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Small craft warning: Lake Erie marine forecast Nov. 22-24

By Laura Johnston | November 21, 2019

The end of November, and few mariners have their boats in Lake Erie. But just in case you’re holding out for a traditional Thanksgiving Crib-bean cruise, know that there’s a small craft warning until 7 p.m. Thursday. Here’s the full National Weather Service marine forecast, from Avon Point to Willowick. Friday: West-northwest wind 21 to…

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Make a marine debris public service announcement and win Cedar Point tickets

By Laura Johnston | November 5, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio high school students can win a field trip to Stone Lab on Gibraltar Island and tickets to Cedar Point, by creating a public service video on the dangers of marine debris in the Great Lakes. The contest, in its fourth year, is run by Ohio Sea Grant and the National Oceanic…

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See the Walleye Fall Brawl payouts

By Laura Johnston | October 23, 2019

Nearly 8,000 anglers are competing in the 2020 Walleye Fall Brawl, the most ever in the 10th annual fishing derby. All those competitors make for the biggest prizes in the history of the brawl. Warrior V208 boat, worth about $100,000 HewesCraft 210 Sea Runner boat, worth about $75,000 $45,000 $35,000 $25,000 Kids Division, 15 and…

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Time for the Walleye Fall Brawl! Ohio Lake Erie fish report

By Laura Johnston | October 17, 2019

The 10th annual Walleye Fall Brawl starts Friday! And we’ve got lots of fall fishing to look forward to. In fall, steelhead trout are the highlight in the Rocky and Chagrin rivers, says Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec.  The rain in local streams will entice more steelhead to enter the northern portions of the watersheds, Durkalec…

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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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Catch the biggest steelhead in Ohio and win gear

By Laura Johnston | October 4, 2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Fishing Co. is teaming up with former Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas on a contest to catch the biggest steelhead in Ohio. The winner will receive a Cleveland Fishing Co. hat, beanie, hoodie, T-shirt, and mystery item autographed by Thomas. Brian Tigue launched his company in April with hats, T-shirts,…

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Walleye still biting: Lake Erie fish report Oct. 4

By Laura Johnston | October 3, 2019

Lake Erie walleye are still biting, and anglers are signing up for the annual Walleye Fall Brawl, which starts Oct. 16. See the full Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report. Western Basin Walleye  Where: Walleye fishing remains consistent with limits of smaller fish being reported near Locust and Cone reefs. Fishing continues to be good…

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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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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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