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Kids can get a free fishing pole at the Cleveland Boat Show Kids Day

By Laura Johnston | January 20, 2019

Get your kids into boating — and fishing at the Progressive Cleveland Boat Show. Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is also Kids Day at the show, where kids can get a free fishing pole, plus get their faces painted, get balloon animals and see some of their favorite pirate and princess characters. The Cleveland…

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Wake boats are big toy — and big business — in boat industry

By Laura Johnston | January 20, 2019

Want to surf Lake Erie? You can — when winter winds bring big waves. Or you can buy a wake boat, to create the perfect 5-foot wave to surf on. Wake boats are transforming the world of water sports. Read all about them on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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See Twiggy the waterskiing squirrel

By Laura Johnston | January 19, 2019

Yep, Twiggy is a real, live, waterskiing squirrel, beloved at the Progressive Cleveland Boat Show. Got questions about Twiggy, like how does she train? We’ve got answers on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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All about outboard engines at the Cleveland Boat Show

By Laura Johnston | January 18, 2019

Gleaming yachts, 40 feet long, tricked out with endless seating, fancy kitchens, and rows of outboard engines. Outboards are everywhere at the 2019 Progressive Cleveland Boat Show, from fishing boats to nearly million-dollar power yachts. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake. Plus, see seven of the most luxurious, largest, most impressive (and most expensive boats)…

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The end of Lake Erie open water fishing season: Fish report Jan. 18-21

By Laura Johnston | January 17, 2019

Lake Erie’s open water fishing season is ending for the year. The Rocky River and other streams currently offer good fishing conditions, but expect them to ice up quickly with the impending cold, says Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec. Durkalec writes in his weekly fishing report that slush is worst following heavier snowfall as well…

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Lake Erie ice is coming! Marine forecast Jan. 18-21

By Laura Johnston | January 17, 2019

Winter has finally arrived in Cleveland. Rapid ice growth is expected on Lake Erie starting Sunday, thanks to frigid temperatures. The whole weekend is looking cold, windy and snowy — unless, like me, you’re spending every day in the cheerful summer escape of the Progressive Cleveland Boat Show. Here’s what to expect, according to the…

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Explore the ports, shores of the inland seas with Great Lakes Cruising Club

By Laura Johnston | January 15, 2019

The Great Lakes Cruising Club was formed by a handful of yachtsmen in Chicago in 1934. Now it includes about 2,500 families – both sailors and powerboaters – who want to know the lay of port towns in both Canada and the United States.  See all the details at www.cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.  

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How to get tickets for Tall Ships Cleveland

By Laura Johnston | January 15, 2019

Tall Ships are coming to Cleveland July 11-14.  You know you want to buy tickets — for a tour or a day sail, to see the 10 ships docked near FirstEnergy Stadium. So how do you get them?  Check it out on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Kelleys Island makes Sunday fun day at Progressive Cleveland Boat Show

By Laura Johnston | January 15, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Kelleys Island is coming to the Progressive Cleveland Boat Show.   While Put-in-Bay has always been celebrated at the annual mid-winter rendezvous, Kelleys Island Sunday Funday is a first. As is a Main Street area lined with Kelleys favorite shops.   Sunday will feature favorite Kelleys performers, such as The Distractions and…

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Nalu Standup Paddle & Surf expands to include Erie race series, fitness classes

By Laura Johnston | January 10, 2019

Nalu Standup Paddle & Surf is expanding! The Rocky River shop is spinning off Nalu Fitness & Adventure, which will plan an Erie race series, host fitness classes and lead travel expeditions.  See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Lake Lingo: Words you should know

By Laura Johnston | September 29, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Lingo: Words you should know

Want to sound Great Lakes smart? Here’s a list of words, incorporating sport and scientific terms, we’ll add to daily. So that you don’t look clueless when, for instance, someone calls a boat a “salty.” Nov. 8: Maritime: Another word meaning of or related to the sea. But this one you’ve actually heard of. Nov.…

