Spirit Trail Cleanup–Saturday 9 am

The Clark Lake Spirit Trail Cleanup is a sure sign of spring, and it happens this Saturday, April 1st. 

Would you like to participate?  If so, meet at the County Park at Ocean Beach at 9 am.  There are several locations around the lake that need attention, and Dan Omo, who is in charge of this project, can point them out to you. Coming equipped also helps.  Dan suggests bringing rakes, brooms, and shovels.

Sheri Bush, Trish Boyers, Ann Swain on the Trail in the County Park

Sheri Bush, Tricia Boyers, Ann Swain on the Trail in the County Park

The Clark Lake Spirit Trail would not exist without volunteers.  In fact, except for major infrastructure projects, it’s people like you who donate their time to keep it looking great. The Trail circles the lake, about 7.3 miles. It provides a path for runners, walkers, and cyclists to enjoy multiple views of the lake, neighborhoods and nature.  And it does so on a variety of surfaces.

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So this Saturday, it’s about clearing away what winter left behind and preparing for another great season on the Clark Spirit Trail.  See you there! 

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Longboard Champs 2017

For nearly a quarter-century, players have competed to be longboard champs in the Clark Lake Shuffleboard League.  During the season, the competitors meet every Thursday evening.  The 2017 Championship Playoffs took place today at the Beach Bar.  The winners?  They are teammates BJ Lyons and Brad Beyer.

BJ and psBJ and Brad, part of the Blue Division, competed in the championship round against the Red Division’s John Menard and Tom Nelson.

Here is the scoring for today’s competitions.

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So what’s this league all about?  Joe Collins and League Commissioner T.J. Klein explain.

Along the way, there were special moments.  On his last pitch, Tucker Boyers challenged the crowd.  Then commentators Pam Chmiel and Meredith Szostek comment on Tucker’s play.

Your team scores by getting the puck as close to the end of the board as possible.  And if your opponent’s puck is closer than yours, then you attempt to push theirs off the board.

Here’s a look at the first place teams in action.

In these photos, you’ll see some of the other players–and spectators who were there to watch the action.

And of course, there was a lot of attention on the moment the top prize was awarded.

Below is a review of champions going back to the year 2000.

past championships




In Case You Were Confined to a Cube Today…

In case you were confined to a cube today, hooked to some machine, or stuck in traffic somewhere, here is our your escape.  This breath of fresh air comes from the shores of Clark Lake, where today the temperature rose to 70 degrees.  The pleasant breeze was strong enough to create white caps now and then, but its southwest direction mostly gently caressed anyone standing on a westerly looking shore.  

The video below starts with waves rolling to the shoreline, then provides a leisurely 180 degree pan of the west end.  Then it’s off to the east end, starting with the Eagle Point cove and making a full circle to the marina dock.  The final moment records the activity of one its 150 springs that brings fresh water to this sparkling miracle we call Clark Lake.  Enjoy!

Earlier in the day, these guys enjoyed the lake.


When at Clark Lake…

When at Clark Lake, paying attention at sundown pays off.  That’s when nature puts on a show for free that money can’t buy.  Tonight was no exception.  Here are three different views of tonight’s performance.

First, here is a view from along the Eagle Point Shore near Lakeview West.

Now another view taken slightly earlier from Cheri Fish.

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Finally, a few minutes after the sun dipped behind the horizon, the lake looked like this (once again from the Eagle Point shore near Lakeview West).

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Docks Going In

At least four docks were in the lake as of today (Tuesday 3/21).  The Eagle Point Cove led the way–Jan Baugh, Myra Breakey, Melanie & Mark Herman. 

In Pierces Bay, Flip Reynolds joined the first-in group.  Thanks to Kellie Garris for her help in putting together this story.

Michael McCarthy took his boat for a spin today, and with a purpose in mind.  His passenger was Carolyn Zader who was performing one of several water quality checks that will occur this season.  Thanks to both of them for working on this monitoring project that is important to the current and future health of the lake. The water quality program is sponsored by the Clark Lake Spirit Foundation.  Below Michael’s boat is anchored, riding the waves created by a stiff northwest wind at sunset, in front of his place on Lakeview West.

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Foggy Sunrise

Fog can heighten the view in spite of obscuring detail as you can see in this Ann Swain photo from this morning.  The perspective is looking east from Hyde Road.

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The fog left its mark behind.  Eagle Point Road, looking south, glistens with dew.

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And from the ground, signs of spring are popping up.

To review Rob Thomas’ photo and BJ Lyons’ video of the awesome sunrise on Friday, click here.

Clark Lake’s Quiet Sunday


Tournament basketball generated the fighting spirit inside, but outside it was a an entirely different story.  The lake was quiet–super quiet.  It was hard to believe this was the same lake that was recently buffeted by 60 mph winds.  The peaceful setting was enough to encourage Sally Lyons to take her paddleboard for spin.  Except for a passing fishing boat, she had the lake to herself, or so she thought.  Turns out the paparazzi had a different idea.  First Sally’s cousin photographed the moment from shore.  Then a drone, operated by her husband, BJ, circled overhead to record the moment.  But, as always, Sally was a good sport and waved just as the star of Victoria might.




Good Morning Clark Lake from High Above

Friday’s sunrise was nothing short of awesome, and Rob Thomas caught it in action, as you can see here.  And what did dawn look like from high above?  Scroll down for BJ Lyons’ drone video of this amazing Clark Lake moment.

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Some events last for awhile and this one was over quickly.  We’re grateful to Rob and BJ for preserving this sunrise for all to see.

Three iconic trees mark a position just west of Kentucky Point.  Many at the lake have commented that they add so much to our lake no matter where you view them.  Here’s another photo of that special dawn you’ll want to savor.

And a parting look at Eagle Point.

Clark Lake’s Good Morning

Last night’s sunset was a preview for another amazing sunrise at Clark Lake.  Rob Thomas captured the moment from his north shore location, looking toward Eagle Point and the east end. 

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Moments like these do not always occur on one’s schedule.  There here and then they are gone.  But Clark Lake provides ample moments.  Here are two views of last night’s sunset–perhaps a sampling of what’s ahead for the coming season. 

After this morning’s sunrise, the grey overcast returned, but these buffleheads didn’t seem to mind.


Flaky Weather

Just as Clark Lake and Michiganders recover from high winds and attendant power outages, flaky weather–snow flakes–are falling.  Bill Leutz reports 3 inches on the ground at midday, and more in the forecast.

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The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory in effect until 8 am tomorrow Tuesday.  They predict up to 5 inches of snow across the area.

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You can always find a 5-day forecast on the main page of this website.  As of 1 pm, here’s what it says:

This Afternoon
Snow. High near 27. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of around 2 inches.
Snow likely, mainly before 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 18. North northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
A 30 percent chance of snow before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25. North wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. Wind chill values as low as -1. North northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 28. North northwest wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 15.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 37.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.
Scattered snow showers before noon, then scattered rain and snow showers between noon and 1pm, then scattered rain showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 41.
Friday Night
Scattered rain and snow showers before 9pm, then scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.
Isolated showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 44.
Saturday Night
Isolated showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.

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Photos above courtesy of Bill Leutz.

And it was on February 23rd, Clark Lake saw its first skiier of “an early spring” trying out a new boat!

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