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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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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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What does Put-in-Bay look like in the off-season?

By Laura Johnston | March 13, 2018 | Comments Off on What does Put-in-Bay look like in the off-season?

During the season, as many as 750,000 visitors swarm Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island. They crowd the ferries, cram the bars, cover the roads in golf carts and the harbor with boats. The season runs April through October. But July and early August is when PIB’s bars are busiest, and when the resort pools and…

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Rock Hall brings its Induction week celebration lakeside

By Troy Smith | March 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Rock Hall brings its Induction week celebration lakeside

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will kick off a week of festivities tied to the 2018 Induction Ceremony with what could be a record-setting event along Lake Erie. The museum’s “Celebration Day,” presented by PNC, takes place from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at the Rock Hall’s…

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New Lake Erie Shores ranch: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | March 12, 2018 | Comments Off on New Lake Erie Shores ranch: Lake Erie House of the Week

A 2016-built ranch in the Lake Erie Shores community in Painesville Township has access to a private beach on Lake Erie and scenic trails. Priced at $325,000, the 1,600-square-foot home features two bedrooms, three full bathrooms, main-floor laundry rood, an open floor plan and a gourmet kitchen. It has wide plank floors, upgraded hardware, custom…

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Peddle — not paddle — a kayak

By Laura Johnston | March 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Peddle — not paddle — a kayak

You can paddle a kayak. And with Hobie Mirage kayaks you can pedal. You pedal lightly with your feet, and two underwater flippers — modeled after penguin’s feet — push out beneath the kayak to propel you through the water. With a little effort, you could go 3-5 mph, said Buckeye Sports Center kayak expert…

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Win a seven-night Tour the Shore trip along Ohio’s Lake Erie shore

By Laura Johnston | March 8, 2018 | Comments Off on Win a seven-night Tour the Shore trip along Ohio’s Lake Erie shore

Want a free vacation on Lake Erie this summer? Visit the zoo, sip Ohio-made wine, take in the Erie Islands, dine overlooking the lake, tour the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, cheer on the Lake County Captains baseball team, zipline and see a play. The Tour the Shore trip from June 1 to 8,…

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