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Boston Whaler Vantage 270: Introducing the Lake Erie boat of the week

By Laura Johnston | March 19, 2019

SANDUSKY, Ohio — The Boston Whaler Vantage 270 can do anything. That’s why Clemons Boats calls the model the “Swiss Army Knife” of boats. It retails for $230,000 or less, depending on amenities. And Clemons has two of them for sale. Check out all the details at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Cuyahoga River is clean enough that the fish are safe enough to eat

By Laura Johnston | March 18, 2019

The Ohio EPA has declared fish in the Cuyahoga River as safe as those in offshore Lake Erie. That’s the third impairment lifted from the Great Lakes Area of Concern covering the river, 21 creeks and 10 miles of Lake Erie shoreline since 2017. Read the good news on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Land bridge could link Cleveland Mall to Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | March 18, 2019

Imagine green space stretching from Public Square, all the way to Lake Erie. Under a proposal by the Green Ribbon Coalition, a 5.5-acre land bridge would extend the Mall over the train tracks and Shoreway, giving Clevelanders access to the lake. There’s even an all-weather walkway included. Check out the full story on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Port Clinton fish fests named among nation’s best

By Laura Johnston | March 15, 2019

Only in Port Clinton does a giant fiberglass walleye fall from the sky to welcome a new year. Which is why the Lake Erie city was named to Fishingbooker.com’s best fishing festivals list. The Walleye Festival over Memorial Day weekend also contributed to Port Clinton’s spot among seven festivals across the United States. See the…

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29 cruise ships docking in Cleveland in 2019

By Laura Johnston | March 14, 2019

They start arriving in May, big Victory cruise ships with nearly 200 passengers disembarking in Cleveland. This year, 29 cruise ships are scheduled to dock at the Port of Cleveland between May and October. That’s up from nine in 2017 and 19 last year. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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See the 6 Erie Series paddle races for 2019

By Laura Johnston | March 13, 2019

On your mark, get set, race! Nalu Stand-up Paddle & Surf is organizing six SUP races this summer, all with a family-friendly festival vibe. Most of the events include canoes and kayaks. So mark your calendars! See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Float the Cuyahoga River this summer for $20

By Laura Johnston | March 13, 2019

Take a trip south of Cleveland for a tubing trip down the Cuyahoga River. You can take a 2 1/2 ride from Waterworks Park for $20 — plus $10 if you want a cooler tube. That includes a shuttle back to your car. Kids as young as 5 can ride. Just make sure to wear…

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Own a spot in Lakeside Chautauqua: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | March 12, 2019

Dream of spending the summer — every summer — at Lakeside Chautauqua? The private, idyllic Lake Erie community has a few homes for sale, and RocktheLake is featuring two of them with water views. Take a look at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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The City of Erie beat the Tashmoo in the grandest steamboat race on the Great Lakes

By Laura Johnston | March 12, 2019

Newspaper accounts call it the grandest steamship race in maritime history. And it started in Cleveland. Two Michigan-built passenger steamships, the City of Erie and the Tashmoo, raced 94 miles from Cleveland to Erie, Pennsylvania, with thousands of people cheering and more than $100,000 in bets. See the full story on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Who won the RocktheLake Winter Beach photo contest?

By Laura Johnston | March 6, 2019

Congratulations to Aprell Burkey of Painesville, who took first place in the RocktheLake Winter Beach photo contest. She garnered more than 25 percent of the vote. Brenda Traffis of Concord Township finished second in the popular vote, and Sharon Wolff finished third. Read all about them, and their tips for amateur photographers, on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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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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Perkins Beach to get new jetties

By Laura Johnston | September 22, 2017 | Comments Off on Perkins Beach to get new jetties

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland Metroparks have closed Perkins Beach on the west side of Edgewater Park, while crews remove five 1940s-era jetties and build three new ones. The $446,000 project should be done by late November. The work has been on a to-do list since the Cleveland Metroparks took over the lakefront park from state control in…

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Lake Erie Coastal Byway

By Laura Johnston | September 22, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Erie Coastal Byway

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Driving along Lake Erie? You can find more than 300 activities along 293 miles of Ohio’s north shore with the new Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail mobile app. The app, paid for with $25,000 of federal scenic byway funding, is overseen by the Erie Regional Planning Commission and the  Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, which…

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Author Dan Egan: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | September 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Author Dan Egan: Erie Interviews

Meet Dan Egan, whose book “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” is absolutely riveting. It had me spouting fascinating facts like nothing I’ve read since Robert Caro’s “The Power Broker,” about how planner Robert Moses shaped New York. I chatted with Egan, a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reporter who has covered the lakes for a…

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