News & Events

Clark Lake Triathlon and Duathlon

This annual event takes place Sunday, July 15, at the Clarklake Beach and Boat Club.  The Triathlon consists of a half-mile swim, 13.5 mile bike ride and 4.25 mile run. The Duathlon includes a 2 mile run, 13.5 bike ride, and 4.25 mile run. For sign up and other...

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Run Clark Lake Happens August 4th

One day before Raft-O-Rama, the Clark Lake Spirit Trail will be the site of the 43rd Run Clark Lake.  Interested in participating in this competition that benefits the Spirit Trail?  Check out the latest information. How did it go last year? Run Clark Lake 2017...

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Secret Conversations at Clark Lake

Under the Cone of Silence, sotto-voce conversations are taking place around the lake. What are people saying?  Conceiving the creative idea and planning the engineering for Raft-O-Rama 2018.  The theme this year is "countries."  Since there are 195 of them--the...

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Crabs Are Practicing

Crabs are working out and getting ready for the Great American Crab Races that are just around the corner on July 15, 16, and 17.  The team that puts this together is also preparing for another fabulous year of competition with prizes galore at the goal line. How do...

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Ted Ligibel Speaks at Clarklake Community Church

As part of their week long 150th year anniversary celebration, the Clarklake Community Church invited Dr. Ted Ligibel to speak.  Ted has strong community roots and is well-known for his career in historical preservation.  That includes the writing of the authoritative...

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Hot Air Balloons Visit

Hot air balloons descended upon Clark Lake yesterday and early this morning.  Steve Harris caught them making their visit at 7:10 am today from his location just west of the Yacht Club.   Before last night's fireworks,...

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Fireworks Rock Clark Lake

A large contingent of rafts and boats dotted the waters in anticipation of the famous Menards' family fireworks. Then it was crash-bang-boom as the Menards lit the fuse.  And the crowd was in the mood for it.  This video compresses the action into 30 seconds. ...

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Surprise for Dr. Jack Bentley

It happens frequently that friends and family drop by to visit with Dr. Jack Bentley at his Clark Lake home.  This afternoon was different. Along with a typical entourage was Lois McDoniel from the Quilts of Valor Foundation.  Once in Dr. Jack's living room, she...

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Luminaries Lined the Lake

More luminaries than ever lined the Clark Lake shorelines this year.  Last night's display was totally enjoyable, but capturing their essence in a photograph was demanding.  A pro like Diane Deming makes it look easy. These luminaries are the work of the Raft-O-Rama...

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Clark Lake Skies Light Up

A large group of boats and rafts coupled with many others along shorelines gathered to watch tonight's fireworks.  Most of the action came from the Clark Lake Beach and Boat Club.  But, as to answer the explosive volleys, other fireworks launched around the lake.  All...

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Celebrations

This week as America celebrates 242 years of independence, another celebration is taking place here.  The Clarklake Community Church is celebrating 150 years.  There is a lot to celebrate, so it won't be confined to one day.  On Sunday, July 8, former pastors Frank...

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Independence Week Blast-Off

Right on cue, Clark Lake was treated to fireworks this evening in anticipation of a week-long Independence Day celebration.  The display was launched from a raft anchored not far from Kentucky Point, presumably so those at both ends of the lake could view them.  As...

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Full Moon Paddle Out

Whether by paddle board or kayak, Sally Lyons was joined by a willing group of the self-propelled at the east end of the lake this evening. As part of her Sweetwater Yoga, she brought her class to a spot just off Hancock Point and led them through moves designed to...

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Columbia Township Officials Hear about Sewer Rates

Monday night four Columbia Township elected officials faced the angst of residents who are not happy with sewer rate increases.  Clark Lake's sewer bills go up by 49% in July.  Lake Columbia and Vineyard Lake property owners also face an increase, though not as steep...

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Independence Day Fireworks

There are three dates to mark on your calendar. The Clarklake Beach and Boat Club will put on their display the evening of Tuesday, July 3rd.  If past years are any indication, the lake is in for a treat.  The Raft-o-Rama committee is busy distributing luminaries. ...

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Sunday Sunset, But Wait, There’s More

The weekend's conclusion came gift wrapped with another awesome Clark Lake sunset.  Here are two views. If you turned your head, you could see Mr. Moon peeking between the trees. Here's the "wait, there's more" section.  This sunset occurred on Monday, June 11. If you...

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Sunset on Day 3 of Summer

Summer officially began on Thursday.  In a delayed reaction, tonight's sunset seemed like a gateway to the new season.  Here are six views in chronological order. photos by Rick...

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Dam Strong Update #8

Before the rains started today, three of four Spirit Trail benches were installed at the dam, as Mike McKay explains in this 20 second video. Video produced by Rick Belcher On hand were Ann Swain, Mike McKay, Dan Omo,...

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Luminaries Ready for July 4th

The Raft-o-Rama Committee was hard at work this evening preparing for this years July 4th celebration at Clark Lake.  As in the past, Clark Lakers line the shore with the luminaries creating an awesome effect. As Joe...

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Faster Horses

Country music fans will converge upon our area for Faster Horses scheduled for Friday through Sunday, July 20, 21, 22.  Police agencies see the biggest traffic crush on Thursday as spectators stream into the MIS campgrounds. Michigan State Police will have troopers at...

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Sewer Rate Increase Meeting Called

Responding to public angst over the sewer rate increase, Columbia Township trustees will hold an informational meeting to respond. At Clark Lake, rates will go up 49% in July.  At the meeting, trustees will hear comments from the public, answer questions, and give...

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Upset about Sewers?

This website sought answers about the 49% increase in Clark Lake sewer bills.  This article probes two Columbia Township elected officials who are intimately familiar with the history and current state of Clark Lake's sewer system.  In a two-hour session on Thursday,...

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Altercation in the County Park

This evening (Tuesday) two men in the County park exchanged heated words.  Next, the fight.  The two confronted each other and fought at the scene near where two vehicles had come to rest as you will see in this video. ...

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County Park on the Ballot

August 7th, residents will be asked to vote on a property tax increase to support Jackson County parks, including the park at the east end of Clark Lake.  In this 90 second video below, you'll hear Parks Director Jeff Hovarter explain why he believes this request is...

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