the invisible boundary line on your boat, no problem. But you must report to customs when you dock or drop anchor in the waters of the other country. (I once…

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Try ziplining on the shores of Lake Erie, in Geneva-on-the-Lake

By Laura Johnston | May 8, 2018 | Comments Off on Try ziplining on the shores of Lake Erie, in Geneva-on-the-Lake

I’m 60 feet off the ground, staring at an aqua-striped Lake Erie. Ready, set, go! I’m flying toward the water at 25 miles per hour, hooked to a metal cable. A shriek slips out of my lips. And I grin, reveling in the weightlessness. Lake Erie Canopy Tours give grown-ups a chance to play. The…

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Rocky River becomes first Ohio high school sailing team to make nationals

By Laura Johnston | May 7, 2018 | Comments Off on Rocky River becomes first Ohio high school sailing team to make nationals

The Rocky River High School sailing team is heading to the Interscholastic Sailing Association National Championship this weekend, the first Ohio team ever. The team is one of only 20 in the country to qualify for the fleet-racing championship near Houston May 11-13. Sailors will compete for high school sailing’s oldest trophy, the Mallory Trophy,…

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Swiss chalet-style home in Bay Village: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | May 7, 2018 | Comments Off on Swiss chalet-style home in Bay Village: Lake Erie House of the Week

This remodeled Swiss Chalet-style home on Lake Road in Bay Village features a gourmet kitchen, great room with vaulted ceiling, cherry floors and a wall of windows overlooking Lake Erie. The 3,000-square-foot lakefront home was built in 1977. It has three bedrooms and three bathrooms, including a first-floor master suite, and a half-acre lot. It…

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Lake Erie fishing report May 4

By Laura Johnston | May 4, 2018 | Comments Off on Lake Erie fishing report May 4

The weather is good, and the fish are biting. Plus, it’s free fishing weekend in Ohio! Where to try to catch a fish? Lake Erie marina and harbor areas offer chances to catch walleye, steelhead trout, northern pike, panfish, and largemouth and smallmoth bass in spring, according to Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec. Main and…

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Finally, spring! Launching boats at Cleveland’s Whiskey Island marina

By Laura Johnston | May 4, 2018 | Comments Off on Finally, spring! Launching boats at Cleveland’s Whiskey Island marina

We’ve got three weeks until the unofficial start of summer Memorial Day weekend. And thanks to a miserably chilly March and April, marinas on Ohio’s lakeshore are about three weeks behind. “It’s so late,” said Tom Gavel, owner of Tag Marine Services at Whiskey Island Marina. “For the last month it’s like you’ve been shaking…

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Getting summer-ready: Lake Erie marine forecast for May 4-6

By Kelly Reardon | May 3, 2018 | Comments Off on Getting summer-ready: Lake Erie marine forecast for May 4-6

Getting your boat on the water this weekend? Saturday looks like your best bet. Friday, widespread thunderstorms could spark up some dangerously windy conditions, not to mention the risk of lightning. Waves aren’t looking horrible, around 4 feet, but again, winds will hit over 20 knots. Saturday, the tides will turn as sun returns. Remember,…

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Lakeside couple says community is like ‘summer camp for adults:’ Erie Interview

By Laura Johnston | May 3, 2018 | Comments Off on Lakeside couple says community is like ‘summer camp for adults:’ Erie Interview

Meet Bill and Mame Drackett, who have spent summers at Lakeside Chautauqua for all 37 years of their marriage. That’s just the fourth generation, though. Bill’s family began coming in 1897. The 1-mile-square private community on the Marblehead peninsula was founded in 1873 during a series of rousing camp meetings organized by the Methodist Church.…

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Fish free in Ohio this weekend, May 5-6

By Laura Johnston | May 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Fish free in Ohio this weekend, May 5-6

Fish free on Lake Erie — or anywhere in Ohio this weekend, May 5-6. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Free Fishing Days are open to all Ohio residents. It’s the only weekend all year that does not require anglers 16 and older to register for a fishing license.  (A year-long license, which runs March…

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