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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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What’s biting on Lake Erie? Fish report for Dec. 8

By Laura Johnston | December 8, 2017 | Comments Off on What’s biting on Lake Erie? Fish report for Dec. 8

Winter, and the fishing is still great in Cleveland. It’s been a big season for walleye and steelhead, reports Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec in his weekly fishing report. Prospects remain good as the weather gets colder. Steelhead are plentiful throughout the Rocky River and into North Chagrin Reservation on the Chagrin River, Durkalec…

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Building ships from beach junk: The lure of Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | December 8, 2017 | Comments Off on Building ships from beach junk: The lure of Lake Erie

“Not bad,” says David Mull, examining a beat-up piece of green plastic on a private beach. “We’ll find a use for it.” Mull finds the beach junk first and a use for it later. His winterized cottage in Madison Township is stuffed with just about anything discarded or washed up on the Lake Erie shore.…

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Lake Erie marine forecast: Dec. 8-10

By Kelly Reardon | December 7, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Erie marine forecast: Dec. 8-10

Lake Erie is bringing the east side of Cleveland its first taste of lake-effect snow this weekend. And until about 10 a.m. Saturday, the lake will be kicking up some big waves. (Anyone going out surfing?) Anglers with smaller water craft will want to stay within the breakwall until 10 a.m., as winds from 15…

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3 Cleveland guys making customizable sunglasses: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | December 7, 2017 | Comments Off on 3 Cleveland guys making customizable sunglasses: Erie Interviews

If you’re on Lake Erie, you need sunglasses. And three Cleveland guys want to sell you their unique pairs, with interchangeable frames, polarized lenses and 16 different colors of arms. Meet Chris Piazza, Brian Schultz and Stan Rothschild. Piazza, of Painesville, came up with the idea for Escher Sunglasses in 2015. His cousin, Schultz, joined…

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Miller Boat Lines adding new ferry to Erie islands

By Laura Johnston | December 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Miller Boat Lines adding new ferry to Erie islands

Miller Boat Line is adding a $7 million passenger/vehicle ferry to the Lake Erie Islands. The ferry will be about 140 feet long and carry up to 26 vehicles and 600 passengers. “Special attention was given to design a vessel that enhances onboard passenger comfort and improve the loading and discharge times of both vehicles…

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Where to run along Lake Erie in Cleveland? 5 routes to try

By Laura Johnston | December 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Where to run along Lake Erie in Cleveland? 5 routes to try

You can’t swim year-round in Lake Erie. But put on a hat and some fleece tights, and you can run along the shore in any type of Cleveland weather. Here are five of my favorite running routes, where you can get inspired by the water. Edgewater Park The loop around Edgewater Park, circling from the…

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Lake Erie holiday gift guide 2017

By Laura Johnston | December 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Erie holiday gift guide 2017

What to get the Lake Erie lover on your holiday gift list? Honestly, if it says Lake Erie on it, or if it psyches us up for getting out on the water, we’ll like it — even if we can’t use it for months. We featured a trove of gifts handmade by Northeast Ohio artists.…

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Who won the 2017 Lake Erie Fall Brawl?

By Laura Johnston | December 4, 2017 | Comments Off on Who won the 2017 Lake Erie Fall Brawl?

The 2017 Lake Erie Fall Brawl results are in. And, pending polygraph exams, Matthew Branigan is taking top honors with his nearly 15-pound walleye. See the video of brawlers out on Friday in the Cleveland harbor. Branigan’s 14.97-pound catch is the largest caught in the seven years of the brawl. “That’s probably going to be…

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Lorain man catches record, 27-pound lake trout in Fall Brawl

By Laura Johnston | December 4, 2017 | Comments Off on Lorain man catches record, 27-pound lake trout in Fall Brawl

Jim Beres was fishing for walleye, trying to win a boat in the Lake Erie Fall Brawl. He caught Ohio’s record-biggest lake trout instead. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is headed to Sheffield Lake today, to examine the trout and verify the new record, at 26.63 pounds and 38 inches. “We didn’t even know…

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Cedar Point with a putting green: Lake Erie house of the week

By Laura Johnston | December 3, 2017 | Comments Off on Cedar Point with a putting green: Lake Erie house of the week

This 6,000-square-foot home on Cedar Point Road looks out on to Lake Erie from the front and the back. Plus, it has a ballroom and a putting green. The $1.5 million property in Sandusky includes three-quarters of an acre. The 3-bedroom, 6-bathroom house was custom built in 2007 by Poulos & Schmid architects and Seitz…

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