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Western basin walleye hatch second best ever! Ohio Lake Erie fish report Sept. 20

By Laura Johnston | September 19, 2019

Hooray! The spring 2019 walleye hatch was even better than last year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. It’s the second-best ODNR’s Division of Wildlife has ever recorded in surveys of the western basin. The yellow perch hatch was also strong, well above its long-term average. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake. Lake…

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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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Where to camp on Lake Erie shores

By Laura Johnston | September 10, 2019

Want to fall asleep under the stars, listening to the waves on Lake Erie? What you need is a tent and a campground. And thankfully, we found 10 along the Ohio coast — including spots on Put-in-Bay, Kelleys Island and Middle Bass Island. Check out 10 state parks and private campgrounds at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Chagrin River wins $200,000 grant to stabilize banks

By Laura Johnston | September 9, 2019

The Great Lakes Commission on Monday announced $2.2 million in grants to reduce the runoff of sediment, nutrients, and other pollutants into the Great Lakes. That includes $200,000 for bank stabilization on the Chagrin River, which runs into Lake Erie. Grant recipients will use the funding to install controls or add practices that limit sediment or nutrient…

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Demo boats at Progressive North Coast Harbor Boat Show

By Laura Johnston | September 5, 2019

Summer may be over, but you’ve still got a chance to enjoy Lake Erie at Cleveland’s only in-water, free boat show, the Progressive North Coast Harbor Boat Show. Nearly 100 boats — from small fishing craft to luxury motor yachts — will be open for boarding and demonstration rides. You can also try a one-hour,…

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How students can win a $1,000 scholarship from the Walleye Fall Brawl

By Laura Johnston | September 5, 2019

High school students who love to fish could win $1,000 scholarships from the Walleye Fall Brawl. The scholarships will be awarded by the Fall Brawl to one girl and one boy, who write 500-750 words on “why they enjoy fishing and how they may help improve the activity in the future.” Entries are due Nov.…

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Ohio Lake Erie Labor Day weekend fish report

By Laura Johnston | August 28, 2019

It’s the unofficial last weekend of summer, which means fall fishing is just heating up. The Lake Erie water temperature is 74 off Toledo and 74 off Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast. And the lake is full of walleye, perch and smallmouth bass. Here’s the Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report. Western Basin…

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Beyond rock painting: 6 ways to get your arts fix at Lakeside Chautauqua

By Laura Johnston | July 22, 2019

Art ties the summer — and families — together at Lakeside Chautauqua. Classes include painting, dancing, music and more for all ages, at just about any time of day. You can even make soap to take home for Christmas gifts. See how you can get involved at the private community on Lake Erie, with the…

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Volunteer paddlers needed to help with triathlon

By Laura Johnston | July 18, 2019

Want to help Cleveland host the USA Triathlon Age-Group championships? Experienced kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders are needed for water safety teams, to help keep racers safe during the swim portion of the triathlon at Edgewater Beach. The events take place Aug. 9-11. Sign up below, and mark your calendars for a pre-event training session on…

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Meet new Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Conductor Daniel Meyer

By Laura Johnston | July 17, 2019

Brought to you by Lakeside Chautauqua and rockthelake.com Music is magic you can get lost in, says new Lakewood Symphony Orchestra Conductor Daniel Meyer. In this world of YouTube clips and 30-second commercials clamoring for attention, “You can lose track of time. You can unplug and disconnect when you get completely engrossed in a piece…

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Huron condo: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | February 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Huron condo: Lake Erie House of the Week

Take in Lake Erie views from the deck, patio and a few windows of this townhouse in Huron, priced at $154,900. Newer flooring, stainless steel kitchen appliances, laundry room and extra storage are all included in this two-bedroom, 1 1/2-bathroom, 1,300-square-foot condo, built in 1977. There are built-in cabinets and crown molding in the living…

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As soon as the ice melts, set sail with the Foundry’s spring frostbite series

By Laura Johnston | February 16, 2018 | Comments Off on As soon as the ice melts, set sail with the Foundry’s spring frostbite series

