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Sunny but brisk: Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 14-16

By Laura Johnston | November 14, 2019

Sunshine is on the way for the weekend, along with slightly warmer temperatures. Here’s the full National Weather Service marine forecast for Avon Point to Willowick. Friday: West-southwest wind 13 to 15 knots becoming west-northwest in the afternoon. Partly sunny. Waves 3 to 4 feet. High of 39. Friday night: NW wind 13 to 17…

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Make a marine debris public service announcement and win Cedar Point tickets

By Laura Johnston | November 5, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio high school students can win a field trip to Stone Lab on Gibraltar Island and tickets to Cedar Point, by creating a public service video on the dangers of marine debris in the Great Lakes. The contest, in its fourth year, is run by Ohio Sea Grant and the National Oceanic…

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See the Walleye Fall Brawl payouts

By Laura Johnston | October 23, 2019

Nearly 8,000 anglers are competing in the 2020 Walleye Fall Brawl, the most ever in the 10th annual fishing derby. All those competitors make for the biggest prizes in the history of the brawl. Warrior V208 boat, worth about $100,000 HewesCraft 210 Sea Runner boat, worth about $75,000 $45,000 $35,000 $25,000 Kids Division, 15 and…

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Time for the Walleye Fall Brawl! Ohio Lake Erie fish report

By Laura Johnston | October 17, 2019

The 10th annual Walleye Fall Brawl starts Friday! And we’ve got lots of fall fishing to look forward to. In fall, steelhead trout are the highlight in the Rocky and Chagrin rivers, says Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec.  The rain in local streams will entice more steelhead to enter the northern portions of the watersheds, Durkalec…

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See photos from the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival

By Laura Johnston | October 16, 2019

An annual highlight of autumn, the Lakeside Marblehead Lighthouse Festival welcomed thousands of visitors into the community of Lakeside Chautauqua for children’s games, pumpkin decorating, arts & crafts vendors, a farmers’ market and even a clambake dinner. Down the road, the Marblehead Lighthouse was open for visitors to climb. The sun was out Saturday, despite…

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See the Song of the Whales restoration, Cuyahoga River water trail designation

By Laura Johnston | October 9, 2019

Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River have had a big year, celebrating 50 years of resurgence since the final river fire. Check out two recent celebrations of that work, in videos from West Creek Conservancy’s Peter Bode. Above, artist Wyland touches up his Song of the Whales mural on the Cleveland Public Power building. (Find…

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Catch the biggest steelhead in Ohio and win gear

By Laura Johnston | October 4, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Fishing Co. is teaming up with former Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas on a contest to catch the biggest steelhead in Ohio. The winner will receive a Cleveland Fishing Co. hat, beanie, hoodie, T-shirt, and mystery item autographed by Thomas. Brian Tigue launched his company in April with hats, T-shirts,…

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Walleye still biting: Lake Erie fish report Oct. 4

By Laura Johnston | October 3, 2019

Lake Erie walleye are still biting, and anglers are signing up for the annual Walleye Fall Brawl, which starts Oct. 16. See the full Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report. Western Basin Walleye  Where: Walleye fishing remains consistent with limits of smaller fish being reported near Locust and Cone reefs. Fishing continues to be good…

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Clouds like waves over Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | September 30, 2019

The waves on Saturday formed over a calm Lake Erie. The curved swells of clouds are actually a type called Kelvin-Helmholtz. And they denote instability in the atmosphere. Did you spot them at all? Take a look at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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See the 2019 Lake Erie winning photos

By Laura Johnston | September 26, 2019

From a rainbow of Adirondack chairs to a kitesurfer on a massive wave, the winners of the Life on Lake Erie photo contest are astounding. Ohio’s Lake Erie Commission runs the contest each year. Check out the winners here: https://www.lakeerie.ohio.gov/PublicOutreach/LifeonLakeEriePhotoContest.aspx And check out the winners of RocktheLake’s 2018 Summer Solstice Sunset photo contest below:

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The myth of Bessie, the Lake Erie monster: Remember When

By Laura Johnston | December 27, 2017 | Comments Off on The myth of Bessie, the Lake Erie monster: Remember When

The Lake Erie monster’s name is Bessie. And according to legend, she’s the mutation of missing Lorain cows, in 1894. Unless you believe she’s a 25-foot serpent swimming around the Lake Erie Islands. The Loch Ness-like legend has spawned the name of a minor league hockey team (but not a mascot, oddly), a comic books…

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What lake gear did you get for Christmas?

