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Pick your favorite Lake Erie solution in ErieHack 2.0

By Laura Johnston | June 17, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A farm drainage tile that filters out phosphorus? A trash screen for storm sewers? An ultrasonic frequency that kills algae? You can vote on your favorite invention to clean up Lake Erie, as part of ErieHack 2.0. The Cleveland Water Alliances competition aims to find solutions to Lake Erie’s most pressing problems,…

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Cuyahoga River celebrates 50 years of rejuvenation

By Laura Johnston | June 17, 2019

Since the final Cuyahoga River fire in 1969, Cleveland has transformed the Cuyahoga River from cesspool to beach party. (Albeit a party that a freighter occasionally powers through.) Cleveland is celebrating that transformation all week, leading up to the official anniversary June 22. See a historical timeline of the Cuyahoga River and the original report…

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How the Foundry and Cleveland Rowing Foundation have changed Cleveland

By Laura Johnston | June 13, 2019

In 30 years on the Cuyahoga River, the Cleveland Rowing Foundation and Western Reserve Rowing Foundation have made rowing an institution in the city. Across the Columbus Road bridge, the two-year-old Foundry is using rowing and sailing to change the lives of city residents. See the story of both at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Walleye, walleye everywhere: Lake Erie fish report June 14-16

By Laura Johnston | June 13, 2019

Walleye fishing continues its stellar season. Here’s the Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report: Western Basin Walleye   Where: Fishing has been excellent. Most of the fish being caught are 19-23 inches. Many quick limits have been reported from Port Clinton to Lorain, especially around the islands and the Marblehead Peninsula.  How: Fish have been caught mostly…

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Rainy Father’s Day weekend: Lake Erie marine forecast June 14-16

By Laura Johnston | June 13, 2019

Happy Father’s Day! Sorry the weather won’t be in a celebratory mood. We’re looking at small craft advisory through 4 p.m. Friday, with gusts up to 35 knots and waves 4 to 7 feet. Saturday afternoon through Sunday are looking rainy, according to the National Weather Service. Here’s the marine forecast for Lake Erie, from…

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What Lake Erie’s record high water level looks like

By Laura Johnston | June 12, 2019

Docks are underwater. There’s no beach at Columbia Road Beach. With Lake Erie 33 inches higher than normal, we’re all seeing the effects. See a gallery of photos at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Sandusky named one of top fishing towns

By Laura Johnston | June 6, 2019

On top of winning USA Today’s No. 1 coastal city contest, Sandusky has been named one of the top seven fishing spots in the Great Lakes. Fishingbooker.com lauded the Lake Erie small town for its populous walley and perch, sheltered bay and ice fishing. “If you haven’t tried ice fishing before, just know that there are few…

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Lake Erie breaks all-time high-water record

By Laura Johnston | June 3, 2019

We’ve all seen the high water. Lake Erie has been creeping over roads and washing out docks. The Great Lake has officially toppled the U.S. Army Corps’ record high-water mark, set in 1986. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Rocky River volunteer clean up: Ohio Lake Erie fish report May 31-June 2

By Laura Johnston | May 30, 2019

Help clean up the Rocky River on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m to noon, followed by a cookout.  The clean-up is an effort between caring citizens, Rocky River Watershed Council, Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, Earnest Machine, local groups and Cleveland Metroparks.  All are welcome at this family-friendly event, and please come dressed to possibly…

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13 ways to get out on Lake Erie this summer

By Laura Johnston | May 30, 2019

Rent a kayak. Hunt for beach glass. Fish. We can all get our blue mind on this summer on Lake Erie, even if we don’t own a boat. See the full list of possibilities on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Photo scavenger hunt: Find your favorite spots on an icy Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | January 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Photo scavenger hunt: Find your favorite spots on an icy Lake Erie

Think you know Ohio’s North Coast? Paratus Air took RocktheLake on a helicopter tour of Lake Erie last week, from Burke Lakefront Airport in downtown Cleveland to Put-in-Bay. We wanted to see the village of shanties and the anglers ice fishing on the lake. See our first post from the ride. On the way, we…

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Ice fishing near downtown Cleveland

By Laura Johnston | January 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Ice fishing near downtown Cleveland

