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Rent a pedal boat, kayak or golf cart this summer at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake

By Laura Johnston | February 21, 2019

The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake is offering more fun this summer. In addition to the popular zipline and high ropes courses, the lakefront hotel will have kayaks, pedal boats and golf carts for rent. You can paddle in Cowles Creek or zoom over to the strip. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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See the summer music, yoga schedule at Shooters in the Flats

By Laura Johnston | February 20, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Making summer plans? Shooters on the Water announced it’s a line-up of events, from Memorial Day to September. So mark your calendar for a few drinks, some sunshine and music on the West Bank of the Flats. Shooters opened in 1987, luring Clevelanders to the banks of the Cuyahoga for a taste…

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Digital warning signs could be added to Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | February 20, 2019

Paddling on the Cuyahoga River this summer? Members of the Cuyahoga River Safety Task Force are working on getting temporary digital signs to warn of coming freighters. Read all about it on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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See ice boats on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | February 20, 2019

Wonder what it’s like to speed across a frozen Lake Erie, icy wind in your face? Members of the Toledo Ice Yacht Club showed us what it’s like. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Gale warning Friday: Lake Erie marine forecast Feb. 15-17

By Laura Johnston | February 14, 2019

The National Weather Service has issued a gale warning from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. A cold front will move east across Lake Erie late Thursday and early Friday, bringing gusts of up to 40 knots. Here’s the full weekend marine forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick, from the National Weather Service. Friday: West…

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Lake Erie, how we love thee

By Laura Johnston | February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of this most romantic holiday, we’re sharing why we love our Great Lake. Our Facebook followers shared all sorts of reasons — and even a love poem. Check out their thoughts and photos at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Ambassadors to help out Cuyahoga River paddlers

By Laura Johnston | February 12, 2019

To keep kayakers and stand-up paddlers safe on the Cuyahoga River, volunteers are forming a Cuyahoga River Ambassador Program — or CRAP, for short. The nonprofit Phastar Corp. is working with the Cleveland Metroparks, Foundry and Nalu Paddle & Surf to train about two dozen volunteers for the program. For more information, see cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Lake Erie water levels could break May record

By Laura Johnston | February 11, 2019

Lake Erie has been high for years. And if we get a wet spring, the lake could break its May 1986 high water level record, according to the latest forecast from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Read all about it at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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One more week to enter our Winter Beach photo contest ends Feb. 18

By Laura Johnston | February 11, 2019

Sunsets, icicles, blustery waves, lighthouses and blue skies have made for some marvelous photos of Lake Erie this winter. RocktheLake has received more than 75 photos in our first-ever Winter Beach photo contest. You’ve got one more week to enter. Meanwhile, see the submissions here on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Fairport Harbor townhomes draws tourists

By Laura Johnston | February 7, 2019

Families have come from California, Arizona, New Jersey, to vacation in Fairport Harbor. They’ve all rented one of the seven townhouses steps from Lake Erie and the Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park. The townhouses, available on Airbnb are changing the tourism game in town. See the full story on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Lake Erie Charter Boat Association President Paul Pacholski: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | October 25, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Erie Charter Boat Association President Paul Pacholski: Erie Interviews

Meet Capt. Paul Pacholski, president of Lake Erie Charter Boats Association, which counts 650 boat captains as members. As the Walleye Capital of the World Lake Erie has one of the most prolific fisheries anywhere. (Fishery basically means total amount of fish.) And anglers fly in from as far as California to charter a boat…

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How to create coastal decor — without going kitsch

By Laura Johnston | October 24, 2017 | Comments Off on How to create coastal decor — without going kitsch

Everything’s popping up coastal. You can buy anchor-bedecked bedsheets at Target. Bags of sea stars and coral sculptures from T.J. Maxx. And whale towels at Walmart. But you want to do coastal without kitsch; you want to capture the carefree feel of Lake Erie and reflect its wind and sun and water in your décor. That’s…

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You can kitesurf in Cleveland? Yep. Check it out.

By Laura Johnston | October 23, 2017 | Comments Off on You can kitesurf in Cleveland? Yep. Check it out.

The first cool, crisp day of fall, and there’s a guy at Edgewater Beach, criss-crossing the waves, attached to a big orange-and-black kite flying U-shaped in the wind. He falls, but the kite continues to fly. And a minute later, he’s back at it, surfing. Until he catches a wave to the sand and emerges…

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Hook the biggest walleye in Lake Erie and win a $75,000 boat in the Fall Brawl

By Laura Johnston | October 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Hook the biggest walleye in Lake Erie and win a $75,000 boat in the Fall Brawl

At 12:01 this morning, more than 3,700 anglers began their quest: to catch the biggest walleye in the Ohio waters of Lake Erie. It’s the seventh year for the Fall Brawl, which began with 50 guys who threw a couple bucks in a pot. Now entrants come from more than a dozen states, filling up hotel…

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The Norfolk-Southern railroad bridge and the boats on the Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | October 20, 2017 | Comments Off on The Norfolk-Southern railroad bridge and the boats on the Cuyahoga River

About 100 trains chug each day along the Norfolk Southern bridge, across the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. It’s the first obstacle boats must pass to reach the Flats from Lake Erie, the one that stops them often for a half-hour at a time. Here’s why: A bridge tender works at the site 24 hours…

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Green Ribbon Coalition founder Dick Clough: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | October 19, 2017 | Comments Off on Green Ribbon Coalition founder Dick Clough: Erie Interviews

Meet Dick Clough, who founded the Green Ribbon Coalition to create more access to Lake Erie and connect lakefront parks with trails to the east, west and south. “I’ve lived here all my life. I always thought we could do better,” said Clough, 70, of Lakewood. “If we’re ever to see our community thrive, I think we…

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Lake Erie hides secrets of 2,000 shipwrecks

By Laura Johnston | October 17, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Erie hides secrets of 2,000 shipwrecks

The Great Lakes hold the secrets of about 8,000 shipwrecks. Lake Erie covers 2,000 of them, among the highest concentration of wrecks in the world. Only about 375 of Lake Erie’s wrecks have been found. They are schooners, freighters, steamships, tugs and fishing boats, and thanks to the cold, fresh water, many of them are…

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4 ways Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is protecting Lake Erie — and 3 ways you can help

By Laura Johnston | October 17, 2017 | Comments Off on 4 ways Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is protecting Lake Erie — and 3 ways you can help

Cleveland gets its drinking water from Lake Erie. The city sends its waste and stormwater right back to the lake. So how does the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District protect our Great Lake for swimmers, boaters and anglers? Most people never think about the labyrinth of pipes and massive treatment plants that protect our water,…

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What it takes to swim across Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | October 15, 2017 | Comments Off on What it takes to swim across Lake Erie

It’s 24.3 miles across Lake Erie’s narrowest stretch, from Long Point, Ontario, to North East, Pennsylvania. Three Erie natives swam it on one day in August. Amid 2- to 3-foot waves, brothers Tom and Greg Van Volkenburg finished in a record-breaking 11 hours, 15 minutes. Chris Fetcko finished about four hours later. It was the first…

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Freedom Boat Club lends boats without hassle

By Laura Johnston | October 14, 2017 | Comments Off on Freedom Boat Club lends boats without hassle

Want a boat without the headache of actually owning a boat? You know, cleaning it, fixing it, figuring out where to dock and store it. Renting a boat for a day isn’t really an option around Cleveland. But the Lake Erie Freedom Boat Club is sort of a boat library. For a $5,500 initiation fee and $259…

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