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Small craft warning: Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 22-24

By Laura Johnston | November 21, 2019

The end of November, and few mariners have their boats in Lake Erie. But just in case you’re holding out for a traditional Thanksgiving Crib-bean cruise, know that there’s a small craft warning until 7 p.m. Thursday. Here’s the full National Weather Service marine forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick. Friday: West-northwest wind 21 to…

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Make a marine debris public service announcement and win Cedar Point tickets

By Laura Johnston | November 5, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio high school students can win a field trip to Stone Lab on Gibraltar Island and tickets to Cedar Point, by creating a public service video on the dangers of marine debris in the Great Lakes. The contest, in its fourth year, is run by Ohio Sea Grant and the National Oceanic…

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See the Walleye Fall Brawl payouts

By Laura Johnston | October 23, 2019

Nearly 8,000 anglers are competing in the 2020 Walleye Fall Brawl, the most ever in the 10th annual fishing derby. All those competitors make for the biggest prizes in the history of the brawl. Warrior V208 boat, worth about $100,000 HewesCraft 210 Sea Runner boat, worth about $75,000 $45,000 $35,000 $25,000 Kids Division, 15 and…

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Time for the Walleye Fall Brawl! Ohio Lake Erie fish report

By Laura Johnston | October 17, 2019

The 10th annual Walleye Fall Brawl starts Friday! And we’ve got lots of fall fishing to look forward to. In fall, steelhead trout are the highlight in the Rocky and Chagrin rivers, says Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec.  The rain in local streams will entice more steelhead to enter the northern portions of the watersheds, Durkalec…

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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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Catch the biggest steelhead in Ohio and win gear

By Laura Johnston | October 4, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Fishing Co. is teaming up with former Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas on a contest to catch the biggest steelhead in Ohio. The winner will receive a Cleveland Fishing Co. hat, beanie, hoodie, T-shirt, and mystery item autographed by Thomas. Brian Tigue launched his company in April with hats, T-shirts,…

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Walleye still biting: Lake Erie fish report Oct. 4

By Laura Johnston | October 3, 2019

Lake Erie walleye are still biting, and anglers are signing up for the annual Walleye Fall Brawl, which starts Oct. 16. See the full Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report. Western Basin Walleye  Where: Walleye fishing remains consistent with limits of smaller fish being reported near Locust and Cone reefs. Fishing continues to be good…

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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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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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Meet the captain of Sunset Cleveland: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | March 8, 2018 | Comments Off on Meet the captain of Sunset Cleveland: Erie Interviews

Meet Matthew Golga, an insurance adjuster who this summer is launching Sunset Cleveland, private boat cruises on the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie. Golga, 44, of North Olmsted was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia in September. In October, he bought a 26-foot, 1969 wooden Lyman Express Cruiser. “You talk about someday, and someday never comes.…

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U.S. Coast Guard plans to sell Cleveland lighthouse: See vintage photos of Ohio lights on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | March 7, 2018 | Comments Off on U.S. Coast Guard plans to sell Cleveland lighthouse: See vintage photos of Ohio lights on Lake Erie

The U.S. Coast Guard could sell the bigger lighthouse in Cleveland’s harbor this year. The Guard owns both lighthouses along the breakwall, where the Cuyahoga River meets Lake Erie, said Chris Channels, executive petty officer at the Aids to Navigation Team in Buffalo, which oversees buoys and lighthouse from the St. Lawrence River to Vermilion.…

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Rocky River plans to revamp Bradstreet’s Landing park, replace much of pier

By Laura Johnston | March 6, 2018 | Comments Off on Rocky River plans to revamp Bradstreet’s Landing park, replace much of pier

Rocky River plans to replace 290 feet of the crumbling Bradstreet’s Landing pier — and would like to revive the tired park surrounding it. The Lake Road pier has been closed since November because of deteriorating concrete, missing supports, fractured steel panels and more in the far end of the pier. The section closest to…

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How to report a delay lifting the Norfolk Southern bridge over the Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | March 5, 2018 | Comments Off on How to report a delay lifting the Norfolk Southern bridge over the Cuyahoga River

Cleveland boaters have a beef with the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge that blocks access between the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie. The railroad promises to lessen delays at the NS1 bridge and improve relationships this summer with freighters, safety patrols, cruise ships and recreational boats. But if you experience excessive delays, don’t just gripe about…

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$1.8 million Nantucket colonial on Lake Erie: House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | March 5, 2018 | Comments Off on $1.8 million Nantucket colonial on Lake Erie: House of the Week

This $1.8 million Nantucket-style home on Lake Road in Bay Village includes an acre of land and a private drive to your own pier.  The 5,000-square-foot Colonial includes four bedrooms, four full bathrooms, two half baths, five fireplaces and two staircases — plus stunning views of Lake Erie and downtown Cleveland. The house was built…

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