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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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Chance of thunderstorms: Lake Erie marine forecast Aug. 15-18

By Laura Johnston | August 15, 2019 | Comments Off on Chance of thunderstorms: Lake Erie marine forecast Aug. 15-18

The kids are heading back to school, but you can still get out on Lake Erie. Water temperature is a warm 76 degrees. Unfortunately, the weekend may be marred by storms. Friday: Southwest wind 6 to 9 knots becoming west-northwest in the afternoon. A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 2 p.m. and 3…

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Ohio Lake Erie fish report Aug. 8

By Laura Johnston | August 8, 2019 | Comments Off on Ohio Lake Erie fish report Aug. 8

All summer, you can catch a multitude of fish behind Cleveland’s breakwall: largemouth bass, rock bass, smallmouth bass, white bass, catfish, freshwater drum and sunfish species, as well as walleye, Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec writes in his monthly fish report.  Offerings such as tube jigs and live minnows appeal to the widest variety of…

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Glorious summer weekend: Lake Erie marine forecast Aug. 8-11

By Laura Johnston | August 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Glorious summer weekend: Lake Erie marine forecast Aug. 8-11

I know. The back-to-school ads are out, and the fall sports are kicking off. But it’s still summer, and this weekend looks absolutely glorious on Lake Erie. So live it up boating, swimming, beaching, fishing, whatever! The lake water is about 77 degrees. Just watch out for the waterspouts. Here’s your National Weather Service marine…

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Perch near Toledo: Ohio Lake Erie forecast July 25

By Laura Johnston | July 24, 2019 | Comments Off on Perch near Toledo: Ohio Lake Erie forecast July 25

Finally, some upbeat reports of perch in Lake Erie. And still plenty of walleye. It’s looking like lovely weather for a fishing trip! Here’s the full Lake Erie fish report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources: Western Basin Walleye   Where: The best bite has been 3 to 6 miles east of Kelleys Island, out of…

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Lovely, sunny summer: Lake Erie marine forecast July 25-28

By Laura Johnston | July 24, 2019 | Comments Off on Lovely, sunny summer: Lake Erie marine forecast July 25-28

It’s looking like a beautiful weekend, perfect for swimming, boating, fishing, paddleboarding and just about every other summer activity on Lake Erie. Water temperature is 73.9 degrees at the 5-mile Crib. Here’s your National Weather Service marine forecast for Avon Point to Willowick: Thursday: Southwest wind 6 to 9 knots becoming north-northwest 9 to 12…

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

By Laura Johnston | July 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Beyond rock painting: 6 ways to get your arts fix at Lakeside Chautauqua

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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I caught a walleye! Ohio Lake Erie fish report July 19-22

By Laura Johnston | July 18, 2019 | Comments Off on I caught a walleye! Ohio Lake Erie fish report July 19-22

This is the best walleye season just about anyone can remember on Lake Erie. We caught seven walleye in about 45 minutes, when Danny McConnell of Midtown Fishing Charters took us out from the Gordon Park boat ramp this week. Once we had two fish on the line at the same time! All of them…

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Heat wave! Lake Erie marine forecast July 19-21

By Laura Johnston | July 18, 2019 | Comments Off on Heat wave! Lake Erie marine forecast July 19-21

Ohio’s having a heat wave. And Lake Erie is the best place to cool off. The air temperature is forecast to be at least five degrees cooler on the lake, from Avon Point to Willowick. And the water Thursday was 76 degrees at the Cleveland Crib. Here’s the full open-water forecast from the National Weather…

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Volunteer paddlers needed to help with triathlon

By Laura Johnston | July 18, 2019 | Comments Off on Volunteer paddlers needed to help with triathlon

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 | Comments Off on Meet new Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Conductor Daniel Meyer

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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