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Land bridge could like Cleveland Mall to Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | March 18, 2019

Imagine green space stretching from Public Square, all the way to Lake Erie. Under a proposal by the Green Ribbon Coalition, a 5.5-acre land bridge would extend the Mall over the train tracks and Shoreway, giving Clevelanders access to the lake. There’s even an all-weather walkway included. Check out the full story on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Port Clinton fish fests named among nation’s best

By Laura Johnston | March 15, 2019

Only in Port Clinton does a giant fiberglass walleye fall from the sky to welcome a new year. Which is why the Lake Erie city was named to Fishingbooker.com’s best fishing festivals list. The Walleye Festival over Memorial Day weekend also contributed to Port Clinton’s spot among seven festivals across the United States. See the…

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29 cruise ships docking in Cleveland in 2019

By Laura Johnston | March 14, 2019

They start arriving in May, big Victory cruise ships with nearly 200 passengers disembarking in Cleveland. This year, 29 cruise ships are scheduled to dock at the Port of Cleveland between May and October. That’s up from nine in 2017 and 19 last year. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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See the 6 Erie Series paddle races for 2019

By Laura Johnston | March 13, 2019

On your mark, get set, race! Nalu Stand-up Paddle & Surf is organizing six SUP races this summer, all with a family-friendly festival vibe. Most of the events include canoes and kayaks. So mark your calendars! See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Float the Cuyahoga River this summer for $20

By Laura Johnston | March 13, 2019

Take a trip south of Cleveland for a tubing trip down the Cuyahoga River. You can take a 2 1/2 ride from Waterworks Park for $20 — plus $10 if you want a cooler tube. That includes a shuttle back to your car. Kids as young as 5 can ride. Just make sure to wear…

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Own a spot in Lakeside Chautauqua: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | March 12, 2019

Dream of spending the summer — every summer — at Lakeside Chautauqua? The private, idyllic Lake Erie community has a few homes for sale, and RocktheLake is featuring two of them with water views. Take a look at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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The City of Erie beat the Tashmoo in the grandest steamboat race on the Great Lakes

By Laura Johnston | March 12, 2019

Newspaper accounts call it the grandest steamship race in maritime history. And it started in Cleveland. Two Michigan-built passenger steamships, the City of Erie and the Tashmoo, raced 94 miles from Cleveland to Erie, Pennsylvania, with thousands of people cheering and more than $100,000 in bets. See the full story on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Who won the RocktheLake Winter Beach photo contest?

By Laura Johnston | March 6, 2019

Congratulations to Aprell Burkey of Painesville, who took first place in the RocktheLake Winter Beach photo contest. She garnered more than 25 percent of the vote. Brenda Traffis of Concord Township finished second in the popular vote, and Sharon Wolff finished third. Read all about them, and their tips for amateur photographers, on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Xtinguish Torch Fest celebrates Cuyahoga River renaissance

By Laura Johnston | February 28, 2019

Cleveland is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the last Cuyahoga River fire all year, with hundreds of organizations hosting educational talks, performances and festivals. But the culmination may be Xtinguish Torch Fest, four days of events along 100 miles of the Cuyahoga: from the headwaters near Burton, through Akron and to Downtown Cleveland. West Creek…

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Lake Erie Bill of Rights challenged the day after voters approve it

By Laura Johnston | February 27, 2019

Toledo voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the Lake Erie Bill of Rights, allowing residents to sue to protect the lake. On Wednesday, a farmer challenged the law’s constitutionality, kicking off the next chapter of legal fights. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Cleveland is hosting the Midwest Fall collegiate sailing championships

By Laura Johnston | November 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Cleveland is hosting the Midwest Fall collegiate sailing championships

CLEVELAND, Ohio – About 125 college sailors and coaches are coming to Cleveland, to bunk with local families and compete in the city’s first Midwest Fall Championship regatta. The Foundry, which trains student rowers and sailors from its headquarters in the Flats, is hosting the event from the at the tip of Whiskey Island, since the…

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$2.74M Cedar Point stunner: Lake Erie house of the week

By Laura Johnston | November 13, 2017 | Comments Off on $2.74M Cedar Point stunner: Lake Erie house of the week

Want to watch the sun rise from your front yard and the sun set from the back? While hanging out on your private beach or lounging in your own pool? Check out this $2.74 million, 8,800-square-foot stunner on Cedar Point Road in Sandusky. The four-bedroom house, built in 2001, features lots of hard wood, a…

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Say you want a fishfinder: Would you rather a Garmin or a Humminbird?

