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See the new century-old Shipyards venue in Lorain

By Laura Johnston | January 15, 2020

The shipbuilding industry has left Lorain. But one last warehouse on the Black River remains. And its 25,000 square feet is being transformed into an events venue, restaurant and wine bar. Featuring exposed brick walls, lofty ceilings and massive windows looking onto the Black River and Lake Erie beyond, the venue is stunning industrial chic.…

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Take a ride on a tiki barge on the Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | January 14, 2020

Pretend you’re in the tropics by taking a tiki barge cruise on the Cuyahoga River this summer. The 30-foot-long pontoon boat will host 20 people on five two-hour cruises each day, beginning about 11 a.m. Guests can buy individual tickets for public cruises for about $40, plus fees and tax, or rent the entire boat…

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Lake Erie forecasted to be 80 percent ice covered

By Laura Johnston | January 14, 2020

Lake Erie is expected to reach 80% ice coverage by its peak in late February. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts a 47% freeze across all five Great Lakes, below the 55.7% long-term average but well above the 9.5% coverage in 2002, the lowest amount recorded since record keeping began in 1973. Lake Erie,…

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10 fun things to do at the Cleveland Boat Show

By Laura Johnston | January 14, 2020

The Progressive Cleveland Boat Show starts Thursday, the biggest in a decade. More than 450 boats will fill the I-X Center, which also offers a host of other activities. You can try scuba diving, get some fishing tips and groove to Put-in-Bay musicians. You can grab a beer and sip lobster bisque while admiring vintage…

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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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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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When do you haul out your boat?

By Laura Johnston | September 23, 2019

It’s officially fall, even if the weather is stuck in summer mode. So when do you plan to haul out your boat for the season? We’ve got lots of boating season left, from weekend cruises with the family to fishing during the Lake Erie Walleye Fall Brawl. The Cleveland Metroparks’ Emerald Necklace Marina removes its…

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Edgewater hosts J/70 North American sailing championship

By Laura Johnston | September 11, 2019

J/70 sailboats are coming from across North America to race at Edgewater Yacht Club Sept. 25-28. The club is hosting the North American championships, with the Cleveland (215) Regatta serving as a tune-up Sept. 20-22. “People don’t know they should be proud, the events we’re hosting, the regattas we’re competing in,” organizer Caroline Sundman said.…

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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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The Foundry introduces sailing, rowing to Cleveland kids

By Laura Johnston | October 11, 2017 | Comments Off on The Foundry introduces sailing, rowing to Cleveland kids

The dock is 521 feet, the longest of its kind in the world. The rowing tank holds 55,000 gallons of water, the biggest and best in the world. But the Foundry isn’t built to train Olympians, despite its motto: “Where athletes are forged.” The jaw-dropping 60,000-square-foot space – formerly home to gritty industry on the…

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Euclid plan would increase access along Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | October 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Euclid plan would increase access along Lake Erie

Euclid stretches over four miles of Lake Erie shoreline. But the city has only 600 feet of public access. Until next spring, anyway, when crews will break ground on a ¾-mile waterfront trail across private lots. Eventually, the city’s $30 million, 15-year vision calls for a second lakefront park to bookend the trail, with a…

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Cleveland boasts one of largest, oldest fleets of Highlanders in the country

By Laura Johnston | October 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Cleveland boasts one of largest, oldest fleets of Highlanders in the country

The Highlander sailboat was conceived in Vermilion and created in Fairport Harbor. Sixty-seven years later, one of the country’s oldest and largest fleets of Highlanders calls Cleveland home. About 20 of the 20-foot dinghies sit on trailers on the grassy gravel at Whiskey Island. The oldest here was built in the ‘60s, the newest this century, said…

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Hear the voice of Lake Erie in Margaret Brouwer’s new musical

By Laura Johnston | October 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Hear the voice of Lake Erie in Margaret Brouwer’s new musical

Composer Margaret Brouwer is giving Lake Erie a voice. Brouwer, a Cleveland Heights-based Guggenheim Fellow, has loved the lake since childhood summers spent at a cottage in Huron. But she’s become increasingly worried about the lake’s health – the slimy green algae blooms spreading from the Maumee River, the longtime grudge over sludge in the Cuyahoga River, the…

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Whiskey Island manager Tim Poole: Erie Interviews

By Laura Johnston | October 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Whiskey Island manager Tim Poole: Erie Interviews

Meet Tim Poole, who manages Whiskey Island Still & Eatery for FDL Marine Services, which leases the marina and restaurant from the Cleveland Metroparks. Whiskey Island lets Clevelanders feel like they’re at “a resort five minutes from home,” says Poole, who’s been managing since 2006, when the land was owned by Cuyahoga County. From May 1 through…

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