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Sandusky booming for residents, tourists: See the big downtown developments

By Laura Johnston | May 16, 2019

Sandusky just celebrated its bicentennial. And the capital of Lake Erie vacationland is planning its future. For the full story, see cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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What not to do on the Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | May 15, 2019

We get it. The Cuyahoga River is pure joy on a sunny summer day, a smooth spot for cruising, whether you’re on a jet ski, kayak or stand-up paddleboard. But the river is still a federal shipping channel. And those giant freighters have very little room to maneuver. So play it safe. Here’s what not…

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2019 Lake Erie harmful algal bloom predicted to be worse than last year

By Laura Johnston | May 15, 2019

Bad news for Lake Erie lovers — especially in the western basin. An early prediction says the annual harmful algal bloom will be worse this year than last. That’s because of heavy rain in April. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Help restore the Putzfrau that cleaned the Cuyahoga

By Laura Johnston | May 14, 2019

When the Cuyahoga River was an open sewer, choked with oil and trash and sewage, the Putzfrau cleaned it up. In a 16-hour day, the Putzfrau could pick up 100 cubic yards of debris and 15,000 gallons of oil. Now, to celebrate 50 years of the river’s recovery, advocates want to restore the boat. See…

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Lake Erie could break record high levels

By Laura Johnston | May 7, 2019

You’re not imagining it — Lake Erie is as high as it’s ever been in May. The lake started the month above the record May average, set in 1986. And according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it could break the all-time record high monthly average in June. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Bay Village mansion is three doors from Huntington Beach: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | May 6, 2019

Dream of a beach lifestyle in suburban Cleveland? Check out this $1.2 million brick home in Bay Village, a short walk from Cleveland Metroparks’ Huntington Beach. It has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a lot of high-end touches. See the whole house cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Introducing the Picton Castle: Tall Ships Cleveland

By Laura Johnston | May 3, 2019

The Picton Castle, a barque that sails under a Cook Islands flag and calls Nova Scotia home, is headed to Cleveland. After the three-masted ship finishes its seventh world voyage, anyway. We’re counting down the 10 weeks to the Cleveland Tall Ships Festival with details of the 10 ships that will dock at North Coast…

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How to buy a boat launch pass from Cleveland Metroparks

By Laura Johnston | May 2, 2019

If you’re launching your boat at a Cleveland Metroparks ramp this summer, you need to buy a pass. The passes are good for any Metroparks boat ramp, through December 2019. The passes will be available online soon. Meanwhile, you can buy annual passes for $30 at Edgewater Beach House, East 55th Street Marina and Wildwood…

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Free fishing weekend! Lake Erie fish report May 3-5

By Laura Johnston | May 2, 2019

Fish for free anywhere in Ohio May 4-5, in the annual free fishing weekend. “Ohio has world-class fishing, and our free fishing weekend is a great opportunity to experience what the state has to offer,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said in a news release. “I invite Ohioans to take some time to get outside with…

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Lakeside Chautauqua plans performing arts, welcome centers

By Laura Johnston | April 29, 2019

The venerable Lakeside Chautauqua is making big plans for its future, including a new welcome center and museum at its entrance on the Marblehead peninsula, a performing arts center in a shuttered school and a better connection to Lake Erie. See what’s included in Lakeside’s master plan on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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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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Steelhead bite strong on Lake Erie shore

By Laura Johnston | November 2, 2017 | Comments Off on Steelhead bite strong on Lake Erie shore

Looking to catch some steelhead trout? When Lake Erie’s waves calm, the steelhead bite has been strong very good along the Cleveland lakefront, says Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec. While steady rain has made it tougher to catch steelhead in the rivers, “the fall run is just gaining momentum with the increase in flows…

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Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 3-5

By Laura Johnston | November 2, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 3-5

It’s definitely November. If you’ve got a roof on your boat, then you should still be able to get some time on the water as winds and waves Friday through Monday are looking relatively calm. But rain is possible each day from Friday to Monday, though you should get a brief dry period from late…

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Goodtime III Capt. Jordan Kit: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | November 2, 2017 | Comments Off on Goodtime III Capt. Jordan Kit: Erie Interviews

Meet Jordan Kit, at 26 the youngest captain of the Goodtime III in the company’s nearly 60-year history. Kit pilots the 500-ton, 1,000-passenger ship through the Cleveland Harbor, under bridges and around freighters on the Cuyahoga River, for as often as four two-hour tours a day.   That wasn’t his original plan. As an international…

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Traci Lynn Martin just hit Cleveland, in her goal to circumnavigate all 5 Great Lakes in 1 year

By Laura Johnston | November 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Traci Lynn Martin just hit Cleveland, in her goal to circumnavigate all 5 Great Lakes in 1 year

Traci Lynn Martin has been paddling since March, aiming to set a world record by circumnavigating all five Great Lakes in one year. Martin, a 50-year-old competitive endurance kayaker who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, wakes up each day feeling like she’s been hit by a train. But she keeps paddling her surf ski kayak. So…

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