By Laura Johnston | December 26, 2017 | Comments Off on What lake gear did you get for Christmas?

I got the Great Lakes map tote at the top of my Christmas wish list. What about you? Anglers, did you find a fishing lure in your stocking, or a new rod under the tree? Boaters, did you get a fun new tube to pull, or a handy cooler for days out on the water?…

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Pick the best boat name on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | December 26, 2017 | Comments Off on Pick the best boat name on Lake Erie

What’s the best boat name in Lake Erie? RocktheLake got about two dozen submissions in our first ever contest. We removed the dirty words and focused on our favorite puns. The result: nine pretty Erie-sistable boat names as finalists, from Cedar Point Marina to Erie, Pennsylvania.  Boaters love puns — and double entendres. There was…

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The 12 Lake Erie Days of Christmas

By Laura Johnston | December 25, 2017 | Comments Off on The 12 Lake Erie Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, my lake love gave to me, a migration of snowy owls. On the second day of Christmas, my lake love gave to me, two live concert series… On the third day of Christmas, my lake love gave to me, three foot waves… On the fourth day of Christmas, my…

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Cleveland Metroparks lakefront park attendance jumps

By Laura Johnston | December 22, 2017 | Comments Off on Cleveland Metroparks lakefront park attendance jumps

In 2013, the year the state handed Cleveland Metroparks control of the city’s lakefront parks, 702,000 people visited Edgewater Beach. Last year, even before the cool Beach House was built, attendance jumped to 1.3 million — a big chunk of the 3.5 million visitors across the Metroparks lakefront parks, beaches and marinas. The total includes…

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Lake Erie forecast for the Christmas long weekend

By Kelly Reardon | December 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Erie forecast for the Christmas long weekend

Merry Christmas, Lake Erie lovers! A big swing in conditions is ahead for the lake over the long holiday weekend with warm, rainy days before a quick cooldown and a chance for a few fluffy white flakes just in time for Christmas. Stand-up paddleboarders, if you’re looking for a Christmas paddle, better get on the…

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Lakehouse Inn owner Karen Fagnilli: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | December 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Lakehouse Inn owner Karen Fagnilli: Erie Interviews

Meet Karen Fagnilli, owner of the Lakehouse Inn & Winery right on Lake Erie, in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio’s first summer resort. Fagnilli and her husband, Sam, bought the old summer hotel in 2000, and now the entire family runs the complex, which includes a winery, restaurant, cottages, event space, spa and butcher shop. There’s even a…

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Great Lakes Expo brought 7 million people to Lake Erie: Remember When

By Laura Johnston | December 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Great Lakes Expo brought 7 million people to Lake Erie: Remember When

  They built the Great Lakes Exposition in 80 days — 135 acres of exhibition halls, theaters and mouth-gaping spectacles on the shores of Lake Erie, to bolster Cleveland in the midst of the Great Depression. Community activist Frank J. Ryan and Public Hall Commissioner Lincoln Dickey dreamed up the idea, and showman Dudley S.…

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Beach glass artist Amy Lauria makes Christmas trees: The Lure of Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | December 19, 2017 | Comments Off on Beach glass artist Amy Lauria makes Christmas trees: The Lure of Lake Erie

Amy Lauria makes Christmas trees. Little green trees made of beach glass and big ones made with discarded metal and driftwood. White and aqua glass and different sized rocks — anything Lauria finds while walking on the beach. We featured Lauria on RocktheLake in September. We revisited Lauria in the midst of the holiday season…

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The perfect Lake Erie outing for your out-of-town guests

By Laura Johnston | December 19, 2017 | Comments Off on The perfect Lake Erie outing for your out-of-town guests

At the holidays, you’ve got all sorts of relatives visiting from out-of-town. So why not introduce them to Cleveland’s best asset? Here are a couple ideas to get you all out of the house and provide some family togetherness, all with a view of Lake Erie. Go on, show it off! If you’ve got a…

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