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Soak up summer sunsets, live music at Whiskey Island: See the 2019 band schedule

By Laura Johnston | April 18, 2019

Life is better with live music. And summer is better with boat docks and Lake Erie sunsets and a drink in your hand. Whiskey Island Still & Eatery offers all of that, all summer long. The casual restaurant, with its sprawling patio and picnic tables just down the road from Edgewater Park, will host bands…

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Spring into boating season with Progressive Insurance Catawba Island Boat Show

By Laura Johnston | April 17, 2019

Get on the water, in 125 shiny new boats at the 2019 Progressive Insurance Catawba Island Boat Show. The free event at the Catawba Island Club April 26-28 includes wine and beer tasting, sail boat rides and 30 vendors. See the full story cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Interlake Steamship to build new freighter

By Laura Johnston | April 10, 2019

Interlake Steamship Co. hasn’t built a new freighter since 1981. But its working on a 639-foot diesel ship, to be complete in 2022. Look for it on the Cuyahoga River then. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Sandusky named to USA Today’s 10 best coastal towns

By Laura Johnston | April 10, 2019

Sandusky made an elite list of the 10 best coastal towns in the United States, along with Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, and Cape May, New Jersey. USA Today lauds the city for its revitalized downtown, shopping and dining options, wine tasting and, of course, Cedar Point. And you can vote for the city, to make it No.…

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11 million tourists visited Lake Erie Shores and Islands in 2018

By Laura Johnston | April 5, 2019

Lake Erie Shores and Islands welcomed more than 11 million visitors last year, up 1 million from 2017, according to visitors bureau statistics. Lake Erie Shores and Islands President Larry Fletcher presented the figures at the annual State of Tourism address Thursday at Catawba Island Club. The visitors bureau covers both Erie and Ottawa counties,…

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Enter the Lake Erie Commission photo contest

By Laura Johnston | April 5, 2019

Did you miss RocktheLake’s Winter Beach photo contest? Or our Summer Solstice Sunset contest? Here’s another competition for amateur photographers with fantastic shots of Lake Erie: the Lake Erie Commission’s Life on Lake Erie contest. Contestants must be at least 18 years old, and the photos must be taken of the Ohio Lake Erie watershed…

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Peak steelhead season: Lake Erie fish report April 5-7

By Laura Johnston | April 5, 2019

Fishing, like the weather, is heating up. The GOTL Open is hosting its Spring Bash fishing tournament in Oak Harbor next weekend. Registration deadline is today (April 5). Last weekend, 140 anglers fished in the Rocky River in the sixth annual Barbie Rod Steelhead Derby. Corey Zelinkski won with a 26-inch fish, and the event…

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It’s starting to feel a lot like spring: Lake Erie marine forecast April 5-7

By Laura Johnston | April 4, 2019

Saturday looks spectacular: 50 degrees and sunny, with little wind. Friday and Sunday have chances of rain, but at least the air is warming up on this first weekend of April. The Lake Erie water temperature is 41 off Toledo and 39 off Cleveland. See the full National Weather Service marine forecast, from Avon Pointe…

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Foundry kicks off high school sailing season

By Laura Johnston | April 3, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Foundry is kicking off the 2019 high school sailing season with a clinic Saturday and a regatta Sunday at the old Coast Guard Station on Whiskey Island. The sailing clinic at the community sailing center expects nearly 80 athletes — from Michigan, Sandusky, Toledo and Columbus, as well as all the…

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Mark your calendars for 10 can’t-miss festivals on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | April 3, 2019

It’s going to be one heck of a summer on Ohio’s north coast! We’re celebrating a burning river and Tall Ships, plus walleye and lighthouses and the beaches that transform Ohio to a vacation destination. Find your favorites and make your plans at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Wet suits, dry suits and scuba diving in Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | November 29, 2017 | Comments Off on Wet suits, dry suits and scuba diving in Lake Erie

Most Lake Erie divers don’t start with the frigid, murky waters of a Great Lake. They take scuba lessons specifically to go on vacation somewhere tropical — with warm, clear water. They fall in love with the sport and can’t wait to get back underwater, even in Cleveland. “The ones who dive the lake, they’re…

