Lake Erie’s Crystal Beach ranks among the 50 best beaches in North America, and the top 400 beaches in the world, according to 1,000 travel professionals and the website Flightnetwork.com.  The Canadian beach, across the U.S. border from Buffalo, near Fort Erie, Ontario, ranks No. 39 in North America. The spot gets praise for “flawless white sand”…

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You want to go to the beach. But you want to make sure the water is safe. Cleveland’s popular Edgewater Beach had a few bad water quality days this summer — a harmful algal bloom during the July 4 holiday week and then a sewer discharge in August. So RocktheLake delved into water quality —…

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You get to the beach, and you whip out your phone, to try to capture the scene. But all that gorgeousness can look flat on your screen. “Standing in the sand, taking a picture with your iPhone doesn’t always allow you to capture the aesthetics,” said Eric Johnston, owner of Way Up Aerial Images. Drone…

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Can’t get enough of the breathtaking summer sunsets over Lake Erie? An orange ball, sinking into the wake. A pink glow on the beach. The silhouette of a couple, hand in hand. Lighthouses and boats and trees. All have starred in the 100 inventive, impressive photos submitted to RocktheLake’s first Summer Solstice Sunset photo contest.…

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July 4 is Wednesday — which makes it hard to take a long weekend and get out of town for Independence Day. But you can feel like you’re on vacation when you celebrate America’s birthday on Lake Erie. Looking for some nautical spots to watch the fireworks? Or maybe a red, white and blue parade?…

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The U.S. EPA is awarding Ohio $215,000 in grants to protect the public at Lake Erie beaches this year, the EPA announced Wednesday. The grant will be used to help inform beachgoers about water quality so they can better enjoy Ohio’s beautiful beaches this summer without any worry, said EPA Region 5 Administrator Cathy Stepp.…

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Want to know where on Lake Erie you can try a dragon boat, find beach glass or eat with a view of the water? Us, too. Which is why RocktheLake created its Where To page. 9 Lake Erie festivals you won’t want to miss in summer 2018 Check it out for lists of: Beaches with…

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It’s June! And the beaches are open for swimming — even though the water is still chilly. RocktheLake collected a few area beaches with lifeguards. Take a look! Lakeview Park, Lorain: Lifeguards are on duty noon-6 p.m. Lakeview Park and Beach Huntington Beach, Bay Village: Lifeguards on duty 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, June 2-Sunday, Aug.…

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Cleveland – along with its Lake Erie neighbor, Detroit — ranks near the top for plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. Together, the United States and Canada discard 22 million pounds of plastic into Great Lakes waters, according to a Rochester Institute of Technology study. Much of it — including fast-food straws, cigar tips and…

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Edgewater is the place to be during a Cleveland summer, whether you’re wading at the beach, fishing from the rocks or dancing at Edgewater Live. Cleveland bought the land that would become Edgewater Park in 1894. Today the park sits on more than 130 acres and boasts some 6,000 feet of shoreline. Read cleveland.com’s history of…

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