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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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Lyman Life celebrates Lake Erie legacy boat brand

By Laura Johnston | February 6, 2018 | Comments Off on Lyman Life celebrates Lake Erie legacy boat brand

The outline looks like it’s smiling at you from the back of a T-shirt. Just like the classic wooden boat that inspired it. “Everyone smiles and waves when they see a Lyman,” said Michelle Burke, CEO of Lyman Life. Built in Cleveland and then Sandusky, Lymans are loved for their “clinker-built” wood frames that glides…

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Historic Stonehenge Estate on Put-in-Bay

By Laura Johnston | February 5, 2018 | Comments Off on Historic Stonehenge Estate on Put-in-Bay

” ngg_triggers_display=”never” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] Here’s your chance to own the historic Stonehenge Estate on Put-in-Bay, with seven buildings on nearly 6 acres. The property — for sale by owners for $1.5 million — was once a grape-growing farm, typical of South Bass Island in the 19th century. The four-bedroom stone farmhouse (built circa…

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What’s happening on Put-in-Bay: 2018 calendar

By Laura Johnston | February 2, 2018 | Comments Off on What’s happening on Put-in-Bay: 2018 calendar

Planning a visit to the Lake Erie playground of Put-in-Bay? Hotels are already booking up, especially on weekends during the prime vacation span from mid-June to mid-August, said Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce ambassador Peter Huston. No one has any hard numbers, but South Bass Island may welcome 750,000 visitors during the season. July and early…

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Take the Rowing for Fitness class at the Foundry

By Laura Johnston | February 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Take the Rowing for Fitness class at the Foundry

“There, you got it. Now you look like a pro.” Coach Jessica Weaver made her way around the Foundry’s rowing tanks, correcting form and giving tips. Because most of us taking Rowing for Fitness on a snowy Cleveland Monday night had never rowed before. And that’s totally fine. “We’re looking for ways for people to…

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Desdemona’s gallery owner Bailey VanKirk on winter in Marblehead: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | February 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Desdemona’s gallery owner Bailey VanKirk on winter in Marblehead: Erie Interviews

Meet Bailey VanKirk, oil painter and owner of Desdemona’s Art Gallery in the village of Marblehead. VanKirk, 31, grew up on the Marblehead peninsula and earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art and painting from Kent State University. She lived for a few years in Cleveland, which she calls “the city,” and dabbled in taxidermy.…

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Lake Erie has 36 islands, sort of. Here’s the list.

By Laura Johnston | January 31, 2018 | Comments Off on Lake Erie has 36 islands, sort of. Here’s the list.

You know South Bass Island. (Although maybe you refer it to by the name of the party hotspot village, Put-in-Bay.) You know Kelleys Island. But can you name the more than two dozen other islands in Lake Erie? Neither could I. Thankfully, Middle Bass Island historian Michael Gora compiled a comprehensive list of the islands,…

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U.S., Canadian Coast Guards strengthen ice breaking partnership

By Laura Johnston | January 30, 2018 | Comments Off on U.S., Canadian Coast Guards strengthen ice breaking partnership

The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards are strengthening their collaboration on ice breaking in the Great Lakes. The agencies can now temporarily exchange personnel on ice breaking ships, to allow service men and women to learn each other’s procedures, since they often cooperate in shared waters and on joint missions, according to a U.S. Coast…

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Build your own boat with the Cleveland Amateur Boatbuilding and Boating Society

By Laura Johnston | January 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Build your own boat with the Cleveland Amateur Boatbuilding and Boating Society

Want to build a boat? Mike Latham did. After his wife died, he spent 1,600 hours over more than six years crafting a 20-foot Ocean Pointer. The frame of the fishing boat is made of marine plywood, and the planking of white pine. The hull is covered in polyester cloth set in epoxy. And at the…

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Cedar Point for $440,000: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | January 29, 2018 | Comments Off on Cedar Point for $440,000: Lake Erie House of the Week

This four-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot home on Cedar Point Road has the same sunrise-and-sunset views of its million-dollar neighbors, for $439,900. You can watch the sunrise over Lake Erie from the covered brick front porch or see the sunset over Sandusky Bay from the rear deck. The 1948-built house has a newer roof and vinyl cedar shake…

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Photo scavenger hunt: Find your favorite spots on an icy Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | January 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Photo scavenger hunt: Find your favorite spots on an icy Lake Erie

Think you know Ohio’s North Coast? Paratus Air took RocktheLake on a helicopter tour of Lake Erie last week, from Burke Lakefront Airport in downtown Cleveland to Put-in-Bay. We wanted to see the village of shanties and the anglers ice fishing on the lake. See our first post from the ride. On the way, we…

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