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Scenic to industrial: See all the moods of the Cuyahoga in Crooked River Contrasts exhibit

By Laura Johnston | May 20, 2019

From the tranquil headquarters near Burton to the busy industrial channel in downtown Cleveland, the Cuyahoga River is gorgeous. Photographers captured the river’s beauty, over seasons and years, in the West Creek Conservancy’s Crooked River Contrasts exhibit. Go see it, or see all the photos on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Sandusky booming for residents, tourists: See the big downtown developments

By Laura Johnston | May 16, 2019

Sandusky just celebrated its bicentennial. And the capital of Lake Erie vacationland is planning its future. For the full story, see cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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What not to do on the Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | May 15, 2019

We get it. The Cuyahoga River is pure joy on a sunny summer day, a smooth spot for cruising, whether you’re on a jet ski, kayak or stand-up paddleboard. But the river is still a federal shipping channel. And those giant freighters have very little room to maneuver. So play it safe. Here’s what not…

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2019 Lake Erie harmful algal bloom predicted to be worse than last year

By Laura Johnston | May 15, 2019

Bad news for Lake Erie lovers — especially in the western basin. An early prediction says the annual harmful algal bloom will be worse this year than last. That’s because of heavy rain in April. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Help restore the Putzfrau that cleaned the Cuyahoga

By Laura Johnston | May 14, 2019

When the Cuyahoga River was an open sewer, choked with oil and trash and sewage, the Putzfrau cleaned it up. In a 16-hour day, the Putzfrau could pick up 100 cubic yards of debris and 15,000 gallons of oil. Now, to celebrate 50 years of the river’s recovery, advocates want to restore the boat. See…

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Lake Erie could break record high levels

By Laura Johnston | May 7, 2019

You’re not imagining it — Lake Erie is as high as it’s ever been in May. The lake started the month above the record May average, set in 1986. And according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it could break the all-time record high monthly average in June. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Bay Village mansion is three doors from Huntington Beach: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | May 6, 2019

Dream of a beach lifestyle in suburban Cleveland? Check out this $1.2 million brick home in Bay Village, a short walk from Cleveland Metroparks’ Huntington Beach. It has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a lot of high-end touches. See the whole house cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Introducing the Picton Castle: Tall Ships Cleveland

By Laura Johnston | May 3, 2019

The Picton Castle, a barque that sails under a Cook Islands flag and calls Nova Scotia home, is headed to Cleveland. After the three-masted ship finishes its seventh world voyage, anyway. We’re counting down the 10 weeks to the Cleveland Tall Ships Festival with details of the 10 ships that will dock at North Coast…

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How to buy a boat launch pass from Cleveland Metroparks

By Laura Johnston | May 2, 2019

If you’re launching your boat at a Cleveland Metroparks ramp this summer, you need to buy a pass. The passes are good for any Metroparks boat ramp, through December 2019. The passes will be available online soon. Meanwhile, you can buy annual passes for $30 at Edgewater Beach House, East 55th Street Marina and Wildwood…

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Free fishing weekend! Lake Erie fish report May 3-5

By Laura Johnston | May 2, 2019

Fish for free anywhere in Ohio May 4-5, in the annual free fishing weekend. β€œOhio has world-class fishing, and our free fishing weekend is a great opportunity to experience what the state has to offer,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said in a news release. β€œI invite Ohioans to take some time to get outside with…

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Huron condo: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | January 8, 2018 | Comments Off on Huron condo: Lake Erie House of the Week

Check out a lakefront condo in Huron with impeccable views. The 1973-built, three-bedroom, 3 1/2-bath condo is an end unit with an open floor plan at 1130 By the Shore Drive. It’s listed for $359,000. The kitchen of the 2,600-square-foot home includes cherry cabinets and bamboo floors. The walk-out lower level includes a massive family…

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The best boat name on Lake Erie is…

By Laura Johnston | January 5, 2018 | Comments Off on The best boat name on Lake Erie is…

You voted. The best boat name on Lake Erie is Anchor Management, in Mentor Lagoons. About 43 percent of the 979 votes in RocktheLake’s inaugural contest chose the best name. And we agree. It’s pithy. It’s punny. It’s as nautical as they come. And it’s got a great story, to boot. Kevyn Kistner and his…

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What does Lake Erie look like frozen?

