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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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Surfrider Foundation could start Cleveland chapter

By Laura Johnston | October 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Surfrider Foundation could start Cleveland chapter

Cleveland surfers, paddlers and kayakers want to form a chapter of the international Surfrider Foundation, which works to keep beaches accessible and water clean. Bill Cochrane, owner of Nalu Stand-up Paddle & Surf shop in Rocky River, posed a question about a chapter on Facebook last week. The comments were swift. Yes! Yes! Yes! Within hours…

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One two-hour, cold practice on the Cuyahoga River with the Western Reserve Rowing Association masters team

By Laura Johnston | October 27, 2017 | Comments Off on One two-hour, cold practice on the Cuyahoga River with the Western Reserve Rowing Association masters team

The sun ducks out of sight, and the lights of Cleveland blink on. Eight men in a 60-foot shell glide inches above the black water of the Cuyahoga River, pushing their legs and pulling their oars in unison. “Let’s keep it nice and long, gentlemen,” their coach, Kirk Lang, yells through a bullhorn from the…

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Internet of H2O teams pitch high-tech solutions to Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms

By Laura Johnston | October 25, 2017 | Comments Off on Internet of H2O teams pitch high-tech solutions to Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms

Five teams will compete Friday in Port Clinton at the first-ever Internet of H2O event, presenting ideas to keep Lake Erie’s water supply safe and harmful algal blooms under control with the goal of winning $50,000 in cash and services. The idea is to use technology to improve the systems that monitor phosphorus and other nutrients, which…

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Lake Erie Charter Boat Association President Paul Pacholski: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | October 25, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Erie Charter Boat Association President Paul Pacholski: Erie Interviews

Meet Capt. Paul Pacholski, president of Lake Erie Charter Boats Association, which counts 650 boat captains as members. As the Walleye Capital of the World Lake Erie has one of the most prolific fisheries anywhere. (Fishery basically means total amount of fish.) And anglers fly in from as far as California to charter a boat…

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How to create coastal decor — without going kitsch

By Laura Johnston | October 24, 2017 | Comments Off on How to create coastal decor — without going kitsch

Everything’s popping up coastal. You can buy anchor-bedecked bedsheets at Target. Bags of sea stars and coral sculptures from T.J. Maxx. And whale towels at Walmart. But you want to do coastal without kitsch; you want to capture the carefree feel of Lake Erie and reflect its wind and sun and water in your décor. That’s…

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You can kitesurf in Cleveland? Yep. Check it out.

By Laura Johnston | October 23, 2017 | Comments Off on You can kitesurf in Cleveland? Yep. Check it out.

The first cool, crisp day of fall, and there’s a guy at Edgewater Beach, criss-crossing the waves, attached to a big orange-and-black kite flying U-shaped in the wind. He falls, but the kite continues to fly. And a minute later, he’s back at it, surfing. Until he catches a wave to the sand and emerges…

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Hook the biggest walleye in Lake Erie and win a $75,000 boat in the Fall Brawl

By Laura Johnston | October 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Hook the biggest walleye in Lake Erie and win a $75,000 boat in the Fall Brawl

At 12:01 this morning, more than 3,700 anglers began their quest: to catch the biggest walleye in the Ohio waters of Lake Erie. It’s the seventh year for the Fall Brawl, which began with 50 guys who threw a couple bucks in a pot. Now entrants come from more than a dozen states, filling up hotel…

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The Norfolk-Southern railroad bridge and the boats on the Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | October 20, 2017 | Comments Off on The Norfolk-Southern railroad bridge and the boats on the Cuyahoga River

About 100 trains chug each day along the Norfolk Southern bridge, across the mouth of the Cuyahoga River. It’s the first obstacle boats must pass to reach the Flats from Lake Erie, the one that stops them often for a half-hour at a time. Here’s why: A bridge tender works at the site 24 hours…

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Green Ribbon Coalition founder Dick Clough: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | October 19, 2017 | Comments Off on Green Ribbon Coalition founder Dick Clough: Erie Interviews

Meet Dick Clough, who founded the Green Ribbon Coalition to create more access to Lake Erie and connect lakefront parks with trails to the east, west and south. “I’ve lived here all my life. I always thought we could do better,” said Clough, 70, of Lakewood. “If we’re ever to see our community thrive, I think we…

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Lake Erie hides secrets of 2,000 shipwrecks

By Laura Johnston | October 17, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Erie hides secrets of 2,000 shipwrecks

The Great Lakes hold the secrets of about 8,000 shipwrecks. Lake Erie covers 2,000 of them, among the highest concentration of wrecks in the world. Only about 375 of Lake Erie’s wrecks have been found. They are schooners, freighters, steamships, tugs and fishing boats, and thanks to the cold, fresh water, many of them are…

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