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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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From booming port to tourist town: Historic Ashtabula Harbor

By Laura Johnston | April 4, 2018 | Comments Off on From booming port to tourist town: Historic Ashtabula Harbor

Bridge Street was a boomtown, built up over a few years, when railroads connected Ashtabula Harbor to the mills of Youngstown and Pittsburgh and iron ore and coal streamed in and out. Near the turn of the 20th century, as many as 65 boats waited, loaded and unloaded by hundreds of immigrants who worked hard,…

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9 Lake Erie festivals you won’t want to miss in summer 2018

By Laura Johnston | April 3, 2018 | Comments Off on 9 Lake Erie festivals you won’t want to miss in summer 2018

Getting set for summer? Think warm thoughts, and check out the most unique and fun festivals on Ohio’s Lake Erie shores, from June through August 2018. You can talk like a pirate — and dress like one too. You can run along the Cuyahoga River, compete in a stand-up paddleboard race, sip wine while eating…

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Bay Village modern, with steps to Lake Erie: House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | April 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Bay Village modern, with steps to Lake Erie: House of the Week

This $1.7 million, 4,000-square-foot home on Lake Erie was built in 1980 and fully remodeled in 2010. Known as a Trout House for its architect, William Trout, the Bay Village house has a modern aesthetic, with radiant floor heat throughout, nearly all new windows, white oak and speakers throughout the house. There are three bedrooms,…

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Lake Erie walleye fishing in 2018 promises to be spectacular

By Laura Johnston | March 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Lake Erie walleye fishing in 2018 promises to be spectacular

Welcome to the new good old days of walleye fishing on Lake Erie. Most of the 2015 walleye hatch – one of the largest ever in Lake Erie – is now big enough to keep, under Ohio law. And the excitement is justified. “It’s going to be one of the best walleye seasons we’ve had…

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Meet Lake Erie artist, activist, community project manager Allison Lukacsy-Love: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | March 29, 2018 | Comments Off on Meet Lake Erie artist, activist, community project manager Allison Lukacsy-Love: Erie Interviews

Meet Allison Lukacsy-Love: artist, community projects manager for the city of Euclid and member of Cleveland’s first Young Professionals Council of the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Originally from New Jersey, Lukacsy-Love grew up wanting to live near the water. She moved to Cleveland in 2011 after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University to work for…

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Where to find waterfront dining on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | March 28, 2018 | Comments Off on Where to find waterfront dining on Lake Erie

  Nothing better than sharing a meal with friends while watching the sun set on Lake Erie. Unfortunately, in Ohio, restaurants on the Great Lake are hard to find. Cleveland has only a few. (Thankfully Cleveland has plenty of waterfront dining in the Flats, on the Cuyahoga River.) That’s why we created a list of…

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How to prep your boat for a spring launch

By Laura Johnston | March 27, 2018 | Comments Off on How to prep your boat for a spring launch

Boatyards, backyards, marinas and yacht clubs will soon spring to life to prepare for the 2018 boating season. Fishing charter boats are putting in the water as soon as Easter weekend. Recreational boaters have dates to launch any time between mid-April and late May. But first owners have to cut the shrink wrap off their…

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How the Lake Erie Foundation is trying to fix the harmful algae bloom problem

By Laura Johnston | March 27, 2018 | Comments Off on How the Lake Erie Foundation is trying to fix the harmful algae bloom problem

Everyone knows Lake Erie has a harmful algal bloom problem. The evidence is literally bright green, toxic slime on the surface of the lake’s western basin each summer. The blooms are caused by excess phosphorus. But how exactly do you solve the problem? The Lake Erie Foundation wants to collect and analyze data to create…

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$2.6 million Frazier Drive stunner: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | March 26, 2018 | Comments Off on $2.6 million Frazier Drive stunner: Lake Erie House of the Week

Stunning Lake Erie views come with this $2.6 million mansion, which boasts one of Rocky River’s best addresses, on Frazier Drive. The 5,700-square-foot home at 19650 Frazier Drive, built in 1995, features four bedrooms, four bathrooms and new hardwood and ceramic flooring. It has a two-story great room and a finished lower level, complete with…

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12 amazing spots to take wedding photos on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | March 23, 2018 | Comments Off on 12 amazing spots to take wedding photos on Lake Erie

You’ve got your groom, or your bride. You’ve picked out the flowers and the gown or the tux. Now what backdrop would be best for wedding photos you’ll treasure forever? Lake Erie, obviously.  Do you want a snappy bright blue sky and rollicking waves that scream HAPPIEST DAY OF OUR LIVES! Or are you going…

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