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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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6 Mother’s Day brunches on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | May 2, 2018 | Comments Off on 6 Mother’s Day brunches on Lake Erie

I gotta say, Mother’s Day is my favorite holiday. It’s like the whole world is celebrating moms. And we don’t have to cook or clean or — hopefully — chastise our kids. Yes, guys, Mother’s Day is coming up. Write it down. It’s Sunday, May 13. When I was a kid, every year, we asked…

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Shaker Heights High has varsity crew team — 1 of 2 at public Ohio high schools

By Laura Johnston | May 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Shaker Heights High has varsity crew team — 1 of 2 at public Ohio high schools

Coach Bob Valerian calls crew the perfect high school sport. “Everybody in high school starts from the same level,” said Valerian, waiting for two busloads of students from Shaker Heights High School at the Cleveland Rowing Foundation boathouse on the Cuyahoga River. “Unlike other high school sports, like soccer or basketball or hockey that kids…

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Why you should wear your lifejacket if you paddle this spring: safety tips for chilly Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | April 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Why you should wear your lifejacket if you paddle this spring: safety tips for chilly Lake Erie

  Spring is ramping into summer this week, and with air temperatures jumping to nearly 80 degrees, you may be grabbing your kayak or stand-up paddleboard. First, put on your personal flotation device — and dress for the water temperature, which in Lake Erie Monday was about 38 degrees. Since 2010, 631 people have drowned…

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Avon Lakefront for $389,000: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | April 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Avon Lakefront for $389,000: Lake Erie House of the Week

This $389,000, 2,000-square foot home has views of Lake Erie from nearly every room. And its 8,700-square-foot yard includes an extra parcel, leaving plenty of room for future expansion. The four-bedroom, 2 1/2-bathroom home was built in 1955, and features lots of updates. The living room has hardwood floors, a beamed ceiling and a wood…

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See who’s playing at Flat Out Fridays in Flats East Bank

By Laura Johnston | April 27, 2018 | Comments Off on See who’s playing at Flat Out Fridays in Flats East Bank

Flat Out Fridays are back! Starting June 8, Flats East Bank will host its third annual free summer concert series on the second  Friday of each month. First up: Binge Red, an alternative rock group. The fun starts at 7 p.m., with the concert, food and beverages. Proceeds from sales will benefit a local nonprofit.…

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280 bird species spotted at Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve

By Laura Johnston | April 27, 2018 | Comments Off on 280 bird species spotted at Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve

Birds are migrating north. And hundreds of them will soon stop at the Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, 88 acres of dredged soil from the bottom of the Cuyahoga River. In the spring and fall, the brightly colored warblers, vireos, thrushes and flycatchers stop to refuel, eating and resting before they fly 60 miles across lake…

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Lake Erie marine forecast April 27-29

By Kelly Reardon | April 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Lake Erie marine forecast April 27-29

This weekend isn’t looking too great for Lake Erie lovers. Those trying to get their boat in this weekend will have to wait until Sunday. Friday and Saturday, rain showers are likely, which could dampen the fun. Swimmers will still be able to head out, with a wetsuit, as winds and waves are looking light…

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David VanZandt discovers Lake Erie shipwrecks: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | April 26, 2018 | Comments Off on David VanZandt discovers Lake Erie shipwrecks: Erie Interviews

Meet David VanZandt, a literal rocket scientist who founded Cleveland Underwater Explorers, a group of archaeologists who discover and dive shipwrecks in Lake Erie. VanZandt and his friend Kevin Magee, both contractors for NASA, created the group they call CLUE more than 15 years ago. They research shipwrecks, pare down their locations and use side-scan…

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Lakeside Chautauqua named one of 10 ‘Best Little Beach Towns on Great Lakes’

By Laura Johnston | April 25, 2018 | Comments Off on Lakeside Chautauqua named one of 10 ‘Best Little Beach Towns on Great Lakes’

Lakeside Chautauqua is the only Ohio town named to Coastal Living’s list of 10 Best Little Beach Towns on the Great Lakes. “Since 1874, Lakeside has been Ohio’s answer to New York’s Chautauqua,” the magazine writes. “Tidy 19th-century summer cottages remain the heart of this quiet beach town. Stroll the village’s Lakefront Path, overflowing beds…

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North Coast Harbor’s transformation from passenger pier to play place: Remember when

By Laura Johnston | April 25, 2018 | Comments Off on North Coast Harbor’s transformation from passenger pier to play place: Remember when

North Coast Harbor used to be a parking lot. The water hemmed in by Voinovich Park? Yep, it was blacktop serving Cleveland Municipal Stadium, said Downtown Cleveland Alliance President Joe Marinucci. But for decades long before that, Cleveland’s front porch — downtown district stretching from Burke Lakefront Airport to FirstEnergy Stadium, dubbed “Where the city…

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