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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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What the heck is Lake Erie’s dead zone?

By Laura Johnston | November 10, 2017 | Comments Off on What the heck is Lake Erie’s dead zone?

It sounds like a horror movie: the dead zone. But it happens every year in the central basin of Lake Erie, when warmer water stratifies from the colder water below and the oxygen gets used up by decaying organisms. Fish flee because the water has too little oxygen for them to survive. Organisms that can’t…

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Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 9-12

By Kelly Reardon | November 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 9-12

For the full forecast in other Lake Erie zones, head to the National Weather Service’s marine forecast page to click on your specific area of interest. Still got your boat in the water? Get prepped for the possibility of lake-effect snow Friday, with some high waves resulting from strong winds, triggering a small craft advisory until 5…

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Photographer Dave Sandford: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | November 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Photographer Dave Sandford: Erie Interviews

Meet Dave Sandford, whose photos of monster waves capture the awe of Lake Erie. The Canadian shoots photos for the NBA and NHL, and he travels the world taking photos of wildlife and nature. Next up is Churchill, Manitoba, where he hopes to capture polar bears before they take off on ice in Hudson’s Bay.…

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What ships are sailing into the Port of Cleveland this month?

By Laura Johnston | November 8, 2017 | Comments Off on What ships are sailing into the Port of Cleveland this month?

On the lookout for salties? Here are the European ships expected in the Port of Cleveland this month: Nov. 9: Fagelgracht, carrying containers, from Antwerp, Belgium Nov. 10: Albanyborg, carrying general cargo from Hamburg, Germany Nov. 12: Eeborg, carrying steel, from Ijmuiden, Netherlands Nov. 14: Drawsco, carrying coils/skids, from Ijmuiden, Netherlands Nov. 15: Federal Margaree,…

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See Lake Erie’s shipwrecks, from dry land

By Laura Johnston | November 8, 2017 | Comments Off on See Lake Erie’s shipwrecks, from dry land

The tugboat Admiral set out from Cleveland on Dec. 2, 1942, towing the tanker barge Cleveco, with a million gallons of wartime fuel oil, on Lake Erie. A fierce winter gale sunk both ships off the Ohio coast, killing all of the Admiral’s crew of 14 and Cleveco’s crew of 18, and spilling all of…

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USS Cod commemorates Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor

By Laura Johnston | November 7, 2017 | Comments Off on USS Cod commemorates Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor

USS Cod, the World War II submarine in North Coast Harbor, aims to be “the place where Cleveland honors veterans.” The 75-year-old Gato-class submarine, which went on seven patrols in the Pacific Ocean during World War II, remains open than later this year, with Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through Nov. 25. This Saturday, Nov. 11,…

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See Phase 1 of renovations to Cleveland’s Old Coast Guard Station

By Laura Johnston | November 7, 2017 | Comments Off on See Phase 1 of renovations to Cleveland’s Old Coast Guard Station

  The view from here is 360-degree gorgeous. Downtown rises from the south. Lake Erie beckons to the north. To the east is the Cuyahoga River, and the west the massive lakers of the Port of Cleveland And all around us, the gleaming white curves of the 1940-built Coast Guard station. And it is gleaming…

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It’s cold weather season on the Great Lakes: How to prepare

By Laura Johnston | November 6, 2017 | Comments Off on It’s cold weather season on the Great Lakes: How to prepare

The water temperature in Lake Erie has dropped to the 50s. The temperature at Cleveland’s water intake crib was 57 degrees Monday. Which means even if the air is warm and you’re feeling brave enough to head out on the lake for one last fall jaunt, be prepared. If you fall in the water, hypothermia…

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Bratenahl mansion: Lake Erie house of the week

By Laura Johnston | November 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Bratenahl mansion: Lake Erie house of the week

In the market for a lakefront mansion for less than $1 million? You can buy a six-bedroom, century-old home in Bratenahl designed by iconic Cleveland firm Meade & Hamilton for $995,000. The house, on 1.3 acres on Lake Erie’s shore, features three full bathrooms, original hardwood floors, wood-paneled library, sun porch, custom-renovated kitchen, master suite…

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Great Lakes Science Center could showcase Lake Erie during happy hours, Browns tailgates

By Laura Johnston | November 3, 2017 | Comments Off on Great Lakes Science Center could showcase Lake Erie during happy hours, Browns tailgates

Great Lakes Science Center is revamping its café. And it’s considering hosting happy hours and Cleveland Browns tailgate parties on its sprawling patio, with an impressive view of Lake Erie. The cent er already hosts plenty of weddings and private events. But it wants to attract the young professionals who live and work downtown –…

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