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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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U.S. Coast Guard breaks ice for 2018 shipping season

By Laura Johnston | March 22, 2018 | Comments Off on U.S. Coast Guard breaks ice for 2018 shipping season

U.S. Coast Guard cutters are prepping for the start of the 2018 Great Lakes shipping season March 26 by breaking ice in Lake Superior, the Straits of Mackinac and the St. Marys River. The so-called Spring Breakout readies the lakes for the opening of the Soo Locks Sunday, connecting Lake Superior with Lake Huron. The U.S.…

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Meet Ren Carlisle in Historic Ashtabula Harbor: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | March 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Meet Ren Carlisle in Historic Ashtabula Harbor: Erie Interviews

Meet Ren Carlisle, who helped spearhead the comeback of the Historic Ashtabula Harbor. Carlisle’s family has been in Ashtabula since 1835 and for decades owned the department store chain Carlisle-Allen. Now he and his wife, Toni, run Carlisle’s Home in the Harbor in a former brothel on Bridge Street. (Look up and you can see…

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Announcing Lorain’s 2018 Rockin’ on the River line-up

By Laura Johnston | March 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Announcing Lorain’s 2018 Rockin’ on the River line-up

Lorain’s Rockin’ on the River opens May 25 with Dirty Deeds, an AC/DC tribute band. The summer Friday-and-Saturday night concert series at Black River Landing embraces all sorts of music, from country legends to boy bands. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for the shows, which generally cost $5 and run until 11 p.m. You can…

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Edgewater Beach through the years: Remember when

By Laura Johnston | March 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Edgewater Beach through the years: Remember when

Edgewater is the place to be during a Cleveland summer, whether you’re wading at the beach, fishing from the rocks or dancing at Edgewater Live. Cleveland bought the land that would become Edgewater Park in 1894. Today the park sits on more than 130 acres and boasts some 6,000 feet of shoreline. Read cleveland.com’s history of…

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What’s it like aboard a Great Lakes cruise ship?

By Laura Johnston | March 20, 2018 | Comments Off on What’s it like aboard a Great Lakes cruise ship?

Nine cruise ships docked in Cleveland last year, bringing 1,500 visitors to town. And this year the Port of Cleveland expects twice that many. Visitors generally take in the sights from the water, including the old Coast Guard Station and the bridges over the Cuyahoga River. On land, they may stop at landmarks like the…

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Vickery fisherman’s escape for $60,000: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | March 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Vickery fisherman’s escape for $60,000: Lake Erie House of the Week

Looking for an escape near Lake Erie, without spending all your retirement savings? This two-bedroom cottage on Willow Avenue in Vickery, down the street from the lake, could be yours for less than $60,000. The 864-square-foot, two-bedroom, 1 1/2-bathroom cottage was built in 1950 and still has original wood paneling. It has a new half-bathroom.…

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Conneaut lighthouse up for sale

By Laura Johnston | March 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Conneaut lighthouse up for sale

Imagine camping in a lighthouse, a mile into Lake Erie Karen and Jerry Killilea Jr. have spent summer vacations at the Conneaut Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse since buying it from the U.S. Coast Guast in an online auction in 2011. Now that Jerry has cancer, though, the couple is selling the National Historic Landmark. “We…

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New shipwreck of Margaret Olwill discovered in Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | March 15, 2018 | Comments Off on New shipwreck of Margaret Olwill discovered in Lake Erie

After 29 years of searching on-and-off, diver Rob Ruetschle found the shipwreck of the Margaret Olwill, a steam barge that sank carrying 900 tons of limestone from Kelleys Island to Cleveland in June 1899, the National Museum of the Great Lakes announced Thursday. The ship went down in a nor’easter, killing the captain, his wife…

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Meet Interlake Steamship Mate Jason Kolar: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | March 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Meet Interlake Steamship Mate Jason Kolar: Erie Interviews

Meet Jason Kolar, a mate on a Great Lakes freighter. Kolar, of Cleveland, is the guy right below the captain, who takes care of payroll, manages the deck crew and plan how to load and unload the ship. Kolar, 28, who grew up in Olmsted Falls, spent his summers on Catawba as kid. His uncle…

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Where to find beach glass on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | March 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Where to find beach glass on Lake Erie

Lake Erie is a bastion of beach glass. Collecting beach glass (or sea glass, if you find it at the ocean) is meditation for thousands of beachcombers, who walk the shores hoping to find treasure: a rare pattern of sea pottery, a red sliver or purple jellybean of glass. A couple of reasons for the…

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