Consumers Energy’s Smart Meters

Consumers Energy has replaced electric and gas meters in the Clark Lake area with new “smart meters.”  The new meters send a text message between midnight and 3 am to CE each day.  The text message tells CE how much gas and electric you used during the previous day.  That information should be available to you through Consumers’ website as well.  “This ends the need for estimated bills,” comments Consumers Energy’s Kathryn Burkholder. “You should always know where your usage stands.”

Will this cost you more?  Burkholder says “the meter technology is accurate. The manufacturer tests 100% of the meters for accuracy before they are shipped, and we also perform sample lot testing on each shipment.” 

What if your bill is higher?  “In almost every instance, a perceived higher bill is the result of a series of low estimated bills or a change in weather. When we install the new meter, a customer may get their first actual reading in months, generating a higher catch up bill.”

Consumers recommends calling their customer care center at 800-477-5050 with questions about your bill.

Sun Up, Sun Down – both Breathtaking

After an incredible sunrise over Clark Lake this morning, you might have concluded that would be it for the day.  The sunset did not disappoint as you can see in Bill Leutz’s photo.

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How did the day start at Clark Lake? Rob Thomas photographed the sunrise from his west end, north shore location.

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Clark Lake’s Special Good Morning

Presidents Day began with an incredible sunrise.  Rob Thomas caught it in the act with this awesome photo.

RobThomas sunrise 2017 02-20Rob took this photo from the north shore, west end.  From this perspective, you see Eagle Point jutting out, and the marina lights are still on at this hour.

Yesterday evening provided a preview of what was to transpire this morning, as you can see in this photo by Bill Leutz.  Bill comments “the lake was so calm you can see jet contrails reflecting from up above.”


The Melt, Part 3

Just when it looked like the last vestige of ice had departed, nature remembered that this is still February.  A thin layer of ice reasserted itself on some areas of the lake overnight.  But that did not deter Fritz Wilger from finding open lanes as he navigated his kayak on the lake this morning–as seen in this photo by Bill Leutz.

By 1:30 this afternoon, Bill reports the ice was gone from the east shore of Eagle Point, no doubt urged on its way by sunshine and 62 degrees.


And Karen Menard spotted these fisherman in action today.

At the end of the day, Bill Leutz captured this view.  The lake was so calm and clear that it reflected the jet contrails from above.


More Melting

TB snowman 2017 02-17According to Tucker Boyers, Friday was “blacktop day” at Clark Lake.  Blacktop day?  Tucker recalls that was the phrase Loretto Baker used to describe “the first day warm enough to sit out in your driveway and drink a beer in a lawn chair!”

Today, nature continued to nudge Clark Lake toward spring. Here is Tucker’s video of the ice piling against the shoreline.

These anglers couldn’t wait for the ice to disappear completely.  Ann Swain caught him cruising along the ice at the west end with this photo taken from Hyde Road.

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On Friday, Tucker aimed his camera from South Woodlands toward the west-end boat launch.

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The Big Melt

by Bill Leutz

Yesterday’s warm front, bringing 25 mph winds, with gusts up to 40 mph, took out all the ice seen in B.J.’s Eagle Spirit One video of the eagles from last Monday.  The remaining ice parted and the lake is now open.

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The force of the waves along the outer edge of the ice shattered it, sending small chips up on the inner ice.  Only a narrow band of this shattered ice and a few small floes remain along the west shore of Eagle Point. The forecast for today (Monday) is for sun and a high of 41 degrees. A brief cool down to 29 is expected on Wednesday, but then warm weather should return, rising to near 60 degrees by next Monday. (You can always get a Clark Lake forecast on the main page of this website).

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It is beginning to look a lot like Spring!

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Clark Lake’s Eagles in Action

Recently two Clark Lake eagles visited and stayed long enough to put on an amazing show.  BJ Lyons caught them in action with his Eagle Spirit One drone.  Andrew Lajdziak edited the videos and brought it to life with a musical soundtrack. 

The eagles’ performance took place on Monday, February 6th.  Thanks to BJ and Andrew for their awesome work!

In January, this website reported on two eagles visiting the lake and titled the story “Mr. and Mrs. Eagle.”  There was a reason for that title.  To find out why it was used, please click here.

Clark Lake’s Endless Variety

It would be hard to find two days precisely the same at Clark Lake.  The lake offers infinite variety, and this week is evidence.  With the help of rain, today most of the lake was open.  But as you can see in Joe Pudil’s photo, there is still enough ice to create remarkable views.  This photo was taken at 6:29 pm, looking east from Eagle Point.

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Earlier today, Bill Leutz captured this view, looking west from the Eagle Point shore.

To illustrate how things have changed, take a look at these photos of ice pile ups from Monday, also captured by Bill.

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Soggy Day at the Lake

Just how soggy was it?  According to Tucker Boyers, about an inch of the wet stuff fell from the skies. That took out most of the snow, leaving behind a few forlorn patches here and there.

Tucker’s photo shows the view from Hyde Road looking toward Mud Point at 4:45 pm today.

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And from the opposite direction, a bit earlier in the day, the view from the Eagle Point shoreline looking west.

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Sunset Scan

Just before the sunset yesterday (Friday), BJ Lyons flew Eagle Spirit One to take in current west end lake conditions.  As you will see in this video, there was substantial open water.  Last night’s cold temperatures caused the surface to freeze again.

The view follows the curve of the shoreline, starting at Eagle Point, heading south, then west.

Here are some more looks at the lake from earlier in the day, taken by Bill Leutz.  This view reveals the open water between the Eagle and Kentucky Points. 

This is a similar view, but angled more westerly.

This photo looks west from the Eagle Point shoreline.