News and views, and history and humor, about the lake I love.

"I can hear my granddad's stories of the storms out on Lake Erie, where vessels and cargos and fortunes, and sailors' lives were lost." ~ James Taylor, Millworker

Monday, May 23, 2011

Welcome to Lake Erie Winds

Welcome to the premiere of Lake Erie Winds, a blog devoted to that expansive, cantankerous, awe inspiring body of water that is our fourth largest Great Lake.

In the coming weeks and months we will report on news and event of this remarkable body of fresh water, from Buffalo to Detroit. Everything is fair game: lake commerce, history, environmental issues, and pretty much anything else that has to do with Lake Erie. I will share my own photographs and those of contributors that I think are worth sharing with readers. I will also share stories of life along the lake, and the lore and legend that makes this southernmost of the lakes so special.

I welcome your suggestions on topics to cover, leads on developing stories, and links to stories from your local media that you think may be of interest to a wider audience.

Born and raised at Port Clinton, Ohio, I came of age along Erie's sandy lake shore. During my summer growing up I spent almost every waking moment traipsing through the Erie's soft sand, swimming in her warm waters, or in 14 or 15 foot rowboat fishing for perch a quarter mile offshore. I saw the lightening flash and listened to the thunder roll across her roiling surface. I watched in awe as summer and fall storms sprang up so quickly I could scarcely believe it.

This blog, then, is an expression of love and admiration for one of our great bodies of fresh water and a true national treasure. It is my hope that by sharing and discussing all that was and is grand about this wonderful body of water, I can in some small way help preserve it for future generations.


  1. Great blog idea! This could be a great resource to visitors and residence alike. The idea of weaving news and recent political issues about the lake with personal stories sounds very compelling. I will make sure to check back often!