By Laura Johnston | January 4, 2018 | Comments Off on What does Lake Erie look like frozen?

What does Lake Erie look in a deep freeze? About half the lake is iced over, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And a few of our favorite Instagrammers have captured gorgeous shots of the ice dunes and ice chunks and icicles. You can enjoy all these from the comfort of your couch…

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Ice fisherman Andy Setlock: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | January 4, 2018 | Comments Off on Ice fisherman Andy Setlock: Erie Interviews

Meet Andy Setlock, an 82-year-old angler from Wickliffe who’s impatiently waiting for the central basin of Lake Erie to freeze solid, so he can go ice fishing. Last year, the weather was too warm, and the lake never froze. This year, the temperatures have been frigid, but masses of snow are insulating the surface and…

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U.S. Coast Guard from Cleveland cuts boats free from ice

By Laura Johnston | January 3, 2018 | Comments Off on U.S. Coast Guard from Cleveland cuts boats free from ice

The Great Lakes shipping season ends Jan. 15. Until then, two Cleveland-based U.S. Coast Guard ice cutters are keeping the channels free of ice, so freighters can deliver goods from port to port. The Neah Bay and Morro Bay, 140-foot bay class ice-breaking tugs, freed multiple vessels beset by ice in western Lake Erie and…

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What to know before you ice fish on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | January 3, 2018 | Comments Off on What to know before you ice fish on Lake Erie

Ice fishing started off Catawba Island last week, the earliest Capt. Tony Muscioni can remember in his 65 years. The ice there, hemmed in by the Erie islands, freezes before other spots in Lake Erie, said Muscioni, who runs airboat trips onto the ice. Now the ice is about 7.5 inches thick. The Ohio Department…

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Cleveland Municipal Stadium is underwater in Lake Erie: Remember When

By Laura Johnston | January 3, 2018 | Comments Off on Cleveland Municipal Stadium is underwater in Lake Erie: Remember When

Want to revisit the good old days of Cleveland Municipal Stadium? Get out your scuba gear. Because the rubble of the ballpark is now three artificial reefs, home to thousands of fish in Lake Erie. The concrete, brick and rock from the onetime home of the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns is piled in three…

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How Cleveland Water gets from Lake Erie to your tap

By Laura Johnston | January 2, 2018 | Comments Off on How Cleveland Water gets from Lake Erie to your tap

Lake Erie provides drinking water for 11 million people — 3 million of them in Ohio, including 1.4 million in Cleveland. The Cleveland Water Department pumps water throughout Cuyahoga County and parts of five other counties, from four separate treatment plants, each with its own intake crib in Lake Erie. (The 5-mile crib is the…

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6 New Year’s resolutions for Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | January 1, 2018 | Comments Off on 6 New Year’s resolutions for Lake Erie

What if Lake Erie made New Year’s resolutions? The lake we love is already great, obviously. But it could be greater with a little self-improvement. In that vein, here are a few ideas: 1. Reduce the amount of phosphorus flowing into the lake: Reducing phosphorus — namely from fertilizer run-off into the Maumee River —…

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Carl Bachtel explains the passion of fishing: The lure of Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | December 28, 2017 | Comments Off on Carl Bachtel explains the passion of fishing: The lure of Lake Erie

Why fish? For anglers who have been casting or trolling since childhood, that’s a silly question. But for those of us who have never baited a line, we wonder: What’s the appeal of sitting and waiting for fish to bite? (Especially when it’s cold?) Carl Bachtel, 53, a Bass Pro Shops fishing pro staffer from…

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