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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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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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