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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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See Cleveland’s iconic Goodtime III out of the water

By Laura Johnston | November 24, 2017 | Comments Off on See Cleveland’s iconic Goodtime III out of the water

The Goodtime III is a staple on Cleveland’s lakefront. But this fall, Great Lakes Ship Yard in Cleveland used a 770-ton mobile Travelift to haul the massive cruiser out of the water, as it is every five years, for inspection, painting and repairs. The 500-ton ship was built in 1990 in Jennings, Louisiana, by LeVac…

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6 reasons I’m thankful for Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | November 23, 2017 | Comments Off on 6 reasons I’m thankful for Lake Erie

This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for Lake Erie. For the access to water, not only to drink (though that’s becoming increasingly obviously important), but also to swim in and play on and watch sunsets by. I tell my out-of-town friends that in Cleveland that we get the best of the big city – professional sports, Broadway…

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19 Lake Erie gifts handmade by Northeast Ohio artists

By Laura Johnston | November 22, 2017 | Comments Off on 19 Lake Erie gifts handmade by Northeast Ohio artists

Local Artistree wasn’t intended to be a Lake Erie shop. But the Rocky River artist collective is stuffed with handmade treasures celebrating the lake we love. Artists set their own prices and bring their work, which just happens to showcase lighthouses, driftwood, beach glass and boats. “I think the locations warrants it,” said co-owner Chris…

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A traditional Thanksgiving Day sail on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | November 21, 2017 | Comments Off on A traditional Thanksgiving Day sail on Lake Erie

Forget running a turkey trot on Thanksgiving. Every year since at least the 1980s, Rob Morley has celebrated the holiday with morning sail, maybe out to the Cleveland Water crib and back. (They call it a “crib-bean cruise.”) “It’s going to be lousy and snowing probably,” said Morley, “If the weather’s really bad, I don’t…

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Edgewater Drive in Lakewood: Lake Erie house of the week

By Laura Johnston | November 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Edgewater Drive in Lakewood: Lake Erie house of the week

Live the splendor of the Jazz Age in this five-bedroom, 4,400-square-foot home on Edgewater Drive in Lakewood. The house sits on two-thirds of an acre on Lake Erie. It has 3 1/2 baths, five bedrooms, a third floor office and a fireplace in the master suite. And it features restored mahogany woodwork, leaded glass detailing,…

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Midwest college sailors race in Cleveland harbor championships

By Laura Johnston | November 18, 2017 | Comments Off on Midwest college sailors race in Cleveland harbor championships

The horn blasts, and the sailors are off, racing off the shore of Whiskey Island. Their tiny 420 dinghies tack in the cold November rain, sometimes narrowly missing each other. Around the buoy and back, twice, marked each race in the Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association’s fall championships, based at the Old Coast Guard Station.  Eight…

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Cleaning up the beach: The lure of Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | November 17, 2017 | Comments Off on Cleaning up the beach: The lure of Lake Erie

For two days, the women worked, picking up trash in the weak sunlight and cold winds of November. They found plastic tampons, syringes, used condoms, fast food cups, straws and cigar tips — so many cigar tips. They found a pacifier, deodorant, a rubber duck, three dead rats, lighters, the remnants of a plastic chair.…

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What’s biting on Lake Erie Nov. 15-18?

By Laura Johnston | November 16, 2017 | Comments Off on What’s biting on Lake Erie Nov. 15-18?

What kind of fish can you catch on Lake Erie, and where? White bass and perch fishing has been slow around Cleveland lately, but the walleye and steelhead are plentiful! The steelhead bite has remained excellent along the Cleveland lakefront when the waves aren’t too big, especially at Edgewater Park and the east-facing breakwall at…

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Lake Erie forecast Nov. 16-19

By Kelly Reardon | November 16, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Erie forecast Nov. 16-19

A roller coaster of weather is ahead for Lake Erie this weekend. If you’re hoping to get some time out on the water, I’d go for Friday morning and afternoon, and again on Monday. Saturday and Sunday, you may want to avoid the lake. (Unfortunately, the Midwest Collegiate Sailing Fall Championship regatta at the Old…

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Cleveland birder Jen Brumfield: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | November 16, 2017 | Comments Off on Cleveland birder Jen Brumfield: Erie Interviews

Meet Jen Brumfield, a Cleveland Metroparks naturalist who in 2012 set a new Cuyahoga County record for most bird species observed in a year. Now she’s trying to break her own record. That means when Brumfield’s not working, entertaining school kids at the Rocky River Nature Center or leading birding walks at Wendy Park, she’s…

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