My Clark Lake Story

Carolyn “Teensy” Zader

Carolyn Zader with brother 1952

When I look back to my earliest days, I remember only from June through August. September through May was meaningless. My life started every June and ended on Labor Day when we returned to the suburbs of Detroit.

It all started at the Eagle Point Hotel where my family came every year starting before I… Read more »

Patti Boonstra

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Let me start by saying something that I have always felt about our lake.  From the time I was growing up, I have always thought nothing really bad or tragic could happen while at Clark Lake.  I realize the word “happy” covers a lot of ground.  But that’s the word that comes to me to… Read more »

Bill Leutz & the Paddleboard

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In November 2012, we began the tear down of our cottage at 1032 Eagle Point Road. It wasn’t that we wanted to do, but time had passed its sentence.

When I was a teenager, I spent one summer digging out a boat storage area underneath the cottage. As we were built into the hill, I… Read more »

Eileen Warnemiunde Falk

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My husband, Don Falk, and I came to Jackson in the 1950’s from Minneapolis. We arrived the day before Don was to begin work as a controller for L.H. Field’s Department Store. We checked into the Hayes Hotel. The day was hot and the hotel had no air conditioning. I was miserable. Don was anxious… Read more »

Larry Schrumpf

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What was it like to grow up at Clark Lake?  First let me tell you that I was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in January of 1933 and was named after my dad, Lorenz (a World War I veteran), but we both went by the name of Larry.  My memories date back to when my… Read more »

Doug Ligibel

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It was early morning at the end of August in the summer of my last year in high school. My father was dropping the 14-foot Glastron into the water from the boat lift. The water was starting to turn cold. I put on my full wet suit to start a slalom ski around the lake…. Read more »

Ron June

Ron June

It is finally warm enough for the first venture out into Clark Lake on Memorial Day weekend 2015. That is significant for me because it marks the 65th consecutive year that I have experienced the refreshing waters of this spring feed lake. You see, my parents brought me into this world on Memorial Day of… Read more »

Charlie Timberlake

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Like some other Clark Lake families, the Timberlake’s go way back—to 1895. To get an idea of why Clark Lake has meant so much to Charlie Timberlake, you’ll find it helpful to learn something about his family, including the career of his father-Clare Timberlake. His service in the U.S. Diplomatic corps took the family all… Read more »

Jack Bentley, M.D.

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As America recognizes the accomplishments and sacrifices of its combat veterans, it’s fitting to salute a World War II veteran in our midst.  The following is based upon several lengthy interviews with Dr. Bentley.

It was March, 1944, and World War II would not be over for more than a year. D Day was still… Read more »

Sue Seeger Wiemer

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Six Generations of Summer People at Clark Lake

My family has been coming to Clark Lake from Toledo, in the summers since the 1890’s. I have a picture of my grandfather, Valentine Seeger, at about 14 years old, standing on a dock with two other young men. They all are wearing suits, and… Read more »