Historical Perspectives

Clark Lake Spirit Navigates the Mississippi

Growing up most people read Mark Twain’s tale of Huckleberry Finn on the Mississippi River. For some, the story continued to inspire long after school days. 

It was 1996, and a group of intrepid Clark Lakers had become driven by an idea–to relive Huck’s travels.  Greg Kerr shared his love of the story with others… Read more »

Another Clark Lake First

You may know that Clark Lake invented the first motorized raft, now mistakenly known elsewhere as “pontoon boats.”  You may also know of all inland lakes in the U.S., Clark Lake had the largest Hobie fleet and more Dori banners flying than anywhere else.  But did you know this?  The park at the east end… Read more »

A Dam Factoid

Through the years, many at Clark Lake have speculated about the origin of the dam on Ocean Beach Road.  And no wonder.  Not only is the dam a Clark Lake icon, but it performs the important function of keeping the lake level where it is.

Because of the Dam Strong project to fortify the dam’s… Read more »

The Hitt Farm

The historic house, known as the Hitt farm on North Lake Road, is well over 100 years old and on the United States Department of Interior’s list of Historical places.  Today, the Hitt farm is still owned by the family and serves as a private vacation rental.  The article below was written by Walter Reed… Read more »

Clark Lake Yacht Club

What motivates people to sail?  After all, sailing involves considerably more than a trip to the store.  You have to acquire and maintain the boat, and then, learn how to use it.  It has no steering wheel or accelerator.  And the sport must have more in it than putting on a picturesque show for others.

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Clark Lake’s West End in 1947

Histories of Clark Lake typically include iconic locations like Eagle Point, Ocean Beach and Pleasant View.  The west end, or head-of-the-lake, has always been important to the lake. And it, too, is fondly remembered.

In 1947 Norma Gallaway (Lee) wrote a term paper for a sociology class.  Today it offers a fascinating snapshot in story… Read more »

Got a Dime?

Telephone service at Clark Lake and in our world has changed in huge ways.  There was a palpable reminder of this when this telephone booth showed up recently at Clark Lake Classics, next to the Post Office, on Hyde Road. This piece of history still has a phone in it and instructions to deposit a… Read more »

How Pierce’s Bay Came to Be

 By Bill Leutz

I recently had the opportunity to look at two old title abstracts for property on Lake View (West) Drive. These abstracts were for the two lots owned by Eben ‘Dick’ Swain – my sister’s father-in-law. Within these abstracts, I was surprised to find the story of Pierce’s Bay.

Looking at the… Read more »

The Clark Lake Canal that Almost Happened

If you’ve ever had a daydream about expanding Clark Lake’s waters beyond the current shoreline, you should find this real-life story fascinating.  In the 1940s William Keast purchased three cottages and a farm house on 90 acres of land on the south side of the east end of Clark Lake.  His last name should help… Read more »

A Connection between the South Pacific and Clark Lake?

More than you might think.  And, of course, it’s South Pacific, the musical, that got Clark Lake’s attention in multiple ways.

In 1963 the Clark Lake Players moved due south from Pleasant View to the pavilion at Eagle Point.  The space previously been a roller skating rink, and before that, a dance hall visited by… Read more »