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Water

Lake Erie provides transportation, employment, food, recreation and our drinking water. Because the health of the lake affects us all, the City of Cleveland’s Water Department constantly monitors changing environmental issues of this great resource. Cleveland’s water supply has been rated one of the best in the country.

Probably the next thing that comes to mind when thinking of Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River is recreation. Lake Erie has a recreational boating industry that supports more than 26,000 jobs with an economic impact of $3.5 billion annually. Activities range from those requiring great effort such as kayaking or wind surfing to those that require little where guests can relax on one of Cleveland’s excursion (Good Time III) or cruise boats during the summer months. Cleveland has multiple marinas where boat owners can store and maintain their boats as well. The newest marina is located directly behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at North Coast Harbor. This Transient Marina connects boaters with Downtown Cleveland by providing temporary docking on the shores of Lake Erie near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Great Lake Science Center and other nearby attractions. The Marina also has paddle boats, paddle boards, kayaks and jet skis for rent. Make plans to dock your water craft here then take a short walk to E. 4th for dinner and a show. There is no better way to see Cleveland!

Check out some information on Cleveland’s Whiskey Island Marina. Whether fishing on the mainland, on one of Lake Erie’s 24 islands or on a personal boat, fish abundance is not an issue due to mild temperature and plankton supply. The Lake Erie region's exceptional hunting and fishing opportunities annually attract an estimated 1.5 million hunters and anglers who spend $2 billion in the area.

Being situated on Lake Erie has ecological benefits as well. Positioned on water helps the city to better adapt to climate change according to a 2011 ranking which placed Cleveland as best city to adapt. The rankings weighed factors such as concerns from climate change and heat temperatures. Cleveland scored well due to the supply of water, low vulnerability to natural disasters and a relatively low heat stress rating. Fresh drinking water is provided to more than 11 million residents around the lake which also delivers water to Cleveland’s Water Department. Cleveland scores well for natural disasters as it is positioned far enough from the coast for hurricanes; far enough from converging plates for earthquakes and rarely sees wildfires or floods. Read more about how Trulia ranks the Cleveland housing market a lower risk for natural disasters.