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Lake Erie fish report Aug. 15

By Laura Johnston | August 15, 2019

Summer fishing is wrapping up, which means you can start looking forward to fall, and the Fall Brawl. Meanwhile, there’s plenty of fish to catch right now, while water temperature hovers around 76 degrees. Here’s your Ohio Department of Natural Resources fish report. Western Basin Walleye   Where: The best bite has been 3 to 6 miles…

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Chance of thunderstorms: Lake Erie marine forecast Aug. 15-18

By Laura Johnston | August 15, 2019

The kids are heading back to school, but you can still get out on Lake Erie. Water temperature is a warm 76 degrees. Unfortunately, the weekend may be marred by storms. Friday: Southwest wind 6 to 9 knots becoming west-northwest in the afternoon. A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 2 p.m. and 3…

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Beyond rock painting: 6 ways to get your arts fix at Lakeside Chautauqua

By Laura Johnston | July 22, 2019

Art ties the summer — and families — together at Lakeside Chautauqua. Classes include painting, dancing, music and more for all ages, at just about any time of day. You can even make soap to take home for Christmas gifts. See how you can get involved at the private community on Lake Erie, with the…

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Volunteer paddlers needed to help with triathlon

By Laura Johnston | July 18, 2019

Want to help Cleveland host the USA Triathlon Age-Group championships? Experienced kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders are needed for water safety teams, to help keep racers safe during the swim portion of the triathlon at Edgewater Beach. The events take place Aug. 9-11. Sign up below, and mark your calendars for a pre-event training session on…

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Meet new Lakeside Symphony Orchestra Conductor Daniel Meyer

By Laura Johnston | July 17, 2019

Brought to you by Lakeside Chautauqua and rockthelake.com Music is magic you can get lost in, says new Lakewood Symphony Orchestra Conductor Daniel Meyer. In this world of YouTube clips and 30-second commercials clamoring for attention, “You can lose track of time. You can unplug and disconnect when you get completely engrossed in a piece…

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Kids sail in Junior Bay Week

By Laura Johnston | July 16, 2019

Kids have taken over Put-in-Bay Yacht Club for the annual Inter-Lake Yachting Association Junior Championships. The 64th annual event features 150 sailors age 17 and younger from clubs across Lake Erie. They descend on Put-in-Bay for four days of races, skits, speakers team dinners, awards banquets and more. Check out the photos of the fun…

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2019 Lake Erie harmful algal bloom forecast to be slightly smaller than 2017

By Laura Johnston | July 11, 2019

This year’s harmful algal bloom could be slightly smaller than 2017, according to the forecast released Thursday by Ohio Sea Grant. Heavy spring rains washed a huge load of phosphorus — the main ingredient for the toxic blue-green algae — into the Maumee River. That’s despite the fact that many farmers couldn’t plant fields this…

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Ready, set, sail! Lake Erie marine forecast July 11-14

By Laura Johnston | July 10, 2019

Wind is in the weekend forecast for Lake Erie! Sun is also predicted after Thursday, with perfect temperatures for sunning and sailing. Or for checking out the Tall Ships Cleveland festival. The water temperature off Toledo is 76 degrees, and off Erie 70 degrees. See the full National Weather Service offshore marine forecast, from Avon…

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Walleye madness: Lake Erie fishing report July 10

By Laura Johnston | July 10, 2019

Lake Erie is stuffed with walleye. Anglers are reaching the six-fish-per-person limits. How? Cleveland Metroparks aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec writes in his July fish report that trolling spoons, crawler harnesses and crankbaits are good bets to catch walleye. “But equally effective many days, and lots of fun, is casting and slowly retrieving a weight forward spinner…

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Meet the fleet of Tall Ships Cleveland!

By Laura Johnston | July 9, 2019

Eleven tall ships — brigs, schooners, barques and more — are coming to Cleveland, in a celebration of our maritime heritage.  Tall Ships Cleveland is one of a handful of stops for the ships on the Great Lakes this summer. The goal is to engage with the community and remind them of the history that…

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Lake Erie Coastal Byway

By Laura Johnston | September 22, 2017 | Comments Off on Lake Erie Coastal Byway

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Driving along Lake Erie? You can find more than 300 activities along 293 miles of Ohio’s north shore with the new Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail mobile app. The app, paid for with $25,000 of federal scenic byway funding, is overseen by the Erie Regional Planning Commission and the  Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, which…

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Author Dan Egan: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | September 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Author Dan Egan: Erie Interviews

Meet Dan Egan, whose book “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” is absolutely riveting. It had me spouting fascinating facts like nothing I’ve read since Robert Caro’s “The Power Broker,” about how planner Robert Moses shaped New York. I chatted with Egan, a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reporter who has covered the lakes for a…

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Why I wanted to rock the lake

By Laura Johnston | September 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Why I wanted to rock the lake

Summer mornings, as the sun rises, I ride my bike four miles to Columbia Road Beach, clatter down the steps and wade into Lake Erie. I dive under, kick hard to warm up and settle into a rhythm, breathing left and right and left again. Unlike in the pool, there are no markers of time…

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