Hyde Road Hit and Run

The fence protecting the Township Park on Hyde Road has been damaged.  Several sections, including some of the signage, have been knocked to the ground. According the Columbia Township Police Chief David Elwell, it was a “hit and run.”  He adds the police department “is working on it.”

 

Dam Strong Update #3

Bendele Construction, working with Andy Anderson, poured concrete today as the Dam Strong project goes forward.  Weakness of the dam’s south shoulder could induce catastrophic failure, causing the lake water level to drop two to four feet.  The Clark Lake Spirit Foundation, with support from the community, is underwriting the Dam Strong project to ensure the dam’s integrity.  Check out today’s activity in the 60 second video below.

Mike McKay, who has taken an important role in this project, commented “the pour went well and the crew will inscribe the 2017 date on it, just as the year 2012 was imprinted on the north side.”  As the seasons permit, more work will be done to enhance this Clark Lake icon.  Mike is paying for landscaping around the dam so “people on a bike ride can stop by and enjoy the view.”  Spirit Trail benches will be placed around the area, inviting cyclists, walkers and runners to do just that. 

The Dam Strong project was made possible by generous support from the community.  Click here to read about the Dam Strong Honor Roll.

Video and story by Rick Belcher.

Thankful for Clark Lake

Many at Clark Lake recognize the amazing blessing to be part of this community.  With that in mind, these Clark Lakers tell why they are thankful to be here.  Take two minutes and watch this video of people you may know.  Then join them by adding your comment.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Produced by Rick Belcher

Here are some comments:

Kaci Babineau:
Like my dad Roger says in this video, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Clark Lake. My parents met here, having grew up just 3 houses away from each other, got married years later and had my brother B.J. and I. This place also kept me close to my extended family like Barb Czyrka and Jack Burns and created lifelong friendships with people like Colleen Dandar Tankoos and Sally Dandar Lyons, who married my brother and added another generation who will enjoy its beauty. It truly is my happy place.

Sallie Miller:
I grew up coming to Clark Lake every summer when visiting my grandparents, Don & Gertrude Lyons, my aunt & uncle, Roger & Dorothy Lyons and my cousins.  Because my mother was a school teacher and taught summer school, we usually came for a month.   I always loved being part of the fun that we always had swimming and boating on the lake.  I recently visited my Aunt back in May, 2017, and found that not much had really changed from a distance, but a lot of homes on the lake had changed.   I was so excited to be there because it was my home away from home in the summer and sad when I had to leave.  It is my hope that I can go back.

Jack Burns:
While still relative newbies with only a little over 50 years on Clark Lake, so grateful my folks brought us to this special place.  My kids are just the 3rd generation enjoying the summers there, and hopefully there will be more generations roaming Eagle Point for years to come.

Steve Lambert:
We’re thankful for Clark Lake for, it seems a common theme, bring my wife Lauri and I together. Both our families started coming here back in the late ‘60’s and Lauri and I got to be more than friends over the wonderful years spent at the lake. We just celebrated 30 years of marriage and look forward to sharing more memories with our kids and, hopefully, their kids! Clark Lake IS a place where generations are born.

Pamela Chmiel:
I am also thankful for Clarklake, great community ,wonderful friends.

Kirby North:
My grandfather North docked a small sailboat at the first yacht club on Kentucky point in the 20’s. Our parents Patricia & Raddy (Radcliffe) North spent summers on the lake growing up and eventually moved out year around on Q Lane. They instilled in their children love for the same happy summers of swimming and fireflies: as did their children, now the fifth generation.
Both my parents died peacefully surrounded by their children overlooking the lake in their beloved white cottage with the green roof built turn of the century.

Diana Ganiard Potts:
Six generations!  This is HOME, and my “piece of Heaven” on earth.  Love it here with all my heart and soul…

Blair Hoppert:
The Hoppert family have been coming to Clark Lake for 5 generations. Love the lake. So relacking and restful.

