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Steelhead starting: Ohio Lake Erie fish report Sept. 13

By Laura Johnston | September 12, 2019

Kick off the steelhead season with the annual Steelhead Expo at the Rocky River Nature Center on Saturday, Sept. 21.  The Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders and Cleveland Metroparks will host the free day of expert speakers and seminars, vendors, and more. OCBS, a non-profit sportman’s group, is offering a raffle as a fundraiser. Early steelhead…

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Sunny and 70s: Ohio Lake Erie marine forecast Sept. 13-15

By Laura Johnston | September 12, 2019

Lake Erie has a small craft advisory through tonight. But this weekend is looking grand for one last hit of summer — especially if you’re taking a spin at the Progressive North Coast Boat Show. See the full National Weather Service forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick. And enjoy the weekend! Today: North-northwest wind 8…

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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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Where to camp on Lake Erie shores

By Laura Johnston | September 10, 2019

Want to fall asleep under the stars, listening to the waves on Lake Erie? What you need is a tent and a campground. And thankfully, we found 10 along the Ohio coast — including spots on Put-in-Bay, Kelleys Island and Middle Bass Island. Check out 10 state parks and private campgrounds at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Chagrin River wins $200,000 grant to stabilize banks

By Laura Johnston | September 9, 2019

The Great Lakes Commission on Monday announced $2.2 million in grants to reduce the runoff of sediment, nutrients, and other pollutants into the Great Lakes. That includes $200,000 for bank stabilization on the Chagrin River, which runs into Lake Erie. Grant recipients will use the funding to install controls or add practices that limit sediment or nutrient…

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Demo boats at Progressive North Coast Harbor Boat Show

By Laura Johnston | September 5, 2019

Summer may be over, but you’ve still got a chance to enjoy Lake Erie at Cleveland’s only in-water, free boat show, the Progressive North Coast Harbor Boat Show. Nearly 100 boats — from small fishing craft to luxury motor yachts — will be open for boarding and demonstration rides. You can also try a one-hour,…

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How students can win a $1,000 scholarship from the Walleye Fall Brawl

By Laura Johnston | September 5, 2019

High school students who love to fish could win $1,000 scholarships from the Walleye Fall Brawl. The scholarships will be awarded by the Fall Brawl to one girl and one boy, who write 500-750 words on “why they enjoy fishing and how they may help improve the activity in the future.” Entries are due Nov.…

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Ohio Lake Erie Labor Day weekend fish report

By Laura Johnston | August 28, 2019

It’s the unofficial last weekend of summer, which means fall fishing is just heating up. The Lake Erie water temperature is 74 off Toledo and 74 off Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast. And the lake is full of walleye, perch and smallmouth bass. Here’s the Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report. Western Basin…

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Beyond rock painting: 6 ways to get your arts fix at Lakeside Chautauqua

By Laura Johnston | July 22, 2019

Art ties the summer — and families — together at Lakeside Chautauqua. Classes include painting, dancing, music and more for all ages, at just about any time of day. You can even make soap to take home for Christmas gifts. See how you can get involved at the private community on Lake Erie, with the…

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Volunteer paddlers needed to help with triathlon

By Laura Johnston | July 18, 2019

Want to help Cleveland host the USA Triathlon Age-Group championships? Experienced kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders are needed for water safety teams, to help keep racers safe during the swim portion of the triathlon at Edgewater Beach. The events take place Aug. 9-11. Sign up below, and mark your calendars for a pre-event training session on…

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U.S. Coast Guard plans to sell Cleveland lighthouse: See vintage photos of Ohio lights on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | March 7, 2018 | Comments Off on U.S. Coast Guard plans to sell Cleveland lighthouse: See vintage photos of Ohio lights on Lake Erie

The U.S. Coast Guard could sell the bigger lighthouse in Cleveland’s harbor this year. The Guard owns both lighthouses along the breakwall, where the Cuyahoga River meets Lake Erie, said Chris Channels, executive petty officer at the Aids to Navigation Team in Buffalo, which oversees buoys and lighthouse from the St. Lawrence River to Vermilion.…

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Rocky River plans to revamp Bradstreet’s Landing park, replace much of pier

