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Steelhead starting: Ohio Lake Erie fish report Sept. 13

By Laura Johnston | September 12, 2019

Kick off the steelhead season with the annual Steelhead Expo at the Rocky River Nature Center on Saturday, Sept. 21.  The Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders and Cleveland Metroparks will host the free day of expert speakers and seminars, vendors, and more. OCBS, a non-profit sportman’s group, is offering a raffle as a fundraiser. Early steelhead…

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Sunny and 70s: Ohio Lake Erie marine forecast Sept. 13-15

By Laura Johnston | September 12, 2019

Lake Erie has a small craft advisory through tonight. But this weekend is looking grand for one last hit of summer — especially if you’re taking a spin at the Progressive North Coast Boat Show. See the full National Weather Service forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick. And enjoy the weekend! Today: North-northwest wind 8…

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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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Where to camp on Lake Erie shores

By Laura Johnston | September 10, 2019

Want to fall asleep under the stars, listening to the waves on Lake Erie? What you need is a tent and a campground. And thankfully, we found 10 along the Ohio coast — including spots on Put-in-Bay, Kelleys Island and Middle Bass Island. Check out 10 state parks and private campgrounds at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Chagrin River wins $200,000 grant to stabilize banks

By Laura Johnston | September 9, 2019

The Great Lakes Commission on Monday announced $2.2 million in grants to reduce the runoff of sediment, nutrients, and other pollutants into the Great Lakes. That includes $200,000 for bank stabilization on the Chagrin River, which runs into Lake Erie. Grant recipients will use the funding to install controls or add practices that limit sediment or nutrient…

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Demo boats at Progressive North Coast Harbor Boat Show

By Laura Johnston | September 5, 2019

Summer may be over, but you’ve still got a chance to enjoy Lake Erie at Cleveland’s only in-water, free boat show, the Progressive North Coast Harbor Boat Show. Nearly 100 boats — from small fishing craft to luxury motor yachts — will be open for boarding and demonstration rides. You can also try a one-hour,…

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How students can win a $1,000 scholarship from the Walleye Fall Brawl

By Laura Johnston | September 5, 2019

High school students who love to fish could win $1,000 scholarships from the Walleye Fall Brawl. The scholarships will be awarded by the Fall Brawl to one girl and one boy, who write 500-750 words on “why they enjoy fishing and how they may help improve the activity in the future.” Entries are due Nov.…

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Ohio Lake Erie Labor Day weekend fish report

By Laura Johnston | August 28, 2019

It’s the unofficial last weekend of summer, which means fall fishing is just heating up. The Lake Erie water temperature is 74 off Toledo and 74 off Cleveland, according to the nearshore marine forecast. And the lake is full of walleye, perch and smallmouth bass. Here’s the Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report. Western Basin…

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Beyond rock painting: 6 ways to get your arts fix at Lakeside Chautauqua

By Laura Johnston | July 22, 2019

Art ties the summer — and families — together at Lakeside Chautauqua. Classes include painting, dancing, music and more for all ages, at just about any time of day. You can even make soap to take home for Christmas gifts. See how you can get involved at the private community on Lake Erie, with the…

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Volunteer paddlers needed to help with triathlon

By Laura Johnston | July 18, 2019

Want to help Cleveland host the USA Triathlon Age-Group championships? Experienced kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders are needed for water safety teams, to help keep racers safe during the swim portion of the triathlon at Edgewater Beach. The events take place Aug. 9-11. Sign up below, and mark your calendars for a pre-event training session on…

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What’s biting on Lake Erie? Nov. 10-12 fishing report

By Laura Johnston | November 10, 2017 | Comments Off on What’s biting on Lake Erie? Nov. 10-12 fishing report

Want to know where and what to fish for? In his weekly Cleveland Metroparks fishing report, aquatic biologist Mike Durklec says the walleye night bite is “good and getting even better.”  While white bass and yellow perch fishing are slow lately, anglers can catch walleye from the shore by casting stickbaits and glow-in-the-dark spoons. Anglers…

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What the heck is Lake Erie’s dead zone?