Amy Belcher Bless:
I’m so grateful to have had the wonderful blessing of growing up at Clarklake. As my mother said “You’ve been coming to Clarklake since before you were born, and so have I.” Home in every sense of the word.

Ann Swain: 
I just plain LOVE Clark Lake. The lake is the first place I see in the morning and the last place I see at night. The many “moods ” of the lake keep every day interesting, exciting and comforting.
My Grandparents honeymooned at Clark Lake, it is where I spent every summer of my life, met my husband, Jim, raised our children. My family has 3 homes at the lake and if you add the Shawaker cousins, we have 5 homes at the lake.  My Brother Bill has written a book called “The Clams Are Still Baking” chronicling our family life at Clark Lake.  Clark Lake is Home for my Family. The best place in the world!

Ruth Ann Swain:
I️ am thankful for Clark Lake and just like Rodger, wouldn’t be here without it, as my mom (from Toledo) and dad (from Jackson) met and fell in love at the lake!  Thanks Rick Belcher am really enjoying these videos!! Brings you all closer.

Debie Meyers Sautter:
Very well done. Thank you!

Stacy Harrison:
Love this! Nicely done.

Walt Shuberg:
Great job Rick

 

Cold November Rain

The day was reminiscent of Guns ‘n Roses’ song from 1992–Cold November Rain.  It rained most of the day and not even a slight peek of the sun.  And the temperature failed to rise above 30 degrees. Was there activity on the lake?  The rain didn’t stop this person in his kayak.  Notice the stern light.

The song Cold November Rain is about a guy’s romance not working out too well.  But the title of the song and its melody seemed to fit this Sunday at Clark Lake.

Because the day lacked color, here is a previously unpublished sunset from October 13.

Tonight’s Storm

The storm swept in with not much wind, but made up for it with lightning, thunder and heavy rain.  It also took power down for two or three hours in some areas around the lake.  Below Consumers Energy crews were working on a pole on Hyde Road near Doyles this evening. 

An extreme crack of thunder shook an area south of Jackson about 5:15 pm.  It was loud enough to mimic what you would expect to hear from a large explosion.

Earlier, at the east end of the lake, a boat lift got loose, apparently propelled by what wind there was. 

Veterans Day 2017

In this salute, some of our Clark Lake veterans tell their story.  You’ll hear why they joined, what they did in the military, and how it changed their lives.  Find out what it’s like to serve, be in a combat zone, or be in the line of fire.  Some were in harm’s way and faced life or death situations.  But all sacrificed time and energy on behalf of the United States of America.  You may know some of these people, but you may not know their stories.   What you discover may surprise you.  These veterans took years out of their lives for the sake of our country.  You may want to take 16 minutes to learn what they did.

Produced by Sgt. Rick Belcher

Spirit Trail’s Magic Forest

Spirit Trail

The Spirit Trail takes you through the Magic Forest–the section that runs Jefferson Road to Lakeview East.  Going through that canopied area, you notice the curves in the path, the foliage on the trees, and other signs of nature.  At this time of year, the leaves are falling.  And until the end of December, this section will be cordoned off as there may be hunting in that area.

In the spirit of the hunt is the bow-hunter’s anthem–a song called Fred Bear.  It’s performed by Ted Nugent, a hunting advocate who doesn’t live far from here.

Live version: 

Studio version:

To get to know the legend a bit better, click on this link for seven Fred Bear quotes.

Viewing the Dam

The DamCam has been restored to service.  It is now positioned so you can view Dam Strong rebuild progress.  You may also notice the latest DamCam enhancement–sound.  This should allow you to hear waves and water falling over the dam.  When windy, you may hear that sound instead.  Technical adjustments are being made to improve audio performance, and the camera may be down while tweaks are taking place. (Scroll down for problem-solving tips).