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Cleveland to paint red safety zones on Cuyahoga River — and ticket for docking there

By Laura Johnston | November 28, 2017 | Comments Off on Cleveland to paint red safety zones on Cuyahoga River — and ticket for docking there

The city of Cleveland plans to paint 10 sections of bulkheads in the increasingly busy Cuyahoga River red, with “No Docking” signs to keep boaters from tying up there. The longest safety zone is along the revitalized Flats East Bank, a 600-foot stretch from Alley Cat Oyster Bar north to the Norfolk Southern Bridge. Parking…

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Bratenahl house with a pool: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | November 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Bratenahl house with a pool: Lake Erie House of the Week

This six-bedroom, $1.25 million Bratenahl home has a third floor ballroom and a backyard pool overlooking Lake Erie. The 1912-built home on Lake Shore Drive sits on nearly an acre. The commercial-grade kitchen includes a Vulcan stove and Traulsen fridge. And it’s minutes to downtown Cleveland.  The house is listed by Linda Musarra of Chestnut…

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See Cleveland’s iconic Goodtime III out of the water

By Laura Johnston | November 24, 2017 | Comments Off on See Cleveland’s iconic Goodtime III out of the water

The Goodtime III is a staple on Cleveland’s lakefront. But this fall, Great Lakes Ship Yard in Cleveland used a 770-ton mobile Travelift to haul the massive cruiser out of the water, as it is every five years, for inspection, painting and repairs. The 500-ton ship was built in 1990 in Jennings, Louisiana, by LeVac…

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6 reasons I’m thankful for Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | November 23, 2017 | Comments Off on 6 reasons I’m thankful for Lake Erie

This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for Lake Erie. For the access to water, not only to drink (though that’s becoming increasingly obviously important), but also to swim in and play on and watch sunsets by. I tell my out-of-town friends that in Cleveland that we get the best of the big city – professional sports, Broadway…

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19 Lake Erie gifts handmade by Northeast Ohio artists

By Laura Johnston | November 22, 2017 | Comments Off on 19 Lake Erie gifts handmade by Northeast Ohio artists

Local Artistree wasn’t intended to be a Lake Erie shop. But the Rocky River artist collective is stuffed with handmade treasures celebrating the lake we love. Artists set their own prices and bring their work, which just happens to showcase lighthouses, driftwood, beach glass and boats. “I think the locations warrants it,” said co-owner Chris…

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A traditional Thanksgiving Day sail on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | November 21, 2017 | Comments Off on A traditional Thanksgiving Day sail on Lake Erie

Forget running a turkey trot on Thanksgiving. Every year since at least the 1980s, Rob Morley has celebrated the holiday with morning sail, maybe out to the Cleveland Water crib and back. (They call it a “crib-bean cruise.”) “It’s going to be lousy and snowing probably,” said Morley, “If the weather’s really bad, I don’t…

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Edgewater Drive in Lakewood: Lake Erie house of the week

By Laura Johnston | November 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Edgewater Drive in Lakewood: Lake Erie house of the week

Live the splendor of the Jazz Age in this five-bedroom, 4,400-square-foot home on Edgewater Drive in Lakewood. The house sits on two-thirds of an acre on Lake Erie. It has 3 1/2 baths, five bedrooms, a third floor office and a fireplace in the master suite. And it features restored mahogany woodwork, leaded glass detailing,…

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Midwest college sailors race in Cleveland harbor championships

By Laura Johnston | November 18, 2017 | Comments Off on Midwest college sailors race in Cleveland harbor championships

The horn blasts, and the sailors are off, racing off the shore of Whiskey Island. Their tiny 420 dinghies tack in the cold November rain, sometimes narrowly missing each other. Around the buoy and back, twice, marked each race in the Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association’s fall championships, based at the Old Coast Guard Station.  Eight…

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Cleaning up the beach: The lure of Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | November 17, 2017 | Comments Off on Cleaning up the beach: The lure of Lake Erie

For two days, the women worked, picking up trash in the weak sunlight and cold winds of November. They found plastic tampons, syringes, used condoms, fast food cups, straws and cigar tips — so many cigar tips. They found a pacifier, deodorant, a rubber duck, three dead rats, lighters, the remnants of a plastic chair.…

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