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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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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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4 ways Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is protecting Lake Erie — and 3 ways you can help

By Laura Johnston | October 17, 2017 | Comments Off on 4 ways Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is protecting Lake Erie — and 3 ways you can help

Cleveland gets its drinking water from Lake Erie. The city sends its waste and stormwater right back to the lake. So how does the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District protect our Great Lake for swimmers, boaters and anglers? Most people never think about the labyrinth of pipes and massive treatment plants that protect our water,…

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What it takes to swim across Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | October 15, 2017 | Comments Off on What it takes to swim across Lake Erie

It’s 24.3 miles across Lake Erie’s narrowest stretch, from Long Point, Ontario, to North East, Pennsylvania. Three Erie natives swam it on one day in August. Amid 2- to 3-foot waves, brothers Tom and Greg Van Volkenburg finished in a record-breaking 11 hours, 15 minutes. Chris Fetcko finished about four hours later. It was the first…

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Freedom Boat Club lends boats without hassle

By Laura Johnston | October 14, 2017 | Comments Off on Freedom Boat Club lends boats without hassle

Want a boat without the headache of actually owning a boat? You know, cleaning it, fixing it, figuring out where to dock and store it. Renting a boat for a day isn’t really an option around Cleveland. But the Lake Erie Freedom Boat Club is sort of a boat library. For a $5,500 initiation fee and $259…

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Mermaid Gem: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | October 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Mermaid Gem: Erie Interviews

Meet Gemma Lascio, professional mermaid. The 26-year-old from Willowick — who, no, has not yet quit her day job — entertains kids and adults at birthday parties, festivals and meet-and-greets. Sometimes she just sits and looks pretty, while others she’ll blow fish kisses and do flips in tanks. She can hold her breath for up to…

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$2.6 million in federal grants announced for the lake we love

By Laura Johnston | October 11, 2017 | Comments Off on $2.6 million in federal grants announced for the lake we love

If you love Lake Erie, you want to protect it, right? Good news today, with the announcement of $2.6 million in federal grants to protect the lake’s drinking water and clean up the Black River, which flows into the lake in Lorain. $2.1 million: A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration three-year grant to the Cleveland Water…

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