The new DamCam has far more capabilities than the old one.  The camera view can be easily changed to suit the occasion. Right now, for example, the view spotlights the work on the dam.  Later, the view will include more of the lake, as before.  An experiment today showed that the camera can provide a clear view as far away as Eagle Point.  The old camera was not capable of that sharpness, and changing the view required climbing the pole.  So, as the situation warrants, this website will alter the view to make the best use of the DamCam. 

Thanks to Mike McKay for financing the purchase and installation of the new camera.  Mike has been an integral part of the entire DamStrong project, including paying for the eventual landscaping of the area around the dam.

Below is an artist’s aerial rendering of the area around the dam when complete.

The rectangular shapes represent Spirit Trail benches.  All four have been purchased by donors in support of Dam Strong and the Spirit Trail.  There will also be a bike rack.

Viewing tips:

If a live view doesn’t come up after clicking DamCam on the website, click the photo that does come up.  That should lead you to a live view.

If still no live video, please refresh your browser.

For Safari users–if clicking DamCam brings no image up, try going to settings, find Safari and click “clear history and website data.”

Work continues to refine the audio.

Clark Lake’s Seasons

In this short video, view the seasonal changes Clark Lake goes through, all from one location–looking west toward the Head-of-the Lake from the Eagle Point shoreline. Watch the snow melt, ice disappear, grass turn green, leaves adorn the trees, docks and boats go in.   The sequence starts with winter, moves through spring, and into the full bloom of summer.

The photos were taken in 2012.

Dam Update #2

Watch this short video to see progress as crews restore integrity to the dam at Ocean Beach.  The restoration work for the south shoulder is similar to the rebuild of the north shoulder that took place in 2012.  Both projects were funded through donations to the Clark Lake Spirit Foundation.

An epic fail of the dam could draw down the lake level by 2 to 4 feet.  Imagine where that would put the new shoreline.  A recently found news article from 1954 predicted a much worse outcome when the spillway itself was in danger of failing.  A County official said the lake could lose up to 7 feet of water. Emergency repairs took place and disaster was averted. The north and south shoulders play a critical role in keeping water in the lake.  That’s why the current Dam Strong project is imperative. 

Click here to view Dam Strong Update #1.

Catch up on the history of this project thru these links.

Dam Strong Means Strong Dam – The donors who made this project possible.  Plus view a video of comments from some of them on why this project is essential to the future of Clark Lake.

Dam Strong for Clark Lake – Includes video that gives depth on work to be done

Dam Strong Fund opens – Also view drawing of how the project will look when finished.

Dam Strong Means Strong Dam – The donors who made this project possible.  Plus view a video of comments from some of them on why this project is essential to the future of Clark Lake.

Dam Strong for Clark Lake – Includes video that gives depth on work to be done

Dam Strong Fund opens – Also view drawing of how the project will look when finished.

Here are links that provide more information on this project. 

Dam Strong Means Strong Dam – The donors who made this project possible.  Plus view a video of comments from some of them on why this project is essential to the future of Clark Lake.

Dam Strong for Clark Lake – Includes video that gives depth on work to be done

Dam Strong Fund opens – Also view drawing of how the project will look when finished.

Here are links that provide more information on this project. 

Dam Strong Means Strong Dam – The donors who made this project possible.  Plus view a video of comments from some of them on why this project is essential to the future of Clark Lake.

Dam Strong for Clark Lake – Includes video that gives depth on work to be done

Dam Strong Fund opens – Also view drawing of how the project will look when finished.

Here are links that provide more information on this project. 

Dam Strong Means Strong Dam – The donors who made this project possible.  Plus view a video of comments from some of them on why this project is essential to the future of Clark Lake.

Dam Strong for Clark Lake – Includes video that gives depth on work to be done

Dam Strong Fund opens – Also view drawing of how the project will look when finished.

Here are links that provide more information on this project. 

Dam Strong Means Strong Dam – The donors who made this project possible.  Plus view a video of comments from some of them on why this project is essential to the future of Clark Lake.

Dam Strong for Clark Lake – Includes video that gives depth on work to be done

Dam Strong Fund opens – Also view drawing of how the project will look when finished.