News & Events

Public Speaks Up on Restrictive Ordinance

Clark Lake residents and the chair of the Columbia Township Planning Commission expressed opposition to a proposed ordinance that would limit what you can have in your yard.  Watch the video below to see why they told the Columbia Township trustees that section 20.11...

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Update on Restrictive Ordinance

As previously reported on this website, Columbia Township has proposed a new ordinance (20.11) that would govern residential outdoor living areas or ROLA.   Why is this relevant to property owners?  This new law, if passed, will significantly change what you can have...

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Dorothy Schill Lyons • 1928 – 2018

Clark Lake has lost one of its own.  Dorothy Lyons passed away yesterday. Dorothy's life long love affair with Clark Lake began just three weeks after she was born. That's when her feet touched our waters, as she explained in her My Clark Lake Story on this website. ...

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Seeing Green

If you've been on the Spirit Trail recently, you may have noticed the barriers have a fresh coat of paint.  These barriers are required by the state to prevent motorized vehicles from entering.  Clark Lake Good Guy Awards go to Bob Lajdziak and Tucker Boyers.  Bob...

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Raft-O-Rama Theme for 2019

A fire warmed the crisp night air as the Raft-O-Rama committee huddled around it and discussed a highly important question.  What will be the theme for Raft-O-Rama 2019?  Saturday night's decision was a ratification of the most requested theme from those in the...

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Thanks, Alex

Today's Good Guy Award goes to Alex Phenicie.  Why?  Occasionally the view from the DamCam is obstructed when the remains of insects collect on its lens.  Alex, an electrician for A Plus Electric, volunteered to climb the DamCam pole, yesterday.  With a bottle of...

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Fall Regatta 2018 Results

If you like things slightly to the chilly side, Sunday was a picture perfect fall day. There was plenty of sunshine and the right amount of wind for sailors competing in the annual Clark Lake Yacht Club Fall Regatta. Saturday was chilly, there was not much sun nor...

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Storm Influences the Sunset

Tonight storms, some severe according to the National Weather Service, were rumbling through northern Indiana and parts of southern Michigan. Very little of that came the way of Clark lake--just a few sprinkles of rain and a sunset worthy of photography. In the first...

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Welcome, Doyle’s Market!

Please welcome Doyle's Market as a sponsor of this website.  In this story, learn how Robert's became Doyle's. Growing up, Judi Doyle Kelly fell in love with life at the lake.  Spending summers with her family at Lake Fenton created wonderful memories.   As an adult,...

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A Township Ordinance to Affect Life at the Lake

Columbia Township has proposed a new ordinance that governs residential outdoor living areas or ROLA.  Why is this relevant to property owners?  This new law, if passed, will significantly change what you can have in your yard now and in the future. The purpose of...

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Jack Bentley, M.D. • 1922 – 2018

A Clark Lake star has dimmed.  Dr. Jack Bentley passed away today surrounded by his family.  He leaves behind his four daughters--Lynne Bentley (Tony Merlot), Gail Bentley (David Bomgaars), Jill Bentley, and Elise Fish (Brian), grandchildren, and others. Jack Bentley...

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Golf Carts: Take the Poll

Columbia Township trustees heard the pros and cons of allowing golf carts on streets and roads.  In the video below, you'll see a Clark Lake resident make the case for golf carts, followed by the police chief, who doesn't favor them....

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Regatta Day One

On the first fall day with a real chill in the air, 19 skippers and their crews launched their boats to compete in the Clark Lake Yacht Club's annual fall regatta.  The sun peered through the clouds only occasionally, and the winds were light to moderate--and varied...

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Fatal Accident on Riverside Drive

According to Columbia Township Police, Justin David Pratt succumbed to injuries last night, after having been injured earlier in the day in an accident on Riverside Drive. The accident, about a half-mile west of M-50, occurred at about 7:49 am on Tuesday. Mr. Pratt,...

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Fall Regatta This Weekend

Twenty or more sailboats are expected to take part in the annual fall regatta at the Clark Lake Yacht Club.  Expect to see Rebels, Sunfishes, Buccaneers and Wayfarers all fight to be winners.  As eye-pleasing sailboats are from the shore, the intensity of the...

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Golf Carts at the Lake

Until recently state law prohibited the use of golf carts on public roads.  That prohibition has been lifted where local government is willing to allow it. Currently in Columbia Township, it's illegal to drive a golf cart on a public road.  The topic is getting...

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Ford Field Update

This year's Ford Field party in South Woodlands drew a large group of friends and neighbors.  Along with the good times came donations from those attending. As a result, the Clark Lake Spirit Trail received a cash contribution of $1600.  Who was at this sixth annual...

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Clark Lake Welcomes Fall

After several gray days with on and off rain, the skies cleared today to reveal fall in all its Clark Lake glory.  Take 30 seconds to witness how this played out today. Video: Rick Belcher John Calhoun comments:  "What a...

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A Twin Spin

Did Thursday night's awesome sunset finish the season at Clark Lake?  No.  In words sometimes attributed to Mark Twain, "history doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme."  There was real poetry in this twin spin as Clark Lake witnessed two night's this week with...

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House on the Move

It's not often that you're having lunch at the Beach Bar, and a house goes by.  That's what happened on Thursday, August 30. Mark and Jenna Chmielewski purchased the cottage at the corner of Ocean Beach and Riverside.  They wanted to be at Clark Lake, and bought with...

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Storybook Sunset

Add another page to Clark Lake's storybook of sunsets.  Tonight's offering was simply spectacular. Take a look for yourself at these photos that were taken about the same time, but from slightly different angles. Photos:  Rick Belcher Many evenings you can view the...

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2019 Calendar Now Available

Recognizing the new year isn't that far away, the Raft-O-Rama calendar is now available. Karen Menard and her team have been working long hours to put it together, and the results show the effort paid off in a big way.  The calendar features the Raft-O-Rama entries,...

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Labor Day Weekend Overture

Clark Lake's optical orchestra put together an overture befitting a holiday weekend.  Here are two views as the sun dipped to the west this...

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View from the Center Fall 2018

The Fall edition of the View from the Center newsletter is ready for viewing.  It's the newsy digest about lake organizations and events, now in digital form. As in the spring edition, you’ll see many more photos, all in vibrant color, and videos will add action....

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Clark Lake Salutes the Thin Blue Line

Contributions rolled in to the tune of over $1800 at today's event.  Thin Blue Line is a fund raiser for the Columbia Township Police “Shop with a Cop” program. One-hundred percent of the funds will benefit needy children at Christmas. Columbia Township Police Chief...

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