By Laura Johnston | November 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Say you want a fishfinder: Would you rather a Garmin or a Humminbird?

Time to start making those holiday wish lists! If you’re an angler, maybe you’re hoping for a new fishfinder for Christmas or Hanukkah, so you can more easily catch walleye or perch on Lake Erie. Fishfinders work with sonar, sending sound waves that travel through the water, then reflect when they hit an object. You…

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What’s biting on Lake Erie? Nov. 10-12 fishing report

By Laura Johnston | November 10, 2017 | Comments Off on What’s biting on Lake Erie? Nov. 10-12 fishing report

Want to know where and what to fish for? In his weekly Cleveland Metroparks fishing report, aquatic biologist Mike Durklec says the walleye night bite is “good and getting even better.”  While white bass and yellow perch fishing are slow lately, anglers can catch walleye from the shore by casting stickbaits and glow-in-the-dark spoons. Anglers…

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What the heck is Lake Erie’s dead zone?

By Laura Johnston | November 10, 2017 | Comments Off on What the heck is Lake Erie’s dead zone?

It sounds like a horror movie: the dead zone. But it happens every year in the central basin of Lake Erie, when warmer water stratifies from the colder water below and the oxygen gets used up by decaying organisms. Fish flee because the water has too little oxygen for them to survive. Organisms that can’t…

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Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 9-12

By Kelly Reardon | November 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 9-12

For the full forecast in other Lake Erie zones, head to the National Weather Service’s marine forecast page to click on your specific area of interest. Still got your boat in the water? Get prepped for the possibility of lake-effect snow Friday, with some high waves resulting from strong winds, triggering a small craft advisory until 5…

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Photographer Dave Sandford: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | November 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Photographer Dave Sandford: Erie Interviews

Meet Dave Sandford, whose photos of monster waves capture the awe of Lake Erie. The Canadian shoots photos for the NBA and NHL, and he travels the world taking photos of wildlife and nature. Next up is Churchill, Manitoba, where he hopes to capture polar bears before they take off on ice in Hudson’s Bay.…

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What ships are sailing into the Port of Cleveland this month?

By Laura Johnston | November 8, 2017 | Comments Off on What ships are sailing into the Port of Cleveland this month?

On the lookout for salties? Here are the European ships expected in the Port of Cleveland this month: Nov. 9: Fagelgracht, carrying containers, from Antwerp, Belgium Nov. 10: Albanyborg, carrying general cargo from Hamburg, Germany Nov. 12: Eeborg, carrying steel, from Ijmuiden, Netherlands Nov. 14: Drawsco, carrying coils/skids, from Ijmuiden, Netherlands Nov. 15: Federal Margaree,…

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See Lake Erie’s shipwrecks, from dry land

By Laura Johnston | November 8, 2017 | Comments Off on See Lake Erie’s shipwrecks, from dry land

The tugboat Admiral set out from Cleveland on Dec. 2, 1942, towing the tanker barge Cleveco, with a million gallons of wartime fuel oil, on Lake Erie. A fierce winter gale sunk both ships off the Ohio coast, killing all of the Admiral’s crew of 14 and Cleveco’s crew of 18, and spilling all of…

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USS Cod commemorates Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor

By Laura Johnston | November 7, 2017 | Comments Off on USS Cod commemorates Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor

USS Cod, the World War II submarine in North Coast Harbor, aims to be “the place where Cleveland honors veterans.” The 75-year-old Gato-class submarine, which went on seven patrols in the Pacific Ocean during World War II, remains open than later this year, with Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through Nov. 25. This Saturday, Nov. 11,…

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