Is the Norfolk Southern bridge over the Cuyahoga River up or down? Check the live feed on the new Music Box Supper Club bridge cam. RocktheLake mounted a security camera on the patio at Music Box in the West Bank of the Flats. And we pointed the camera at the railroad bridge that separates Lake…

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So you want to boat from the United States to Canada? There’s no markers separating Canadian waters from American in Lake Erie. You can cross the invisible boundary line on your boat, no problem. But you must report to customs when you dock or drop anchor in the waters of the other country. (I once…

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We’ve got three weeks until the unofficial start of summer Memorial Day weekend. And thanks to a miserably chilly March and April, marinas on Ohio’s lakeshore are about three weeks behind. “It’s so late,” said Tom Gavel, owner of Tag Marine Services at Whiskey Island Marina. “For the last month it’s like you’ve been shaking…

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Boatyards, backyards, marinas and yacht clubs will soon spring to life to prepare for the 2018 boating season. Fishing charter boats are putting in the water as soon as Easter weekend. Recreational boaters have dates to launch any time between mid-April and late May. But first owners have to cut the shrink wrap off their…

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For Ron Proch, it’s tradition, to come to the Mid-America Boat Show at Cleveland’s I-X Center each year, to have a beer and see the latest trends. Last year, he bought a boat. This year he’s buying a Hobie Mirage Eclipse, a sort of paddle board you can peddle like an elliptical machine at the…

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Cold and snowy outside, summertime inside at the Mid-America Boat Show, the largest in a decade at the I-X Center. You can check out the newest, coolest boats; climb aboard the Cleveland Metroparks water taxi; try scuba diving; pick up some fishing tips; jam with your favorite Put-in-Bay singers; entertain your kids and savor some…

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Find it stressful to dock a boat? Maneuvering a vessel into a tight spot, surrounded by wood, metal poles and other boats, can be difficult. Which is why joysticks are one of the hottest technology trends on Lake Erie. The 360-degree joystick works intuitively, like a video game controller. The boat moves whatever direction you…

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Meet Bart Barnes, a salesman for Clemons Boats in Sandusky, which is bringing more than 30 boats to the Mid-America Boat Show starting Thursday at Cleveland’s I-X Center. “The service department is turning and burning,” said Barnes, 28, of Castalia. See more on boat dealership prep for the boat show. Barnes grew up in Norwalk…

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If you want a new boat this summer,  you should probably buy now. Demand is up, and supply is tight, boat dealers say. And besides, dealers and manufacturers are offering their best deals at the Mid-America Boat Show in Cleveland, which starts Jan. 18. South Shore Marine in Huron is carting about two dozen boats,…

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You voted. The best boat name on Lake Erie is Anchor Management, in Mentor Lagoons. About 43 percent of the 979 votes in RocktheLake’s inaugural contest chose the best name. And we agree. It’s pithy. It’s punny. It’s as nautical as they come. And it’s got a great story, to boot. Kevyn Kistner and his…

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