News & Events

Hyde Road Hit and Run Update

As reported on this website, Columbia Township Police say a hit and run incident damaged fencing along the Township Park on Hyde Road.  Police Chief David Elwell indicated at the time that they were investigating.  This morning, he issued this statement: "Sometime in...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Spirit Trail’s Magic Forest

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Spirit Houses

What would you call an small, intricately adorned house located along the Clark Lake Spirit Trail?  A Spirit House, of course. Four of them have recently appeared along the north shore.  Each has its own story, and there will be a time to reveal their secrets.  For...

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Surprise Sunset

Earlier in the evening, you would not have guessed at this one.  But suddenly, in its glory appeared another awesome Clark Lake sunset.  Check out the two versions below taken at slightly different times, but not far from the other along the Eagle Point shore.  The...

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Dam Strong Update #1

Work has begun to restore the integrity of the dam at Ocean Beach.  Repairs will fortify the south shoulder of the dam.  A previous restoration of the north shoulder took place in 2012.  Both projects were accomplished through donations to the Clark Lake Spirit...

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Weekend Rain Lifts Spirits

Is it possible for rain to lift spirits?  See how it happened this weekend at Clark Lake--a weekend that started with warm weather and a Friday evening sunset.  Watch the short video. Concern over the dry spell was...

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Community Center Gets Support

Over 100 people showed up tonight to support the Clark Lake Community Center at its Oktoberfest Harvest Moon event, and to have fun doing it.  At $50 a ticket, this biennial event plays an important role in financing maintenance of the lake's historic 120-year old...

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Swamp Dried Up

In an unusual turn of events, the swamp between Eagle Point Road and Lakeview West has dried up.  How unusual is this?  Dave Curtis says "I only saw this happen one other time, and that was in 1988."  The swamp is on Dave's property.  He's lived at Clark Lake since...

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You’ve Been Ghosted!

It could happen any day from now until the end of October.  Some item or items show up your doorstep, like a gourd, pumpkin, or other fall item.  And with it, a note that says "you've been ghosted."  These things happen under cover of night, and anonymously.  The...

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A Gusty Saturday

The day started soggy, then cleared followed by gusty winds.  That was enough to lure a Hobie onto the lake.  And true to form, the Hobie literally flew from one side of the lake to the other. But then another Hobie trait revealed itself.  A big, unexpected, gust...

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More Dam Information

Facts are gradually emerging that offer enlightenment about the origin and history of Clark Lake's dam at Ocean Beach.  This one is a surprise. Ted Ligibel carefully researched and wrote the history of Clark Lake, published in Clark Lake, Images of a Michigan...

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Moon over Mud Point

As the 7 am hour approached, the moon shone brightly over Mud Point, from a perspective along the Eagle Point Road shoreline.  As the moon drew closer to the horizon, one could almost see it move.   Nearing the treeline, the moon appeared to expand in size through the...

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Community Center’s Oktoberfest

October 14th will be here before you know it.  That's the date for the Community Center's biennial fundraising event.  More than a way to support the historic building in the County Park, it's a major social gathering.  To provide expanded room, it's being held this...

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Weather Changed

Clark Lake's weather changed from unseasonably warm to what you might expect for the latter part of September.  And with the change came some sunset drama.  It's not unusual to have an awesome sunset at Clark Lake, and last night was no exception.  Similar photo at...

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Regatta 2017 Final Results

More wind sped the competitors along on day two of the Clark Lake Yacht Club's Fall Regatta.  Two races yesterday and two, today, provided the numbers needed to determine the winners.  Or did they?  It turns out there was a three-way tie for first place for the...

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