All boaters are welcome to participate in the ninth annual Whiskey Island Boat Club Parade of Lights on the Cuyahoga River.  The 2019 parade will begin a 9 p.m. in the west basin of the Cleveland Harbor at proceed up the river to Irishtown Bend and back.  Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated…

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Join in this historic tradition by land or sea.  An informal blessing on boaters in the 1930s began when a priest at Mother of Sorrows Church decided to give some local sailors a special blessing before they set sail for a season of shipping on the Great Lakes. In 1949 the blessing of the boats…

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We get it. The Cuyahoga River is pure joy on a sunny summer day, a smooth spot for cruising, whether you’re on a jet ski, kayak or stand-up paddleboard. But the river is still a federal shipping channel. And those giant freighters have very little room to maneuver. So play it safe. Here’s what not…

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Lake Erie anglers are targeting walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, and panfish, and inland lake/pond anglers are primarily pursuing largemouth bass, channel catfish and panfish, according to the weekly Cleveland Metroparks fish report by aquatic biologist Mike Durkalec. Early steelhead first show up around off the rocks at Edgewater Park and East 55th Street Marina,…

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Call it the surf smile. When you get up surfing behind Jason Hand’s Malibu Wakesetter on Lake Erie, you can’t help but grin. “That smile, the undeniable energy,” said Hand, 49, who spends his summer weekends in a camper at Bay Point Resort. “Like your mouth hurts when you get off this boat,” said fellow…

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The Holiday has been a fixture in Cleveland for decades. The 65-foot party boat has hosted weddings, escorted scuba divers to shipwrecks and ferried anglers to fishing hotspots across Lake Erie. And now she’s back in the water, after eight months of U.S. Coast Guard inspections, work on the dry dock and fresh paint. “It’s…

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Sailboats make up 2 percent of the boats registered on Lake Erie. Or at least 2 percent of all registered boats say the propulsion type is sail. Perhaps some of them are registered as propeller, since they have an engine to putter out of the marina and back again? RocktheLake analyzed Ohio Department of Natural…

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The world’s largest boat manufacturer, Sea Ray, is also the biggest manufacturer of boats in the Ohio waters of Lake Erie. Sea Ray made 4,281 of the nearly 59,000 boats registered within the Ohio boundaries of our Great Lake. Second was Bombardier. Although the stats aren’t perfect. Sea Doo and Seadoo are listed separately, each…

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Seven times last weekend, the Goodtime III idled for more than 20 minutes, waiting for the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge to lift over the Cuyahoga River. That waiting added up to more than a third of guests’ total time on the cruise ship, said Captain Jordan Kit. But more concerning than inconveniencing passengers, Kit said,…

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