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Ohio Lake Erie fish report Aug. 22

By Laura Johnston | August 22, 2019

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report:

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Sunny, windy and cooler: Lake Erie marine forecast Aug. 22-24

By Laura Johnston | August 21, 2019

It’s beginning to feel a little cooler at the end of August. But we’re looking at sunny and windy for the weekend, perfect for sailing or picnicking by the water. And since the Lake Erie temperature is 76 degrees, a swim will feel nice, too. See the full National Weather Service marine forecast, from Avon…

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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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Kids sail in Junior Bay Week

By Laura Johnston | July 16, 2019

Kids have taken over Put-in-Bay Yacht Club for the annual Inter-Lake Yachting Association Junior Championships. The 64th annual event features 150 sailors age 17 and younger from clubs across Lake Erie. They descend on Put-in-Bay for four days of races, skits, speakers team dinners, awards banquets and more. Check out the photos of the fun…

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2019 Lake Erie harmful algal bloom forecast to be slightly smaller than 2017

By Laura Johnston | July 11, 2019

This year’s harmful algal bloom could be slightly smaller than 2017, according to the forecast released Thursday by Ohio Sea Grant. Heavy spring rains washed a huge load of phosphorus — the main ingredient for the toxic blue-green algae — into the Maumee River. That’s despite the fact that many farmers couldn’t plant fields this…

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Ready, set, sail! Lake Erie marine forecast July 11-14

By Laura Johnston | July 10, 2019

Wind is in the weekend forecast for Lake Erie! Sun is also predicted after Thursday, with perfect temperatures for sunning and sailing. Or for checking out the Tall Ships Cleveland festival. The water temperature off Toledo is 76 degrees, and off Erie 70 degrees. See the full National Weather Service offshore marine forecast, from Avon…

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Walleye madness: Lake Erie fishing report July 10

By Laura Johnston | July 10, 2019

Lake Erie is stuffed with walleye. Anglers are reaching the six-fish-per-person limits. How? Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec writes in his July fish report that trolling spoons, crawler harnesses and crankbaits are good bets to catch walleye. “But equally effective many days, and lots of fun, is casting and slowly retrieving a weight forward spinner…

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Meet the fleet of Tall Ships Cleveland!

By Laura Johnston | July 9, 2019

Eleven tall ships — brigs, schooners, barques and more — are coming to Cleveland, in a celebration of our maritime heritage.  Tall Ships Cleveland is one of a handful of stops for the ships on the Great Lakes this summer. The goal is to engage with the community and remind them of the history that…

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Take a helicopter tour over the Lake Erie shore

By Laura Johnston | January 17, 2018 | Comments Off on Take a helicopter tour over the Lake Erie shore

The helicopter lifted off gently, swooping into the sky over Lake Erie and around downtown Cleveland. It felt like the first uphill climb of a roller coaster, the beginning of the swing ride at an amusement park. “Here we go,” said Ryan Maehs, a helicopter pilot for Paratus Air. Paratus — based in Put-in-Bay and…

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Sandusky Bay Sandbar acquired by Western Reserve Land Conservancy

By Laura Johnston | January 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Sandusky Bay Sandbar acquired by Western Reserve Land Conservancy

Western Reserve Land Conservancy is working to permanently preserve the Sandbar in Sandusky Bay, a popular spot for kiteboarding and sometimes camping. The Conservancy in December bought the property from Bay Point Resort and Marina for more than $1 million, with plenty of help from federal and state grants. The 68-acre, narrow peninsula extends south from…

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Setting up the Cleveland Boat Show

By Laura Johnston | January 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Setting up the Cleveland Boat Show

  Trucks zoomed around the cavernous I-X Center, shiny new boats preening behind them. Crews used a crane to lift vessels off trailers and onto dollies. And hoses filled a giant fish tank. Metal clanged and engines roared and everywhere guys hurried to prepare for Ohio’s oldest and largest boat show, which starts Thursday.  The…

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Pedestrian bridge over North Coast Harbor in the works

By Laura Johnston | January 16, 2018 | Comments Off on Pedestrian bridge over North Coast Harbor in the works

Remember the plans for the North Coast Harbor pedestrian drawbridge connecting Voinovich Park to the plaza near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? After nine years, $6 million project could be on its way to fruition. The city of Cleveland is working with the Ohio Department of Transportation on the project, and bids for…

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Marveling at ice creations at North Coast Harbor’s Ice Fest

By Laura Johnston | January 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Marveling at ice creations at North Coast Harbor’s Ice Fest

Even Anna and Elsa needed handwarmers to battle the cold Monday.  But thousands of Clevelanders tromped around Lake Erie to take in the water — frozen water. Families sprayed snow with food coloring. Kids zoomed down an ice slide and hit slapshots with the Cleveland Monsters display. And everyone marveled at ice sculptures at North…

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Custom built Bratenahl home: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | January 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Custom built Bratenahl home: Lake Erie House of the Week

Check out the elevator, marble floors and chandeliers in this custom-built home in gated Hanna Estates in Bratenahl. The $1.2 million home features a two-story great room with fireplace and built-ins, a billiards room with bar, walk-out lower level with a bar, perfect for entertaining and a master wing with a private deck, master bath,…

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Docking your boat with a joystick? It’s like a video game controller

By Laura Johnston | January 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Docking your boat with a joystick? It’s like a video game controller

Find it stressful to dock a boat? Maneuvering a vessel into a tight spot, surrounded by wood, metal poles and other boats, can be difficult. Which is why joysticks are one of the hottest technology trends on Lake Erie. The 360-degree joystick works intuitively, like a video game controller. The boat moves whatever direction you…

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Boat salesman Bart Barnes: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | January 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Boat salesman Bart Barnes: Erie Interviews

Meet Bart Barnes, a salesman for Clemons Boats in Sandusky, which is bringing more than 30 boats to the Mid-America Boat Show starting Thursday at Cleveland’s I-X Center. “The service department is turning and burning,” said Barnes, 28, of Castalia. See more on boat dealership prep for the boat show. Barnes grew up in Norwalk…

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U.S. Coast Guard members practice ice rescues

By Laura Johnston | January 11, 2018 | Comments Off on U.S. Coast Guard members practice ice rescues

They took running leaps from the ice and jumped in to the Cleveland harbor, floating amid ice chunks like they were inner tubes in a heated pool. “It’s not too bad,” said members of the U.S. Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor. They wore football cleats studded with hardware-store wingnuts to keep from slipping — and…

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Divers help extract sunken boat from Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | January 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Divers help extract sunken boat from Cuyahoga River

A 40-to-50-foot old charter fishing boat sunk this month in the Cuyahoga River. And now scuba divers are under the frigid water, righting the vessel and attaching it to a crane, so it can be pulled up, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. No one was injured when the boat sunk, said Petty Officer Brian…

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