10 Reasons to LOVE Lake Erie

Drink Local. Drink Tap., headquartered in Cleveland, is on a mission to creatively reconnect people with water through film, photography, art, education, adopting beaches, and volunteering. The organization encourages Great Lakes and fresh water communities to use water in more sustainable ways and share water wealth across the globe.

Below, the founder of the organization has delivered a list of reasons why people in Northeast Ohio and globally should absolutely LOVE Lake Erie. Read on!

10 Reasons to LOVE Lake Erie

  1. Lake Erie is really an ocean, Lake Erie Ocean. But with NO SHARKS!

    Kelleys Island Dock - Olivia Killiam

  2. Lake Erie is shallow and gets some fun waves going quickly- surfs up! Especially in the high tide of the winter!

  3. Sunrise/Sunsets: a perfect view from all angles on the north coast, whether you are a morning person or a night owl. Summer sunsets are particularly divine.

    Kelleys Island Sunset - Olivia Killiam

  4. Racing sail boats all summer and fall- it’s like being on vacation every weekend!

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  5. We wake up and feel rich every day with 20% of the world fresh surface water in our back yard (in the Great Lakes). It’s not just a lake, it’s a way of life if you choose to connect to it.
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  6. Speaking of connections, the Detroit Shoreway pedestrian tunnels to Edgewater Beach are the only public access to the lake in the city of Cleveland. An urban setting with access to the beach and activities year round, including the #1 fun thing to do on Thursday in the summer, Edgewater Live!

  7. Drinking water: yup that’s right, the water we drink comes from the Lake! That means we have to be mindful of what we put back into our gutters and sewers. Still, our drinking water is tested over 300 times per day!

  8. Open Water Swimming: there are several groups of swimmers that take off during summer months in their wetsuits in Lake Erie. These folks often brave the elements to get a competitive swim. There are also swimming races and triathlons all along the shores.

  9. Kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding and more: there is no shortage of man powered activities to take part in on the Lake. Some of our favorites are kayaking and SUP.

  10. Meditation- sitting and listening to the waves or staring at the beautiful frozen ice.
    Kelleys Island Dock - Olivia Killiam


Erin Huber
 is a social entrepreneur and the founding executive director of Drink Local. Drink Tap., Inc. She has a decade-long history of civic engagement, project management, working with youth, mentoring, leadership, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, and academic accomplishments proven by an extensive list of awards and honors. In 2013, she was selected to present at bigBANG! in Cleveland, Ohio, named one of Cleveland’s Most Interesting People of 2012 by Cleveland Magazine, inducted into the 2012 Mentor High School (Ohio) Alumni Hall of Fame, awarded the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Urban College at Cleveland State University and featured as a water action figure by Circle of Blue. Ms. Huber is the executive producer of the 2014 documentary, “Making Waves,” and advocates for safe water through speaking engagements domestically and designing and building safe water projects globally in east Africa. Her mission is to save our water and save lives. She is a native Northeast Ohioan currently residing in Cleveland, Ohio. She has earned at B.S. in Environmental Science: Policy and Planning, and a M.S. in Urban Studies at Cleveland State University.



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