Where to camp on Lake Erie shores

By Laura Johnston | September 10, 2019

Want to fall asleep under the stars, listening to the waves on Lake Erie? What you need is a tent and a campground. And thankfully, we found 10 along the Ohio coast — including spots on Put-in-Bay, Kelleys Island and Middle Bass Island. Check out 10 state parks and private campgrounds at cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

Where to rent a kayak, catch a cruise or dragon boat on the Cuyahoga River

By Laura Johnston | June 20, 2019

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…

13 ways to get out on Lake Erie this summer

By Laura Johnston | May 30, 2019

Rent a kayak. Hunt for beach glass. Fish. We can all get our blue mind on this summer on Lake Erie, even if we don’t own a boat. See the full list of possibilities on cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.

Soak up summer sunsets, live music at Whiskey Island: See the 2019 band schedule

By Laura Johnston | April 18, 2019

Life is better with live music. And summer is better with boat docks and Lake Erie sunsets and a drink in your hand. Whiskey Island Still & Eatery offers all of that, all summer long. The casual restaurant, with its sprawling patio and picnic tables just down the road from Edgewater Park, will host bands…

Where to cruise: 11 great boating destinations on Lake Erie

By Laura Johnston | March 21, 2019

Where do you love to boat on Lake Erie? Do you anchor at the beach? Grab a bite and a beer on a sunny patio in the Flats? Or cruise to the north shore for an international vacation? Whatever your style, we’ve got a destination. RocktheLake compiled 11 of our favorites. Check them out at…

Where to eat on Lake Erie’s north shore

By Laura Johnston | January 28, 2019

Lake Erie is freezing. Which means it’s time to start summertime dreaming. Last year, we compiled a list of Ohio restaurants where you could watch the waves while sipping a cold drink. This year, we’ve got the Canadian side of Lake Erie. Here’s a list of 11 waterfront restaurants in Ontario, to put on your…

Explore the ports, shores of the inland seas with Great Lakes Cruising Club

By Laura Johnston | January 15, 2019

The Great Lakes Cruising Club was formed by a handful of yachtsmen in Chicago in 1934. Now it includes about 2,500 families – both sailors and powerboaters – who want to know the lay of port towns in both Canada and the United States.  See all the details at www.cleveland.com/rock-the-lake.  

What to do with kids on Kelleys Island

By Laura Johnston | June 19, 2018

Bring your bikes to Kelleys Island. The largest of Ohio’s Lake Erie islands, Kelleys offers 30 miles of winding, open roads to cruise. So you can check out the glacial grooves, state park and hiking trails at your leisure. Don’t do what I did: make your kids scooter 3.6 miles from the Kelleys Island Ferry…

All you need to know for a summer family adventure at Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island

By Laura Johnston | June 18, 2018

The 20-somethings can have downtown Put-in-Bay, with its tiki bars and pool party bacchanalia. Families can claim the rest of South Bass Island as an idyllic summer adventure. The most populated of Ohio’s Lake Erie Islands, South Bass is a sundae of Americana, with a cherry on top. We’re talking three generations sharing a golf…

Try dragon boating this summer with the Cleveland Dragon Boat Association

By Laura Johnston | June 8, 2018

Ever seen a dragon boat? The boat is 40 feet long and 600 pounds, with the head and tail of a dragon, a hull painted with scales and 20 paddles representing claws. The sport, which began as an ancient Chinese ritual, is trending all over the world. “I like the camaraderie, and it’s a great…