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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 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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