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Where to rent a kayak, catch a cruise or dragon boat on the Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | June 20, 2019

Now that the Cuyahoga is clean, it’s a destination for recreation. If you have your own kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, here’s where to access the river at 16 public parks, from Geauga to Cleveland. If you don’t, we’ve got where to rent kayaks and canoes, learn how to row, or just take a cruise…

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Cool, sunny summer solstice: Lake Erie marine forecast June 21-23

By Laura Johnston | June 20, 2019

Summer officially starts Friday, with the summer solstice marking the longest day of the year. But it definitely won’t be the warmest, with a high of 64 degrees. The Lake Erie temperature is 63 degrees, according to the National Weather Service offshore forecast from Avon Point to Willowick. Friday: Northwest wind 7 to 10 knots.…

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Pick your favorite Lake Erie solution in ErieHack 2.0

By Laura Johnston | June 17, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio – A farm drainage tile that filters out phosphorus? A trash screen for storm sewers? An ultrasonic frequency that kills algae? You can vote on your favorite invention to clean up Lake Erie, as part of ErieHack 2.0. The Cleveland Water Alliances competition aims to find solutions to Lake Erie’s most pressing problems,…

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Cuyahoga River celebrates 50 years of rejuvenation

By Laura Johnston | June 17, 2019

Since the final Cuyahoga River fire in 1969, Cleveland has transformed the Cuyahoga River from cesspool to beach party. (Albeit a party that a freighter occasionally powers through.) Cleveland is celebrating that transformation all week, leading up to the official anniversary June 22. See a historical timeline of the Cuyahoga River and the original report…

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How the Foundry and Cleveland Rowing Foundation have changed Cleveland

By Laura Johnston | June 13, 2019

In 30 years on the Cuyahoga River, the Cleveland Rowing Foundation and Western Reserve Rowing Foundation have made rowing an institution in the city. Across the Columbus Road bridge, the two-year-old Foundry is using rowing and sailing to change the lives of city residents. See the story of both at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Rainy Father’s Day weekend: Lake Erie marine forecast June 14-16

By Laura Johnston | June 13, 2019

Happy Father’s Day! Sorry the weather won’t be in a celebratory mood. We’re looking at small craft advisory through 4 p.m. Friday, with gusts up to 35 knots and waves 4 to 7 feet. Saturday afternoon through Sunday are looking rainy, according to the National Weather Service. Here’s the marine forecast for Lake Erie, from…

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What Lake Erie’s record high water level looks like

By Laura Johnston | June 12, 2019

Docks are underwater. There’s no beach at Columbia Road Beach. With Lake Erie 33 inches higher than normal, we’re all seeing the effects. See a gallery of photos at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Sandusky named one of top fishing towns

By Laura Johnston | June 6, 2019

On top of winning USA Today’s No. 1 coastal city contest, Sandusky has been named one of the top seven fishing spots in the Great Lakes. Fishingbooker.com lauded the Lake Erie small town for its populous walley and perch, sheltered bay and ice fishing. “If you haven’t tried ice fishing before, just know that there are few…

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Lake Erie breaks all-time high-water record

By Laura Johnston | June 3, 2019

We’ve all seen the high water. Lake Erie has been creeping over roads and washing out docks. The Great Lake has officially toppled the U.S. Army Corps’ record high-water mark, set in 1986. See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

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Rocky River volunteer clean up: Ohio Lake Erie fish report May 31-June 2

By Laura Johnston | May 30, 2019

Help clean up the Rocky River on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m to noon, followed by a cookout.  The clean-up is an effort between caring citizens, Rocky River Watershed Council, Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, Earnest Machine, local groups and Cleveland Metroparks.  All are welcome at this family-friendly event, and please come dressed to possibly…

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Euclid plan would increase access along Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | October 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Euclid plan would increase access along Lake Erie

Euclid stretches over four miles of Lake Erie shoreline. But the city has only 600 feet of public access. Until next spring, anyway, when crews will break ground on a ¾-mile waterfront trail across private lots. Eventually, the city’s $30 million, 15-year vision calls for a second lakefront park to bookend the trail, with a…

