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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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December, and the Cleveland harbor is full of boats

By Laura Johnston | December 1, 2017 | Comments Off on December, and the Cleveland harbor is full of boats

With less than two days left of the seventh annual Lake Erie Walleye Fall Brawl, anglers crammed the Cleveland harbor, hoping to catch a big one. Matthew Branigan hooked a 14.97-pound walleye Friday morning, the biggest ever in the competition. But that doesn’t mean the contest is over. Fishermen came out on a sunny afternoon,…

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Near end of Lake Erie Fall Brawl, Strongsville man catches 15-pound walleye

By Laura Johnston | December 1, 2017 | Comments Off on Near end of Lake Erie Fall Brawl, Strongsville man catches 15-pound walleye

Matthew Branigan took the whole week off to fish for walleye, in the last week of the Lake Erie Fall Brawl contest. And this morning his time paid off, when he caught a nearly 15-pound walleye, one of the largest ever caught in Ohio waters. “We knew it was a big fish for sure,” said…

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The Cargill salt mine: an other world under Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | December 1, 2017 | Comments Off on The Cargill salt mine: an other world under Lake Erie

Down, down, down. In three minutes, the skip drops nearly 1,700 feet below Cleveland. Then the giant metal door swings open, and you’re deposited in an other-world, with walls, ceiling and floor made of salt. Dirty brown salt at the Cargill mine’s entrance, where the rock has absorbed diesel fumes and dust for more than…

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What’s biting? Everything, in the best fall fishing season in recent memory

By Laura Johnston | November 30, 2017 | Comments Off on What’s biting? Everything, in the best fall fishing season in recent memory

How’s the fishing on Lake Erie this fall? The best in recent memory. Lots of steelhead have been caught along the lakefront and in local rivers, said Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec. And the lake has a great there mix of trophy walleye from a record 2003 spawn, complemented by two years in a…

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Lake Erie forecast Dec. 1-3

By Kelly Reardon | November 30, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Erie forecast Dec. 1-3

Lake Erie anglers will love the weekend ahead, with mild weather for the last weekend of the Lake Erie Walleye Fall Brawl. Surfers, however, may need to wait for some waves. A small craft advisory (which means big waves) is in effect until 7 a.m. Friday, but the rest of the weekend is looking pretty…

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Painter Jeff A. Evans: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | November 30, 2017 | Comments Off on Painter Jeff A. Evans: Erie Interviews

Meet Jeff A. Evans, an architect who paints Lake Erie and other Cleveland scenes “plein air,” working outside in the landscape. He can capture a scene in about two hours, or the time it takes for the light to change. Plein air was common before photography, of course. But it became an art form in…

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What’s your boat name? Send us your best boat name photos

By Laura Johnston | November 29, 2017 | Comments Off on What’s your boat name? Send us your best boat name photos

There’s Seas the Day. And Happy Hours. And On the Rocks. If you’ve got a boat, you’ve probably got a boat name. Boaters love puns, so there’s a good chance it’s a play on words. And unless you inherited the name when you bought your boat used, you probably have a story behind your choice.…

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Wet suits, dry suits and scuba diving in Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | November 29, 2017 | Comments Off on Wet suits, dry suits and scuba diving in Lake Erie

Most Lake Erie divers don’t start with the frigid, murky waters of a Great Lake. They take scuba lessons specifically to go on vacation somewhere tropical — with warm, clear water. They fall in love with the sport and can’t wait to get back underwater, even in Cleveland. “The ones who dive the lake, they’re…

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Cleveland to paint red safety zones on Cuyahoga River — and ticket for docking there

By Laura Johnston | November 28, 2017 | Comments Off on Cleveland to paint red safety zones on Cuyahoga River — and ticket for docking there

The city of Cleveland plans to paint 10 sections of bulkheads in the increasingly busy Cuyahoga River red, with “No Docking” signs to keep boaters from tying up there. The longest safety zone is along the revitalized Flats East Bank, a 600-foot stretch from Alley Cat Oyster Bar north to the Norfolk Southern Bridge. Parking…

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Bratenahl house with a pool: Lake Erie House of the Week

By Laura Johnston | November 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Bratenahl house with a pool: Lake Erie House of the Week

This six-bedroom, $1.25 million Bratenahl home has a third floor ballroom and a backyard pool overlooking Lake Erie. The 1912-built home on Lake Shore Drive sits on nearly an acre. The commercial-grade kitchen includes a Vulcan stove and Traulsen fridge. And it’s minutes to downtown Cleveland.  The house is listed by Linda Musarra of Chestnut…

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