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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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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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Cedar Point contemporary: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | December 18, 2017 | Comments Off on Cedar Point contemporary: Lake Erie House of the Week

Walk across the street to the beach, or dock your boat in your backyard, with this $829,000, 4,500-square-foot contemporary on Cedar Point Road in Sandusky. The 1954-built house was completely remodeled in 1992. It has an open floor plan, big windows, two fire places, a marble floor in the dining room and updated appliances in…

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Counting down to the Mid-America Boat Show 2018

By Laura Johnston | December 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Counting down to the Mid-America Boat Show 2018

The first of 400 boats arrived Thursday to the I-X Center, in preparation for the 2018 Progressive Mid-America Boat Show, which takes place Jan. 18-21. Cleveland is Ohio’s oldest and largest boat show, and this year, since no outdoor show is Cleveland, the event will feature the Fish NOW Expo, with a 5,000-gallon aquarium on…

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Lake Erie Marine Forecast Dec. 14-17

By Laura Johnston | December 14, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Erie Marine Forecast Dec. 14-17

  Ice is starting to form along the beaches of Lake Erie. About 1.9 percent of the Great Lakes is now frozen, according to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. Those planning to spend some time on the lake this weekend better prepare for some fluffy white flakes. Friday and Saturday, widespread snow is expected…

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Lake Metroparks interpretive manager Andy Avram: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | December 14, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Metroparks interpretive manager Andy Avram: Erie Interviews

Meet Andy Avram, Lake Metroparks interpretive manager, who oversees programming in parks throughout Lake County. The park system has six properties on Lake Erie: Arcola Creek, Fairport Harbor, Lake Erie Bluffs, Lakefront Lodge, Lakeshore Reservation and Painesville Township Park. Last year, the park system opened a 50-foot tower at Lake Erie Bluffs, which 52,000 people…

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Hanging out at Cleveland’s White City Beach: Remember when

By Laura Johnston | December 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Hanging out at Cleveland’s White City Beach: Remember when

Everyone’s heard of Euclid Beach. But what about White City Beach? White City, an amusement park originally named Manhattan Beach, was for a half decade Euclid Beach’s neighbor and competitor, an amusement park with a roller coaster on Lake Erie. It was even operated by a former manager of Euclid Beach, William Ryan. The park…

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Transforming beach glass into heirloom jewelry

By Laura Johnston | December 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Transforming beach glass into heirloom jewelry

Laurie and Bud Vinch used to roam the beaches of Lakewood until the street lights came on, pocketing cool rocks and beach glass. For years, the siblings deposited their treasures in buckets and bins. And decades later, when their mom decided to sell their childhood home, the basement was stuffed with treasures. Laurie had so…

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Trying scuba diving — with Santa Claus

By Laura Johnston | December 11, 2017 | Comments Off on Trying scuba diving — with Santa Claus

So you’ve always wanted to try scuba diving? But you weren’t sure you wanted to commit hundreds of dollars and a couple weeks to getting certified? Just Add Water scuba shop in Fairview Park and Willoughby offers Try Diving courses, which include a short class and a few hours trying out the sport in the…

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Euclid oasis: Lake Erie house of the week

By Laura Johnston | December 11, 2017 | Comments Off on Euclid oasis: Lake Erie house of the week

Own your own lakefront oasis for $649,000. The 1981-built, 2,500-square-foot brick home in Euclid includes three bedrooms, three bathrooms and walk-out basement. It hsa a great room with wood-burning fireplace, an office, sunroom and master suite. The shoreline has been fully reinforced, and the property is nearly an acre, with a firepit. The house is…

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Santa Claus is coming to Lake Erie (on a SUP)

By Laura Johnston | December 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Santa Claus is coming to Lake Erie (on a SUP)

It’s never too cold to enjoy Lake Erie. The Foundry hosted a frostbite sail from the Old Cleveland Coast Guard this morning. And Nalu Stand-Up Paddle & Surf led a parade of reindeer, elves and snowmen around North Coast Harbor before the Browns game. And the U.S. Coast Guard rescued the safety boat… Wait, that…

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