News & Events

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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Going for Clark Lake Gold

It was there tonight, and with no effort, you could grab it.  Another remarkable Clark Lake sunset staged the beginning of another weekend. And after that, there was this. But wait, there's more!  Before either of the preceding, this started it off. What about last...

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Why Clark Lake Grinder Pumps Cost More

As reported previously on this website, the quarterly cost to property owners using the Clark Lake sewer system will rise by 49%.  You will see this increase in your next bill from Columbia Township.  The Township explained the reason as the cost to replace failing...

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The 49% Sewer Rate Increase for Clark Lake

As previously reported on this website, Columbia Township has created a mailing that is set to go out to those in the sewer system.  In the letter, the Township explains why they thought it was necessary to boost rates. The Township created these flow charts to...

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Flying at Lake

This morning (Wednesday), a seaplane made its presence known at the lake.  Some watched from their docks, and anyone at the lake certainly heard the plane as it landed and took off.  Below are photos of its taxi on the water from the east end to the west end.  Once in...

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Memorial Day Parade 2018

Along with somber respects for the fallen, Clark Lake's Memorial Day parade celebrated America.  The sun shown brightly, the skies were deep blue, and temperatures definitely summer-like.  Below, please take one minute and enjoy Michigan's biggest little parade....

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A Nasty Turn of Events

While being towed, this raft flipped over and landed upside down on the Spirit Trail, just west of Q Lane.  According to Columbia Township Police, "he was turning west bound onto Jefferson Road from Hayes and turned wide, causing the trailer to go off the road, and...

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Memorial Day Monday

Keeping with the Clark Lake tradition, the Memorial Day Parade will take place at 8:30 am Monday.  The parade assembles at the schoolhouse on North Lake Road.  It proceeds south on Hyde Road and turns around at the Township Park and heads north.  Do you want to join? ...

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View from the Center

Today marks a new beginning for the Clark Lake Community Center newsletter.  The View from the Center, published every spring and fall, is now online.  You can now access the new digital version by clicking here.  Or go to www.clarklakespirit.com, use the menu to go...

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Dam Strong Update #7

The promised greening of the dam is happening!  Wilcox Lawn and Landscaping placed the sod around the concrete areas of the dam basin this week.  They also installed an irrigation system that you will see in action as Mike McKay attempts to stay dry....

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Clark Lake Sewer Rates to Rise 49%

Starting in July, quarterly Clark Lake sewer rates will rise from $157.23 to $234, an increase of 49%.  The increase supports the replacing of grinders.  Each property that has sewer service has one of these.  Given the age of the system, replacements will become...

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Mid Week Magic

If you're looking for some mid week magic to tie you over to the weekend, here it is.  Wednesday evening produced another awesome Clark Lake sunset.  Here are photos, presented in sequence. Photos by Rick Belcher...

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Greening of the Dam – Update #6

Crews are working on bringing green to the area around the overflow.  This is part of the Dam Strong project. View from the DamCam A major part of the project is complete--the rebuilding the south shoulder.  Prior to the reconstruction, weakness threatened the...

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Home Invasion at Vineyard Lake

The Columbia Township Police Department has issued this advisory: "The Columbia Township Police Department is currently investigating a home invasion that occurred on Santa Monica at Vineyard Lake. "The elderly resident called a friend to report the incident, who in...

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Bow Hunting Carp

Carp swimming in the dam basin are easy prey, if you're good with a bow and arrow.  In this video, see how it's done.  Video: Rick Belcher Carp are an invasive species and one of their targets is Clark Lake.  They swim...

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Dam Strong Update #5

Big progress was made today toward finishing the Dam Strong project.  The area was surveyed for the laying of a concrete apron around the dam basin that will slow down dirt and other debris from filling the basin.  The area for four cement platforms to support Spirit...

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Dam Strong Update #4

Work is proceeding on the next phase of the Dam Strong project.  Concrete will be laid around the dam to cut down on dirt and other debris that might find its way to the basin. Four concrete pads are being created that Spirit Trail benches will rest upon.  A crew from...

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Mid May Sunset

This May 15th evening, Clark Lake delivered another feast for the eyes.  On its way west, the sun left changing impressions.  Starting with earlier and going to later, here are some of them. Photos:  Rick Belcher After a day of fearlessly watching carp trying jump the...

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Rain Pauses

The rain paused midday Sunday, but more could be on the way before this weather system moves on.  Since the beginning of May, about four and a half inches have fallen. What has that done for the level of the lake? It's up, as you can see in the photo above, taken...

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Polls Open until 8 pm

It's election day, and for many, there is just one ballot question, a renewal of a property tax.  Here's the language. OPERATING MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on...

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