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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 ways to play after work at North Coast Harbor this summer

By Laura Johnston | April 25, 2018 | Comments Off on 6 ways to play after work at North Coast Harbor this summer

Looking to get active on the lakeshore? Cleveland’s front porch, North Coast Harbor, offers sports nearly every weeknight this summer. And many of them are free! You can get in shape for your first 5K, get zen doing yoga on the grass of Voinovich Park, play volleyball with your pals or even toss a Bocce…

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Cleveland Metroparks announce Edgewater, Euclid Beach Live concert schedules

By Laura Johnston | April 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Cleveland Metroparks announce Edgewater, Euclid Beach Live concert schedules

Mark your calendars for Cleveland Metroparks’ free summer concerts Thursdays at Edgewater Live and Friday at Euclid Beach Live, beginning May 31 and June 1 and running through the first week of August. Aside from the bands, visitors can sample a rotating lineup of more than a dozen Cleveland food trucks each week and enjoy…

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Migrating birds wait for southwest winds to push over Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | April 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Migrating birds wait for southwest winds to push over Lake Erie

This chilly spring has been rough on birds, too. Migrating birds, such as kinglets, warblers and sparrows, are waiting for southwest winds to make the journey north easier. So they’re still staging their trips south of us, said Tim Jasinski, wildlife rehabilitation specialist at Lake Erie Science & Nature Center in Bay Village.  As of…

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Cleveland to host Navy Week in summer 2018

By Laura Johnston | April 23, 2018 | Comments Off on Cleveland to host Navy Week in summer 2018

The U.S. Navy is coming to Cleveland this summer during one of only 14 Navy Weeks nationwide in 2018. The Navy will be in town Aug. 27-Sept. 2. That coincides with the Cleveland National Air Show at Burke Lakefront Airport on Labor Day weekend, featuring the iconic U.S. Navy Blue Angels flying acrobatics team. The idea…

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Lake Shore Boulevard with a private beach: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | April 23, 2018 | Comments Off on Lake Shore Boulevard with a private beach: Lake Erie House of the Week

This traditional white Colonial in Lakeline Village in Lake County comes with a picket fence and a private beach on Lake Erie. The 3,800-square-foot, five-bedroom, two-bathroom house is listed at $550,000. It was built in 1923 and includes a living room with granite fireplace, sunroom, kitchen with hickory cabinets, three-car garage and walk-out basement with…

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Where to go and what to pack for a romantic picnic on Lake Erie: Romance the Lake

By Laura Johnston | April 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Where to go and what to pack for a romantic picnic on Lake Erie: Romance the Lake

Pack a picnic and wow your date on the shores of Lake Erie. The concept is deceptively simple: a little food al fresco. But a picnic shows your thoughtfulness. Add a plaid blanket in a classic basket, and you’ve got a picturesque setting that will make your Instagram followers swoon. We haven’t quite reached beach…

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Lake Erie weekend marine forecast: April 20-22

By Kelly Reardon | April 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Lake Erie weekend marine forecast: April 20-22

A beautiful spring weekend is ahead for Lake Erie. If you’re a surfer trying to catch some waves, Friday is your day, especially in the morning. While a small craft advisory is in effect until 10 a.m., that means killer waves for surfers, hitting 3 to 4 feet. The waves will calm through Friday afternoon,…

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Rascal Flatts to headline second Bash on the Bay

By Laura Johnston | April 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Rascal Flatts to headline second Bash on the Bay

A year after Toby Keith rocked Put-in-Bay, Rascal Flatts will headline the second annual Bash at the Bay Aug. 30 at the Put-in-Bay Airport. Tickets will go on sale Friday, ranging $69 to $175 on ETIX. Rascal Flatts, originally from Columbus, is well known for hit songs like “These Days” and “Bless The Broken Road.” Opening…

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Megan Patton rows from novice to veteran with Western Reserve Rowing Association: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | April 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Megan Patton rows from novice to veteran with Western Reserve Rowing Association: Erie Interviews

Meet Megan Patton, a Western Reservation Rowing Association board member who has rowed in the association summer league for seven years. She started when her oldest son joined the crew team freshman year for St. Ignatius High School. Some of the moms wanted to try. “It just looked really fun,” said Patton,  55, of Fairview…

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Where can you rent a kayak on Lake Erie?

By Laura Johnston | April 18, 2018 | Comments Off on Where can you rent a kayak on Lake Erie?

On a kayak, you ride inches above Lake Erie, paddling with your own power. On a placid day, the experience is serene, meditative, as you take in the scenery or wildlife. On a rougher day, it’s a thrill ride, up and down through the waves. Kayaking is the most popular form of paddling, increasing from…

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