By Laura Johnston | March 6, 2018 | Comments Off on Rocky River plans to revamp Bradstreet’s Landing park, replace much of pier

Rocky River plans to replace 290 feet of the crumbling Bradstreet’s Landing pier — and would like to revive the tired park surrounding it. The Lake Road pier has been closed since November because of deteriorating concrete, missing supports, fractured steel panels and more in the far end of the pier. The section closest to…

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How to report a delay lifting the Norfolk Southern bridge over the Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | March 5, 2018 | Comments Off on How to report a delay lifting the Norfolk Southern bridge over the Cuyahoga River

Cleveland boaters have a beef with the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge that blocks access between the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie. The railroad promises to lessen delays at the NS1 bridge and improve relationships this summer with freighters, safety patrols, cruise ships and recreational boats. But if you experience excessive delays, don’t just gripe about…

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$1.8 million Nantucket colonial on Lake Erie: House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | March 5, 2018 | Comments Off on $1.8 million Nantucket colonial on Lake Erie: House of the Week

This $1.8 million Nantucket-style home on Lake Road in Bay Village includes an acre of land and a private drive to your own pier.  The 5,000-square-foot Colonial includes four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, two half baths, five fireplaces and two staircases — plus stunning views of Lake Erie and downtown Cleveland. The house was built…

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How Lake Erie creates ideal grape growing conditions in the Grand River Valley

By Laura Johnston | March 2, 2018 | Comments Off on How Lake Erie creates ideal grape growing conditions in the Grand River Valley

If you can see Lake Erie from your vineyard, you’ll grow good grapes. That’s the lore of Ohio’s Grand River Valley, bursting with wineries. Fields of grapevines dot the rolling hills of Madison and Geneva, in Lake and Ashtabula counties. Many of the nearly 30 wineries in the region grow their own grapes — native…

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Meet the Put-in-Bay kindergarten teacher who flies to work everyday: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | March 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Meet the Put-in-Bay kindergarten teacher who flies to work everyday: Erie Interviews

Meet Jennifer Troiano-Breudigam, who flies to South Bass Island every day to work as the kindergarten teacher at Put-in-Bay School. Troiano-Breudigam, 48, has been commuting for the last 17 years of her two decades at the small school, where she averages a half-dozen kids in her class every year. Yes, it’s difficult. She pays for…

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Norfolk Southern promises improvement on railroad bridge over Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | February 28, 2018 | Comments Off on Norfolk Southern promises improvement on railroad bridge over Cuyahoga River

Talk to boaters in Cleveland, and they’ll likely complain about the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge. Known as NS1, the lift bridge at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River is usually down, making it impossible to cross from between Lake Erie and the river, with its Flats summertime playground. But this summer, Norfolk Southern is committed…

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The Foundry to host U.S. Sailing Team Racing championship at Old Coast Guard Station

By Laura Johnston | February 28, 2018 | Comments Off on The Foundry to host U.S. Sailing Team Racing championship at Old Coast Guard Station

The Foundry Community Sailing & Rowing Center will host the 2018 U.S. Sailing Team Racing Championship at the Old Coast Guard Station in September.   Nearly 100 sailors from across the country will compete for the George R. Hinman Trophy and the chance to enter the 2019 World Sailing Team Racing Championship.   “This is like…

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Hunting for shipwrecks in Presque Isle’s Misery Bay

By Laura Johnston | February 28, 2018 | Comments Off on Hunting for shipwrecks in Presque Isle’s Misery Bay

After the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812, sailors died and ships were scuttled in Misery Bay, a small inlet at Presque Isle, Pennsyvania. Now scientists and divers are scouring the Lake Erie bay for shipwrecks. The modern-day treasure hunt began in 2013, when a lifeguard spotted a debris field with two…

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Where can you learn to sail on Lake Erie?

By Laura Johnston | February 27, 2018 | Comments Off on Where can you learn to sail on Lake Erie?

Want to learn to sail on Lake Erie? Sailing for years was on my bucket list. A pastime like scuba or golf, which I figured I’d get around to when I retired and had both time and money. But why wait? Plenty of organizations want to teach you the marvel of wind on water and…

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