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How cool are the freighters at the Port of Cleveland

By Laura Johnston | September 29, 2017 | Comments Off on How cool are the freighters at the Port of Cleveland

Every day, they glide into the Port of Cleveland: giant freighters that bow-to-stern stand as tall as the Terminal Tower. There’s no schedule for most of these ships, called lakers because they’re too big to leave the Great Lakes. The salties, so named for ocean saltwater, are thinner and arrive about 10 times a month.…

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Lorain County dreams big for lakefront cities

By Laura Johnston | September 28, 2017 | Comments Off on Lorain County dreams big for lakefront cities

Imagine a new town center in Avon Lake, with restaurants overlooking Lake Erie. A convention center and hotel in Lorain, where the Black River meets the lake. A channel and marina lined with townhomes in Sheffield Lake. A stormwater education center in Vermilion. And a trail along 28 miles of U.S. 6 linking the projects…

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Shore Society designer Rachael Koenig: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | September 28, 2017 | Comments Off on Shore Society designer Rachael Koenig: Erie Interviews

Meet Rachael Koenig, a designer from Lakewood whose Shore Society T-shirts, prints, coffee mugs and other cool stuff aims to capture Cleveland’s “Rust Belt nautical aesthetic.” The Kent State University graduate, who also works full-time at American Greetings, grew up in Bay Village, taking picnics to the beach with her family. In 2011, she designed…

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Why you should care about harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | September 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Why you should care about harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie

Cleveland isn’t facing the same icky, stinky green mat of algae plaguing Toledo, thank goodness. The harmful algal bloom originates near the Maumee River because Lake Erie is so shallow in that area, and because most of the phosphorous contributing comes from fertilizer runoff from farms around the Maumee. Yet the bloom in Lake Erie’s…

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5 patios to visit before the season sunsets

By Laura Johnston | September 27, 2017 | Comments Off on 5 patios to visit before the season sunsets

Summer vacation is over. But you can still take a mini break, dining on the water at one of Cleveland’s many patios. Here are five to visit before the sun sets on patio season. Pickle Bill’s: Full disclosure, I’ve never visited this restaurant on the banks of the Grand River, just down the street from Mentor…

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Buying a stand-up paddleboard: inflatable vs. hard board

By Laura Johnston | September 26, 2017 | Comments Off on Buying a stand-up paddleboard: inflatable vs. hard board

So you want to buy a stand-up paddleboard? The sport is one of the fastest growing in the world. And Americans are buying nearly 300,000 stand-up paddleboards a year, according to the Stand-Up Paddleboard Industry Association.  The Outdoor Foundation didn’t even include stand-up paddleboarding – or SUP, which migrated from Hawaii to California in 2004…

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North Coast Women’s Sailing Association gets more women on the water

By Laura Johnston | September 25, 2017 | Comments Off on North Coast Women’s Sailing Association gets more women on the water

“Fall off the wind!” the skipper yelled. The problem? I had no idea which way the wind was blowing. Or which way that meant I should pull the tiller. After three classes about sailing – in which I learned the basic vocabulary and the fact that you can’t sail a boat directly into the wind…

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Fall fishing on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | September 24, 2017 | Comments Off on Fall fishing on Lake Erie

Fall is the best time to fish in Northeast Ohio. Steelhead trout rush into rivers to spawn. Perch and Walleye swim from the middle of Lake Erie to the shallower, warmer water. You can catch them from the fishing piers and marinas that dot the shore. On the rocks that ring East 55th Street Marina, anglers…

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How artist Amy Lauria captures that ‘happy place’ feeling for your wall

By Laura Johnston | September 23, 2017 | Comments Off on How artist Amy Lauria captures that ‘happy place’ feeling for your wall

As soon as Amy Lauria gets home from work, she puts on her “play clothes,” calls her dog and heads to the beach. She and Grace, a pit bull mix, walk for an hour each day, as she collects driftwood, stones, metal, beach glass and trash, anything she can find to make into art. “I…

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