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Where to rent a kayak, catch a cruise or dragon boat on the Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | June 20, 2019

Now that the Cuyahoga is clean, it’s a destination for recreation. If you have your own kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, here’s where to access the river at 16 public parks, from Geauga to Cleveland. If you don’t, we’ve got where to rent kayaks and canoes, learn how to row, or just take a cruise…

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Cool, sunny summer solstice: Lake Erie marine forecast June 21-23

By Laura Johnston | June 20, 2019

Summer officially starts Friday, with the summer solstice marking the longest day of the year. But it definitely won’t be the warmest, with a high of 64 degrees. The Lake Erie temperature is 63 degrees, according to the National Weather Service offshore forecast from Avon Point to Willowick. Friday: Northwest wind 7 to 10 knots.…

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Pick your favorite Lake Erie solution in ErieHack 2.0

By Laura Johnston | June 17, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A farm drainage tile that filters out phosphorus? A trash screen for storm sewers? An ultrasonic frequency that kills algae? You can vote on your favorite invention to clean up Lake Erie, as part of ErieHack 2.0. The Cleveland Water Alliances competition aims to find solutions to Lake Erie’s most pressing problems,…

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Cuyahoga River celebrates 50 years of rejuvenation

By Laura Johnston | June 17, 2019

Since the final Cuyahoga River fire in 1969, Cleveland has transformed the Cuyahoga River from cesspool to beach party. (Albeit a party that a freighter occasionally powers through.) Cleveland is celebrating that transformation all week, leading up to the official anniversary June 22. See a historical timeline of the Cuyahoga River and the original report…

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How the Foundry and Cleveland Rowing Foundation have changed Cleveland

By Laura Johnston | June 13, 2019

In 30 years on the Cuyahoga River, the Cleveland Rowing Foundation and Western Reserve Rowing Foundation have made rowing an institution in the city. Across the Columbus Road bridge, the two-year-old Foundry is using rowing and sailing to change the lives of city residents. See the story of both at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Rainy Father’s Day weekend: Lake Erie marine forecast June 14-16

By Laura Johnston | June 13, 2019

Happy Father’s Day! Sorry the weather won’t be in a celebratory mood. We’re looking at small craft advisory through 4 p.m. Friday, with gusts up to 35 knots and waves 4 to 7 feet. Saturday afternoon through Sunday are looking rainy, according to the National Weather Service. Here’s the marine forecast for Lake Erie, from…

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What Lake Erie’s record high water level looks like

By Laura Johnston | June 12, 2019

Docks are underwater. There’s no beach at Columbia Road Beach. With Lake Erie 33 inches higher than normal, we’re all seeing the effects. See a gallery of photos at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Sandusky named one of top fishing towns

By Laura Johnston | June 6, 2019

On top of winning USA Today’s No. 1 coastal city contest, Sandusky has been named one of the top seven fishing spots in the Great Lakes. Fishingbooker.com lauded the Lake Erie small town for its populous walley and perch, sheltered bay and ice fishing. “If you haven’t tried ice fishing before, just know that there are few…

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Lake Erie breaks all-time high-water record

By Laura Johnston | June 3, 2019

We’ve all seen the high water. Lake Erie has been creeping over roads and washing out docks. The Great Lake has officially toppled the U.S. Army Corps’ record high-water mark, set in 1986. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Rocky River volunteer clean up: Ohio Lake Erie fish report May 31-June 2

By Laura Johnston | May 30, 2019

Help clean up the Rocky River on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m to noon, followed by a cookout.  The clean-up is an effort between caring citizens, Rocky River Watershed Council, Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, Earnest Machine, local groups and Cleveland Metroparks.  All are welcome at this family-friendly event, and please come dressed to possibly…

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Marveling at ice creations at North Coast Harbor’s Ice Fest

By Laura Johnston | January 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Marveling at ice creations at North Coast Harbor’s Ice Fest

Even Anna and Elsa needed handwarmers to battle the cold Monday.  But thousands of Clevelanders tromped around Lake Erie to take in the water — frozen water. Families sprayed snow with food coloring. Kids zoomed down an ice slide and hit slapshots with the Cleveland Monsters display. And everyone marveled at ice sculptures at North…

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Custom built Bratenahl home: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | January 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Custom built Bratenahl home: Lake Erie House of the Week

Check out the elevator, marble floors and chandeliers in this custom-built home in gated Hanna Estates in Bratenahl. The $1.2 million home features a two-story great room with fireplace and built-ins, a billiards room with bar, walk-out lower level with a bar, perfect for entertaining and a master wing with a private deck, master bath,…

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Docking your boat with a joystick? It’s like a video game controller

By Laura Johnston | January 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Docking your boat with a joystick? It’s like a video game controller

Find it stressful to dock a boat? Maneuvering a vessel into a tight spot, surrounded by wood, metal poles and other boats, can be difficult. Which is why joysticks are one of the hottest technology trends on Lake Erie. The 360-degree joystick works intuitively, like a video game controller. The boat moves whatever direction you…

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Boat salesman Bart Barnes: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | January 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Boat salesman Bart Barnes: Erie Interviews

Meet Bart Barnes, a salesman for Clemons Boats in Sandusky, which is bringing more than 30 boats to the Mid-America Boat Show starting Thursday at Cleveland’s I-X Center. “The service department is turning and burning,” said Barnes, 28, of Castalia. See more on boat dealership prep for the boat show. Barnes grew up in Norwalk…

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U.S. Coast Guard members practice ice rescues

By Laura Johnston | January 11, 2018 | Comments Off on U.S. Coast Guard members practice ice rescues

They took running leaps from the ice and jumped in to the Cleveland harbor, floating amid ice chunks like they were inner tubes in a heated pool. “It’s not too bad,” said members of the U.S. Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor. They wore football cleats studded with hardware-store wingnuts to keep from slipping — and…

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Divers help extract sunken boat from Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | January 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Divers help extract sunken boat from Cuyahoga River

A 40-to-50-foot old charter fishing boat sunk this month in the Cuyahoga River. And now scuba divers are under the frigid water, righting the vessel and attaching it to a crane, so it can be pulled up, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. No one was injured when the boat sunk, said Petty Officer Brian…

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Hunting for snowy owls on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | January 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Hunting for snowy owls on Lake Erie

Have you spotted a snowy owl yet? The birds have drawn hundreds of Ohioans to Lake Erie parks, hoping to see the majestic white-and-gray fluffballs perching on piers or break walls this winter. Some lucky birders have counted 10 in one day in the Cleveland harbor. The boom is scientists call an “irruption,” or a…

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Prepping for the Cleveland Boat Show

By Laura Johnston | January 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Prepping for the Cleveland Boat Show

If you want a new boat this summer,  you should probably buy now. Demand is up, and supply is tight, boat dealers say. And besides, dealers and manufacturers are offering their best deals at the Mid-America Boat Show in Cleveland, which starts Jan. 18. South Shore Marine in Huron is carting about two dozen boats,…

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Frozen Lake Erie hurts diving ducks

By Laura Johnston | January 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Frozen Lake Erie hurts diving ducks

Frozen Lake Erie is proving dangerous for some lakeshore birds. Diving ducks can’t find open water to hunt for food or take off in flight from, said  Taryn Leach, wildlife specialist at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. And gulls have been getting stuck in the ice. “The kind of weather we’re having right now…

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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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