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Rent a pedal boat, kayak or golf cart this summer at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake

By Laura Johnston | February 21, 2019

The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake is offering more fun this summer. In addition to the popular zipline and high ropes courses, the lakefront hotel will have kayaks, pedal boats and golf carts for rent. You can paddle in Cowles Creek or zoom over to the strip. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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See the summer music, yoga schedule at Shooters in the Flats

By Laura Johnston | February 20, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Making summer plans? Shooters on the Water announced it’s a line-up of events, from Memorial Day to September. So mark your calendar for a few drinks, some sunshine and music on the West Bank of the Flats. Shooters opened in 1987, luring Clevelanders to the banks of the Cuyahoga for a taste…

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Digital warning signs could be added to Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | February 20, 2019

Paddling on the Cuyahoga River this summer? Members of the Cuyahoga River Safety Task Force are working on getting temporary digital signs to warn of coming freighters. Read all about it on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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See ice boats on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | February 20, 2019

Wonder what it’s like to speed across a frozen Lake Erie, icy wind in your face? Members of the Toledo Ice Yacht Club showed us what it’s like. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Gale warning Friday: Lake Erie marine forecast Feb. 15-17

By Laura Johnston | February 14, 2019

The National Weather Service has issued a gale warning from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. A cold front will move east across Lake Erie late Thursday and early Friday, bringing gusts of up to 40 knots. Here’s the full weekend marine forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick, from the National Weather Service. Friday: West…

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Lake Erie, how we love thee

By Laura Johnston | February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of this most romantic holiday, we’re sharing why we love our Great Lake. Our Facebook followers shared all sorts of reasons — and even a love poem. Check out their thoughts and photos at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Ambassadors to help out Cuyahoga River paddlers

By Laura Johnston | February 12, 2019

To keep kayakers and stand-up paddlers safe on the Cuyahoga River, volunteers are forming a Cuyahoga River Ambassador Program — or CRAP, for short. The nonprofit Phastar Corp. is working with the Cleveland Metroparks, Foundry and Nalu Paddle & Surf to train about two dozen volunteers for the program. For more information, see cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Lake Erie water levels could break May record

By Laura Johnston | February 11, 2019

Lake Erie has been high for years. And if we get a wet spring, the lake could break its May 1986 high water level record, according to the latest forecast from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Read all about it at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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One more week to enter our Winter Beach photo contest ends Feb. 18

By Laura Johnston | February 11, 2019

Sunsets, icicles, blustery waves, lighthouses and blue skies have made for some marvelous photos of Lake Erie this winter. RocktheLake has received more than 75 photos in our first-ever Winter Beach photo contest. You’ve got one more week to enter. Meanwhile, see the submissions here on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Fairport Harbor townhomes draws tourists

By Laura Johnston | February 7, 2019

Families have come from California, Arizona, New Jersey, to vacation in Fairport Harbor. They’ve all rented one of the seven townhouses steps from Lake Erie and the Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park. The townhouses, available on Airbnb are changing the tourism game in town. See the full story on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Lake Erie forecast Nov. 16-19

By Kelly Reardon | November 16, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Erie forecast Nov. 16-19

A roller coaster of weather is ahead for Lake Erie this weekend. If you’re hoping to get some time out on the water, I’d go for Friday morning and afternoon, and again on Monday. Saturday and Sunday, you may want to avoid the lake. (Unfortunately, the Midwest Collegiate Sailing Fall Championship regatta at the Old…

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Cleveland birder Jen Brumfield: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | November 16, 2017 | Comments Off on Cleveland birder Jen Brumfield: Erie Interviews

Meet Jen Brumfield, a Cleveland Metroparks naturalist who in 2012 set a new Cuyahoga County record for most bird species observed in a year. Now she’s trying to break her own record. That means when Brumfield’s not working, entertaining school kids at the Rocky River Nature Center or leading birding walks at Wendy Park, she’s…

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Watch Lake Erie ice form, break from public art in Public Square

By Laura Johnston | November 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Watch Lake Erie ice form, break from public art in Public Square

This winter, Clevelanders can watch ice form on Lake Erie from the middle of Public Square. A public art installation from LAND Studio will feature a large video kiosk showing live camera feeds from Gibraltar Island, Put-in-Bay and Maumee Bay. “Waiting for a Break” by artist Julia Christensen will be unveiled Dec. 16, with shots…

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Stone Lab: Science on a Lake Erie island

By Laura Johnston | November 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Stone Lab: Science on a Lake Erie island

You can see the party scene of Put-in-Bay 100 yards from here. But the Ohio State University students who spend their summers at Stone Laboratory on this 6.5-acre chunk of dolomite sandstone in the Put-in-Bay harbor don’t venture over very often. They’re too busy studying, assessing water samples, tagging water snakes, examining quagga mussels. Besides,…

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What boaters worry about on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | November 14, 2017 | Comments Off on What boaters worry about on Lake Erie

They came from yacht clubs and marinas all along Ohio’s north coast, to voice their concerns about Lake Erie. They worry about harmful algal blooms, invasive species, dredging, erosion, the dead zone in the central basin. They want Norfolk Southern railroad to raise the bridge over the Cuyahoga River more quickly, and renters of kayaks…

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Cleveland is hosting the Midwest Fall collegiate sailing championships

By Laura Johnston | November 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Cleveland is hosting the Midwest Fall collegiate sailing championships

CLEVELAND, Ohio – About 125 college sailors and coaches are coming to Cleveland, to bunk with local families and compete in the city’s first Midwest Fall Championship regatta. The Foundry, which trains student rowers and sailors from its headquarters in the Flats, is hosting the event from the at the tip of Whiskey Island, since the…

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$2.74M Cedar Point stunner: Lake Erie house of the week

By Laura Johnston | November 13, 2017 | Comments Off on $2.74M Cedar Point stunner: Lake Erie house of the week

Want to watch the sun rise from your front yard and the sun set from the back? While hanging out on your private beach or lounging in your own pool? Check out this $2.74 million, 8,800-square-foot stunner on Cedar Point Road in Sandusky. The four-bedroom house, built in 2001, features lots of hard wood, a…

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Say you want a fishfinder: Would you rather a Garmin or a Humminbird?

By Laura Johnston | November 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Say you want a fishfinder: Would you rather a Garmin or a Humminbird?

Time to start making those holiday wish lists! If you’re an angler, maybe you’re hoping for a new fishfinder for Christmas or Hanukkah, so you can more easily catch walleye or perch on Lake Erie. Fishfinders work with sonar, sending sound waves that travel through the water, then reflect when they hit an object. You…

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What’s biting on Lake Erie? Nov. 10-12 fishing report

By Laura Johnston | November 10, 2017 | Comments Off on What’s biting on Lake Erie? Nov. 10-12 fishing report

Want to know where and what to fish for? In his weekly Cleveland Metroparks fishing report, aquatic biologist Mike Durklec says the walleye night bite is “good and getting even better.”  While white bass and yellow perch fishing are slow lately, anglers can catch walleye from the shore by casting stickbaits and glow-in-the-dark spoons. Anglers…

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What the heck is Lake Erie’s dead zone?

By Laura Johnston | November 10, 2017 | Comments Off on What the heck is Lake Erie’s dead zone?

It sounds like a horror movie: the dead zone. But it happens every year in the central basin of Lake Erie, when warmer water stratifies from the colder water below and the oxygen gets used up by decaying organisms. Fish flee because the water has too little oxygen for them to survive. Organisms that can’t…

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