You don’t need a snowmobile or a four-wheeler to ice fish off the coast of Cleveland. Unlike the shanties north of Catawba on Lake Erie, with their airboats and charter trips and even a guy selling chili, it’s a low-key affair here. Just guys gathering for a few hours, maybe after work, to jig a…

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Cleveland Sailing Association commodore: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | January 25, 2018 | Comments Off on Cleveland Sailing Association commodore: Erie Interviews

Meet Lee Karns, commodore of the Cleveland Sailing Association, which encompasses six Lake Erie yacht clubs with active sail racing scenes: Cleveland Yachting Club, Edgewater, Lakeside, Forest City, Chagrin Lagoons, Mentor Harbor and Grand River. The clubs formed the association in 1996 to recruit more participants for races, coordinate events and score boats against each…

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Alexander Hamilton founded the U.S. Coast Guard: Not that you remember when

By Laura Johnston | January 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Alexander Hamilton founded the U.S. Coast Guard: Not that you remember when

Little known fact: Alexander Hamilton started the Coast Guard as 10 ships known as “revenue cutters,” designed to collect tariffs from ships importing goods into the United States. The U.S. Coast Guard – or its predecessors – has enforced tariffs, combated piracy, carried mail, prevented the slave trade, protected government timber and stopped smuggling of…

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How ice dunes form on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | January 23, 2018 | Comments Off on How ice dunes form on Lake Erie

As the lake starts freezing, ice chunks form, and waves push them into shore. Those ice chunks build up mounds, 10 feet tall or higher. But when winds blow from the south and temperatures warm, some ice melts and plates of ice shift north, into the middle of the lake. That dissipates the dunes.  Cold…

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Clifton Park classic: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | January 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Clifton Park classic: Lake Erie House of the Week

Five bedrooms, four bathrooms and nearly two-thirds of an acre come with this classic colonial in Lakewood’s sought-after Clifton Park neighborhood. The$850,000 Lake Road home, built in 1910, includes hardwood floors, grand staircases, leaded glass windows, detailed mill-work and built-ins and a view of Lake Erie. Clifton Park is a neighborhood of about 250 homes…

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Try a tritoon? It’s a pontoon boat stable enough for Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | January 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Try a tritoon? It’s a pontoon boat stable enough for Lake Erie

What’s a tritoon? It’s a pontoon boat with three pontoons. Which makes it more stable the the traditional flat-bottomed party boat, and better able to withstand Lake Erie’s waves. Bonus: it fits a whole load of people, and it’s cheaper than a similar-sized fiberglass-bottom boat. Scott Sieg of Portage Lakes Marine in Akron explains why…

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The future of sailing? At the Cleveland Boat Show

By Laura Johnston | January 21, 2018 | Comments Off on The future of sailing? At the Cleveland Boat Show

 Why is there only one sailboat dealer at the Mid-America Boat Show this year? Rob Morley of Riverfront Yacht Services in the Flats says it’s because sailing is a dying sport. “It sure does feel that way,” said Jennifer Daus. “But I see a lot of interest, like with the Foundry.” Daus, along with…

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Ride a WaveRunner, scuba, skipper a sailboat: Pretend it’s summer at the Cleveland Boat Show

By Laura Johnston | January 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Ride a WaveRunner, scuba, skipper a sailboat: Pretend it’s summer at the Cleveland Boat Show

All four Swain-Borland kids jumped in the scuba pool Friday at the Mid-America Boat Show. The Avon Lake family comes every January to the I-X Center. And this year the youngest, Luke, 10, was finally old enough to try scuba diving. “We live on the water all summer long. We kayak, we paddleboard, we boat,…

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See what’s new with Sea-Doos, and tour a 43-foot motor yacht

By Laura Johnston | January 19, 2018 | Comments Off on See what’s new with Sea-Doos, and tour a 43-foot motor yacht

In the market for a new Sea-Doo? What about a 43-foot motor yacht so luxe that it has a garage on board for a dinghy? (It also has two bedrooms and two bathrooms.) Obviously you need to cruise through the Cleveland Boat Show. RocktheLake talked to dealers and checked out the amenities on some of…

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