By Laura Johnston | November 10, 2017 | Comments Off on What the heck is Lake Erie’s dead zone?

It sounds like a horror movie: the dead zone. But it happens every year in the central basin of Lake Erie, when warmer water stratifies from the colder water below and the oxygen gets used up by decaying organisms. Fish flee because the water has too little oxygen for them to survive. Organisms that can’t…

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Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 9-12

By Kelly Reardon | November 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 9-12

For the full forecast in other Lake Erie zones, head to the National Weather Service’s marine forecast page to click on your specific area of interest. Still got your boat in the water? Get prepped for the possibility of lake-effect snow Friday, with some high waves resulting from strong winds, triggering a small craft advisory until 5…

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Photographer Dave Sandford: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | November 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Photographer Dave Sandford: Erie Interviews

Meet Dave Sandford, whose photos of monster waves capture the awe of Lake Erie. The Canadian shoots photos for the NBA and NHL, and he travels the world taking photos of wildlife and nature. Next up is Churchill, Manitoba, where he hopes to capture polar bears before they take off on ice in Hudson’s Bay.…

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What ships are sailing into the Port of Cleveland this month?

By Laura Johnston | November 8, 2017 | Comments Off on What ships are sailing into the Port of Cleveland this month?

On the lookout for salties? Here are the European ships expected in the Port of Cleveland this month: Nov. 9: Fagelgracht, carrying containers, from Antwerp, Belgium Nov. 10: Albanyborg, carrying general cargo from Hamburg, Germany Nov. 12: Eeborg, carrying steel, from Ijmuiden, Netherlands Nov. 14: Drawsco, carrying coils/skids, from Ijmuiden, Netherlands Nov. 15: Federal Margaree,…

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See Lake Erie’s shipwrecks, from dry land

By Laura Johnston | November 8, 2017 | Comments Off on See Lake Erie’s shipwrecks, from dry land

The tugboat Admiral set out from Cleveland on Dec. 2, 1942, towing the tanker barge Cleveco, with a million gallons of wartime fuel oil, on Lake Erie. A fierce winter gale sunk both ships off the Ohio coast, killing all of the Admiral’s crew of 14 and Cleveco’s crew of 18, and spilling all of…

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USS Cod commemorates Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor

By Laura Johnston | November 7, 2017 | Comments Off on USS Cod commemorates Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor

USS Cod, the World War II submarine in North Coast Harbor, aims to be “the place where Cleveland honors veterans.” The 75-year-old Gato-class submarine, which went on seven patrols in the Pacific Ocean during World War II, remains open than later this year, with Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through Nov. 25. This Saturday, Nov. 11,…

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See Phase 1 of renovations to Cleveland’s Old Coast Guard Station

By Laura Johnston | November 7, 2017 | Comments Off on See Phase 1 of renovations to Cleveland’s Old Coast Guard Station

  The view from here is 360-degree gorgeous. Downtown rises from the south. Lake Erie beckons to the north. To the east is the Cuyahoga River, and the west the massive lakers of the Port of Cleveland And all around us, the gleaming white curves of the 1940-built Coast Guard station. And it is gleaming…

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It’s cold weather season on the Great Lakes: How to prepare

By Laura Johnston | November 6, 2017 | Comments Off on It’s cold weather season on the Great Lakes: How to prepare

The water temperature in Lake Erie has dropped to the 50s. The temperature at Cleveland’s water intake crib was 57 degrees Monday. Which means even if the air is warm and you’re feeling brave enough to head out on the lake for one last fall jaunt, be prepared. If you fall in the water, hypothermia…

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Bratenahl mansion: Lake Erie house of the week

By Laura Johnston | November 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Bratenahl mansion: Lake Erie house of the week

In the market for a lakefront mansion for less than $1 million? You can buy a six-bedroom, century-old home in Bratenahl designed by iconic Cleveland firm Meade & Hamilton for $995,000. The house, on 1.3 acres on Lake Erie’s shore, features three full bathrooms, original hardwood floors, wood-paneled library, sun porch, custom-renovated kitchen, master suite…

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