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See the new century-old Shipyards venue in Lorain

By Laura Johnston | January 15, 2020

The shipbuilding industry has left Lorain. But one last warehouse on the Black River remains. And its 25,000 square feet is being transformed into an events venue, restaurant and wine bar. Featuring exposed brick walls, lofty ceilings and massive windows looking onto the Black River and Lake Erie beyond, the venue is stunning industrial chic.…

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Take a ride on a tiki barge on the Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | January 14, 2020

Pretend you’re in the tropics by taking a tiki barge cruise on the Cuyahoga River this summer. The 30-foot-long pontoon boat will host 20 people on five two-hour cruises each day, beginning about 11 a.m. Guests can buy individual tickets for public cruises for about $40, plus fees and tax, or rent the entire boat…

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Lake Erie forecasted to be 80 percent ice covered

By Laura Johnston | January 14, 2020

Lake Erie is expected to reach 80% ice coverage by its peak in late February. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts a 47% freeze across all five Great Lakes, below the 55.7% long-term average but well above the 9.5% coverage in 2002, the lowest amount recorded since record keeping began in 1973. Lake Erie,…

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10 fun things to do at the Cleveland Boat Show

By Laura Johnston | January 14, 2020

The Progressive Cleveland Boat Show starts Thursday, the biggest in a decade. More than 450 boats will fill the I-X Center, which also offers a host of other activities. You can try scuba diving, get some fishing tips and groove to Put-in-Bay musicians. You can grab a beer and sip lobster bisque while admiring vintage…

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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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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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When do you haul out your boat?

By Laura Johnston | September 23, 2019

It’s officially fall, even if the weather is stuck in summer mode. So when do you plan to haul out your boat for the season? We’ve got lots of boating season left, from weekend cruises with the family to fishing during the Lake Erie Walleye Fall Brawl. The Cleveland Metroparks’ Emerald Necklace Marina removes its…

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Edgewater hosts J/70 North American sailing championship

By Laura Johnston | September 11, 2019

J/70 sailboats are coming from across North America to race at Edgewater Yacht Club Sept. 25-28. The club is hosting the North American championships, with the Cleveland (215) Regatta serving as a tune-up Sept. 20-22. “People don’t know they should be proud, the events we’re hosting, the regattas we’re competing in,” organizer Caroline Sundman said.…

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How to stand-up paddleboard safely

By Laura Johnston | December 28, 2017 | Comments Off on How to stand-up paddleboard safely

So you got a stand-up paddleboard for Christmas. Cool! Welcome to one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Did you get an inflatable or a hard board? SUP is great for newbies, since you can learn the basics in a few hours. About 1.2 million people tried the sport in 2011 alone and it…

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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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