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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Now that the Cuyahoga is clean, it’s a destination for recreation. If you have your own kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, here’s where to access the river at 16 public parks, from Geauga to Cleveland. If you don’t, we’ve got where to rent kayaks and canoes, learn how to row, or just take a cruise…

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Since the final Cuyahoga River fire in 1969, Cleveland has transformed the Cuyahoga River from cesspool to beach party. (Albeit a party that a freighter occasionally powers through.) Cleveland is celebrating that transformation all week, leading up to the official anniversary June 22. See a historical timeline of the Cuyahoga River and the original report…

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In 30 years on the Cuyahoga River, the Cleveland Rowing Foundation and Western Reserve Rowing Foundation have made rowing an institution in the city. Across the Columbus Road bridge, the two-year-old Foundry is using rowing and sailing to change the lives of city residents. See the story of both at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake. Share:

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From the tranquil headquarters near Burton to the busy industrial channel in downtown Cleveland, the Cuyahoga River is gorgeous. Photographers captured the river’s beauty, over seasons and years, in the West Creek Conservancy’s Crooked River Contrasts exhibit. Go see it, or see all the photos on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake. Share:

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When the Cuyahoga River was an open sewer, choked with oil and trash and sewage, the Putzfrau cleaned it up. In a 16-hour day, the Putzfrau could pick up 100 cubic yards of debris and 15,000 gallons of oil. Now, to celebrate 50 years of the river’s recovery, advocates want to restore the boat. See…

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The crew lives on the ship, working six hours on and six hours off, seven days a week, for 60 days. So what’s it like aboard a laker? RocktheLake climbed aboard (literally, with a ladder) at the Port of Cleveland Bulk Terminal at Whiskey Island on Lake Erie to find out. We rode Interlake Steamship…

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The Ohio EPA has declared fish in the Cuyahoga River as safe as those in offshore Lake Erie. That’s the third impairment lifted from the Great Lakes Area of Concern covering the river, 21 creeks and 10 miles of Lake Erie shoreline since 2017. Read the good news on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake. Share:

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On your mark, get set, race! Nalu Stand-up Paddle & Surf is organizing six SUP races this summer, all with a family-friendly festival vibe. Most of the events include canoes and kayaks. So mark your calendars! See the full story at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake. Share:

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Take a trip south of Cleveland for a tubing trip down the Cuyahoga River. You can take a 2 1/2 ride from Waterworks Park for $20 — plus $10 if you want a cooler tube. That includes a shuttle back to your car. Kids as young as 5 can ride. Just make sure to wear…

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