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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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The best boat name on Lake Erie is…

By Laura Johnston | January 5, 2018 | Comments Off on The best boat name on Lake Erie is…

You voted. The best boat name on Lake Erie is Anchor Management, in Mentor Lagoons. About 43 percent of the 979 votes in RocktheLake’s inaugural contest chose the best name. And we agree. It’s pithy. It’s punny. It’s as nautical as they come. And it’s got a great story, to boot. Kevyn Kistner and his…

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What does Lake Erie look like frozen?

By Laura Johnston | January 4, 2018 | Comments Off on What does Lake Erie look like frozen?

What does Lake Erie look in a deep freeze? About half the lake is iced over, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And a few of our favorite Instagrammers have captured gorgeous shots of the ice dunes and ice chunks and icicles. You can enjoy all these from the comfort of your couch…

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Ice fisherman Andy Setlock: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | January 4, 2018 | Comments Off on Ice fisherman Andy Setlock: Erie Interviews

Meet Andy Setlock, an 82-year-old angler from Wickliffe who’s impatiently waiting for the central basin of Lake Erie to freeze solid, so he can go ice fishing. Last year, the weather was too warm, and the lake never froze. This year, the temperatures have been frigid, but masses of snow are insulating the surface and…

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U.S. Coast Guard from Cleveland cuts boats free from ice

By Laura Johnston | January 3, 2018 | Comments Off on U.S. Coast Guard from Cleveland cuts boats free from ice

The Great Lakes shipping season ends Jan. 15. Until then, two Cleveland-based U.S. Coast Guard ice cutters are keeping the channels free of ice, so freighters can deliver goods from port to port. The Neah Bay and Morro Bay, 140-foot bay class ice-breaking tugs, freed multiple vessels beset by ice in western Lake Erie and…

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What to know before you ice fish on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | January 3, 2018 | Comments Off on What to know before you ice fish on Lake Erie

Ice fishing started off Catawba Island last week, the earliest Capt. Tony Muscioni can remember in his 65 years. The ice there, hemmed in by the Erie islands, freezes before other spots in Lake Erie, said Muscioni, who runs airboat trips onto the ice. Now the ice is about 7.5 inches thick. The Ohio Department…

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Cleveland Municipal Stadium is underwater in Lake Erie: Remember When

By Laura Johnston | January 3, 2018 | Comments Off on Cleveland Municipal Stadium is underwater in Lake Erie: Remember When

Want to revisit the good old days of Cleveland Municipal Stadium? Get out your scuba gear. Because the rubble of the ballpark is now three artificial reefs, home to thousands of fish in Lake Erie. The concrete, brick and rock from the onetime home of the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns is piled in three…

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How Cleveland Water gets from Lake Erie to your tap

By Laura Johnston | January 2, 2018 | Comments Off on How Cleveland Water gets from Lake Erie to your tap

Lake Erie provides drinking water for 11 million people — 3 million of them in Ohio, including 1.4 million in Cleveland. The Cleveland Water Department pumps water throughout Cuyahoga County and parts of five other counties, from four separate treatment plants, each with its own intake crib in Lake Erie. (The 5-mile crib is the…

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6 New Year’s resolutions for Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | January 1, 2018 | Comments Off on 6 New Year’s resolutions for Lake Erie

What if Lake Erie made New Year’s resolutions? The lake we love is already great, obviously. But it could be greater with a little self-improvement. In that vein, here are a few ideas: 1. Reduce the amount of phosphorus flowing into the lake: Reducing phosphorus — namely from fertilizer run-off into the Maumee River —…

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Carl Bachtel explains the passion of fishing: The lure of Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | December 28, 2017 | Comments Off on Carl Bachtel explains the passion of fishing: The lure of Lake Erie

Why fish? For anglers who have been casting or trolling since childhood, that’s a silly question. But for those of us who have never baited a line, we wonder: What’s the appeal of sitting and waiting for fish to bite? (Especially when it’s cold?) Carl Bachtel, 53, a Bass Pro Shops fishing pro staffer from…

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How to stand-up paddleboard safely

By Laura Johnston | December 28, 2017 | Comments Off on How to stand-up paddleboard safely

So you got a stand-up paddleboard for Christmas. Cool! Welcome to one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Did you get an inflatable or a hard board? SUP is great for newbies, since you can learn the basics in a few hours. About 1.2 million people tried the sport in 2011 alone and it…

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