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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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Surf’s up at Edgewater Beach

By Laura Johnston | April 17, 2018 | Comments Off on Surf’s up at Edgewater Beach

You gotta have the right wind to surf in Cleveland. When the winds are blowing hard from the northeast, surfers grab their wetsuits and boards and head to the beach, no matter the temperature. And on Sunday, that air temperature was 38 degrees. Water temperature: 39 degrees. And it was raining. Why is this fun?…

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Lands End: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | April 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Lands End: Lake Erie House of the Week

Take in this 3,400-square-foot, $1.1 million home on Lake Erie, at 1705 Lands End Drive in Huron. The three-quarter-acre lot includes an in-ground pool, hot tub, covered deck and storage shed overlooking the lake. Inside the house is a two-story foyer, first floor master suite, four bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, an office, finished basement and…

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Whiskey Island adds Thursday bands for Whiskey Island Live

By Laura Johnston | April 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Whiskey Island adds Thursday bands for Whiskey Island Live

Get pumped to rock out Thursday nights, as Whiskey Island Still & Eatery presents Whiskey Island Live, a brand-new line-up of bands on Lake Erie, just east of the Cleveland Metroparks’ massive Edgewater Live. Whiskey Island Manager Tim Poole says the simultaneous series could alleviate parking headaches at Edgewater Park, by diverting some visitors to…

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Lake Erie marine forecast for April 13-15

By Kelly Reardon | April 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Lake Erie marine forecast for April 13-15

Hoping for a spring weekend to get your boat back in the water? Or try out your your stand-up paddleboard? Temperatures will finally warm up to the 60s, but you still need to wear a wet suit, since water temperatures are in the upper 30s. Friday could be great for surfers, as gusty winds will…

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Fall Brawl founder Frank Murphy explains Lake Erie walleye tournaments: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | April 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Fall Brawl founder Frank Murphy explains Lake Erie walleye tournaments: Erie Interviews

Meet Frank Murphy, who runs the Fall Brawl walleye derby on Lake Erie each year. From now until December, you can find a fishing tournament every month, with prizes ranging from several hundred dollars to a tricked-out boat worth more than $100,000. The tournaments – which generally award prizes for the five biggest fish caught…

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Harbor Verandas lakefront living aims to energize Cleveland’s East 9th Street Pier

By Laura Johnston | April 11, 2018 | Comments Off on Harbor Verandas lakefront living aims to energize Cleveland’s East 9th Street Pier

By August, residents could be living in the new Harbor Verandas apartments on Cleveland’s East 9th Street Pier. Construction on the three-story, 16-unit building is on schedule, said developer Dick Pace. Restaurants and retail are finalizing leases for the first-floor retail spaces. And the result could change the vibe at Voinovich Bicentennial Park, downtown’s green…

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Where can you rent a stand-up paddleboard on Lake Erie?

By Laura Johnston | April 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Where can you rent a stand-up paddleboard on Lake Erie?

Looking to try stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Erie this summer? The cool, calm sport is an easy way to get out on the water. And it’s growing like crazy. The Outdoor Foundation didn’t even include stand-up paddleboarding – or SUP, which migrated from Hawaii to California in 2004 — in its annual survey until 2010.…

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Huron lakefront home: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | April 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Huron lakefront home: Lake Erie House of the Week

This $715,000, 3,200-square-foot home in Huron has a glass sun porch with a grill and a master bedroom, with a fireplace and balcony overlooking Lake Erie. The Superior Drive home was labor of love designed by the sellers with architect Bob Howell and builder Jim Seitz, with a maple kitchen, sea glass colors and custom…

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The Great Lakes’ plastic problem, and how we can clean up the beaches

By Laura Johnston | April 6, 2018 | Comments Off on The Great Lakes’ plastic problem, and how we can clean up the beaches

Cleveland – along with its Lake Erie neighbor, Detroit — ranks near the top for plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. Together, the United States and Canada discard 22 million pounds of plastic into Great Lakes waters, according to a Rochester Institute of Technology study. Much of it — including fast-food straws, cigar tips and…

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Miller ferry Captain David Dress is Put-in-Bay lifer: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | April 5, 2018 | Comments Off on Miller ferry Captain David Dress is Put-in-Bay lifer: Erie Interviews

Meet David Dress, a Put-in-Bay lifer who has been at the helm of Miller Boat Line ferries for nearly three decades. “It was a summer job that turned into a much, much longer,” said Dress, 52. Miller, the largest and most frequent ferry service on Lake Erie, started spring runs in March. It was originally…

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