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Cleveland boasts one of largest, oldest fleets of Highlanders in the country

By Laura Johnston | October 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Cleveland boasts one of largest, oldest fleets of Highlanders in the country

The Highlander sailboat was conceived in Vermilion and created in Fairport Harbor. Sixty-seven years later, one of the country’s oldest and largest fleets of Highlanders calls Cleveland home. About 20 of the 20-foot dinghies sit on trailers on the grassy gravel at Whiskey Island. The oldest here was built in the ‘60s, the newest this century, said…

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Hear the voice of Lake Erie in Margaret Brouwer’s new musical

By Laura Johnston | October 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Hear the voice of Lake Erie in Margaret Brouwer’s new musical

Composer Margaret Brouwer is giving Lake Erie a voice. Brouwer, a Cleveland Heights-based Guggenheim Fellow, has loved the lake since childhood summers spent at a cottage in Huron. But she’s become increasingly worried about the lake’s health – the slimy green algae blooms spreading from the Maumee River, the longtime grudge over sludge in the Cuyahoga River, the…

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Whiskey Island manager Tim Poole: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | October 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Whiskey Island manager Tim Poole: Erie Interviews

Meet Tim Poole, who manages Whiskey Island Still & Eatery for FDL Marine Services, which leases the marina and restaurant from the Cleveland Metroparks. Whiskey Island lets Clevelanders feel like they’re at “a resort five minutes from home,” says Poole, who’s been managing since 2006, when the land was owned by Cuyahoga County. From May 1 through…

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10 public boat launches near Cleveland

By Laura Johnston | October 4, 2017 | Comments Off on 10 public boat launches near Cleveland

Cuyahoga County has nearly a dozen private marinas and yacht clubs, but only four free, public boat ramps along its 30 miles of Lake Erie shoreline. “They’re few and far between for some reason,” said August J. Schill III, assistant marina manager for the Cleveland Metroparks. “They’re the ramps that were put in early in…

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3 Trackers lets kids with disabilities cruise the water

By Laura Johnston | October 3, 2017 | Comments Off on 3 Trackers lets kids with disabilities cruise the water

Richie Montgomery lounged in a kayak, chattering happily as the boat skimmed in and out of the sunlight on the Rocky River. “He loves it,” said his mom, Charisse Montgomery, of Euclid, who took photos from the dock. “He’s looking so cool and laid back.” Kayaking was a first for 6-year-old Richie, who usually gets…

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The romance of beach glass

By Laura Johnston | October 2, 2017 | Comments Off on The romance of beach glass

I walk head down, eyes roving, searching for a glint of green, a flash of sapphire blue. The waves lick my toes; the sand caresses my soles. And every so often I look out at that view(!) of water and sky, and all is right with the world. Collecting beach glass (or sea glass, if…

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Lake Lingo: Words you should know

By Laura Johnston | September 29, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Lingo: Words you should know

Want to sound Great Lakes smart? Here’s a list of words, incorporating sport and scientific terms, we’ll add to daily. So that you don’t look clueless when, for instance, someone calls a boat a “salty.” Nov. 8: Maritime: Another word meaning of or related to the sea. But this one you’ve actually heard of. Nov.…

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How cool are the freighters at the Port of Cleveland

By Laura Johnston | September 29, 2017 | Comments Off on How cool are the freighters at the Port of Cleveland

Every day, they glide into the Port of Cleveland: giant freighters that bow-to-stern stand as tall as the Terminal Tower. There’s no schedule for most of these ships, called lakers because they’re too big to leave the Great Lakes. The salties, so named for ocean saltwater, are thinner and arrive about 10 times a month.…

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Lorain County dreams big for lakefront cities

By Laura Johnston | September 28, 2017 | Comments Off on Lorain County dreams big for lakefront cities

Imagine a new town center in Avon Lake, with restaurants overlooking Lake Erie. A convention center and hotel in Lorain, where the Black River meets the lake. A channel and marina lined with townhomes in Sheffield Lake. A stormwater education center in Vermilion. And a trail along 28 miles of U.S. 6 linking the projects…

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