Ready to get back in the water? The Foundry’s spring frostbiting series starts Sunday, March 25. It’s nearly free! And you don’t even need your own boat! (If you’re more of a fair weather sailor, read on for a free series for you, too.) The Foundry Rowing & Sailing Center started its frostbiting series last…

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Island Air Pilot Dustin Shaffer flies people, groceries from Port Clinton to Put-in-Bay: Erie Interview

By Laura Johnston | February 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Island Air Pilot Dustin Shaffer flies people, groceries from Port Clinton to Put-in-Bay: Erie Interview

Meet Dustin Shaffer, owner of Island Air Taxi, the only airplane company based in Put-in-Bay. In the winter, he may fly 20 flights a day, back and forth from South Bass or Kelleys islands to the mainland of Port Clinton, chauffeuring people, groceries and anything else that needs to get on island after Lake Erie…

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Falling in love on Lake Erie: Valentine stories

By Laura Johnston | February 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Falling in love on Lake Erie: Valentine stories

Happy Valentine’s Day! To honor the most romantic and gushy of holidays — and remind you that, yes, the ice will eventually melt and the weather will be warm again — we’re featuring the stories of three couples who fell in love on Lake Erie. That love transcends the lake’s pink-and-orange sunsets, and strolls on…

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Waiting for a Break connects Clevelanders to Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | February 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Waiting for a Break connects Clevelanders to Lake Erie

You can’t see Lake Erie from here. The vast sheet of ice is just a few blocks away, down Ontario Street. But in Public Square, the lake is out of sight, out of mind. Except for a video kiosk — about the size of your living room TV — showing live feeds of the ice,…

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Contemporary Bay Village waterfront: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | February 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Contemporary Bay Village waterfront: Lake Erie House of the Week

This waterfront mansion in Bay Village has everything in its 14,000 square feet: a spa, theater, gym, smart home technology and radiant heated floors, all with Lake Erie views — and 1.7 acres. The $4.7 million gated contemporary at 24524 Lake Road was built in 2006. It has five bedrooms, nine bathrooms (six full), four-car…

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8 romantic Lake Erie spots for Valentine’s Day: Romance the Lake

By Laura Johnston | February 9, 2018 | Comments Off on 8 romantic Lake Erie spots for Valentine’s Day: Romance the Lake

Perhaps a tromp on the ice dunes lacks the obvious romance of a barefoot walk along the surf. But Lake Erie is still gorgeous in winter, and its sunsets still cast a golden glow (albeit hours earlier). So why not make lakefront plans for Valentine’s Day? Whether you’re looking for a decadent dinner, a swanky…

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Great Lakes Science Center chef moved from California to Cleveland: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | February 8, 2018 | Comments Off on Great Lakes Science Center chef moved from California to Cleveland: Erie Interviews

Meet Chris Hawk, Cleveland transplant from Atlanta (via California) and new chef at the Great Lakes Science Center. Hawk has worked in radiology and the music business. And he never went to culinary school. He’s self-taught and driven by experience.  The museum hired Hawk with Chicago-based Levy, which handles food and beverage for the Huntington…

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See Lake Erie ice formations from the air

By Laura Johnston | February 7, 2018 | Comments Off on See Lake Erie ice formations from the air

” ngg_triggers_display=”never” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] This winter, we’re infatuated with ice. The cold bites at our fingers, the wind snaps in our faces, and we dream of spring. Meanwhile, we stare at the ice on our beloved Great Lake. We’re mesmerized by the villages of ice fishing shanties off South Bass Island. We’re captivated…

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Davis Aerospace & Maritime High School Cleveland teaches boat skills with basics

By Laura Johnston | February 7, 2018 | Comments Off on Davis Aerospace & Maritime High School Cleveland teaches boat skills with basics

You get in trouble at school when you’re caught staring out the window, right? Except maybe at Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School, where the fifth-floor windows overlook Burke Lakefront Airport. Especially while Thunderbird pilots – who just spoke to your class – are practicing their stunts. The Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school, which…

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