News & Events

What Is It?

Is this a look at a mountain range from 30,000 feet, or something else?  It's something else--waves at sunset at Clark Lake.  The breeze was stiff at sunset--enough to cause a shiver, but not enough to cause whitecaps.  Tonight's sunset below, as the sun disappeared...

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Ice Returns

Those awaking at Clark Lake this morning got a reminder that spring is not quite here.  Most of the lake surface was covered with new ice.  But, the grasp of winter is weakening. Somewhat warmer weather is on the horizon.  This afternoon the ice was breaking...

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Time Change – What’s Your Opinion?

Early Sunday (March 11), clocks go forward one hour as Daylight Savings Time takes effect once again. The topic always starts discussions and is sometimes controversial.  A past proposal in Michigan would be to keep the state on Standard Time all year.  Florida is...

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Update to the Clark Lake Spirit Website

Final touches are taking place on a major rebuild of our website. As a result, security, reliability and mobile-friendliness have all improved.  You can now search any article based on keywords (look for the magnifying glass).  The appearance and functionality have...

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A Dam Question

Bill Leutz has been busy trying to solve a longstanding Clark Lake mystery.  When was the dam at Ocean Beach built?  No formal records have surfaced, but through his research and some deductions, he's narrowed the possible time span.  Click here to read about how he...

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Sheri Bush to Conquer Antarctica

It’s not every day that one ventures to Antarctica, but to run a marathon?  On March 16 and 17, two hundred runners will tackle a challenging 26.2 mile or 13.1 mile course on King George’s Island.  Clark Lake's Sheri Bush's two week adventure begins in Buenos Aires...

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Clark Lake’s Natural Progression

Most of the ice is off the lake.  The west end is open.  The ice on the east end probably won't be around long. The hint of spring beckoned, and it didn't take long for someone to answer it.  Bill Leutz photographed this kayak on the lake from his location along the...

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Ice Breaking Up

Recent rain, warmer temperatures and today's wind are having their effect.  The ice on Clark Lake is breaking up.  According to Bill Leutz, 80 percent of the lake is open.   The video, taken by Laurie LaZebnik, shows the ice moving from west to east, crunching against...

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Flood Warning

The National Weather Service flood warning ends tomorrow (Thursday) at 1 pm. Over three inches of rain and melting snow have caused more than puddles in some areas.  The NWS says "for the most part the rain has ended but runoff from the rain will allow creeks and...

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The Thaw

The thaw comes as a relief to the stretch of single digits.  At Clark Lake this morning, the temperature bumped up to 42 degrees with high humidity, also known as fog.  Here is a photo of the west end of the lake from the intersection of Eagle Point and Lakeview West....

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Winter Storm, Part 3

The National Weather Service has lifted the winter storm warning.  The storm added to existing snow, and stands at 10 or 11 inches. But it's not over yet. Here's the forecast, as of 10 am, Saturday (revised forecast can be found on the main page of this website)....

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Winter Storm, Part 2

Friday started with the forecast snowfall, says Bill Leutz.  By 9 am, he had an inch and a half on his walk.  While the snow came down heavily, it was the lighter variety.  So he was able to sweep the snow off walks, and did so 3 times.  By 4:30 pm, there was 9 inches...

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Winter Storm Warning

Big snow is on the way, according to the National Weather Service (NOAA).  Since they are using the word "warning", here's how they break it down: WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches are expected. WHERE...Van Buren, Kalamazoo,...

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A Clark Lake Valentine

Clark Lake has been known to inspire romances.  Many of these have led to a walk down the isle, and some of those have occurred right at Clark Lake.  But this one is different.  It was during the 2015 Raft-O-Rama that Shawn Tracy proposed to Cindy Blevins.  As the...

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Pillar of Sun

This morning's dawn at Clark Lake offered a special treat--a pillar of sun.  Thanks to Ann Swain, we have this photo of it.  "History does not repeat itself; but it may rhyme" is a quote often attributed to Mark Twain.  It was precisely two years ago that Ann took the...

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A Plea for Help

Clark Lake's Jack Burns reports that his wife, Bonnie, has been diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia, a condition that destroys blood cells.  She requires a stem cell/bone marrow transplant.  Currently she has no matches in the national database of volunteer donors.  Do you...

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Watching Clark Lake Winter Fun

It's all there.  You just have to look for it.  Sharing the surface of the lake this afternoon were ice fishermen and sailors.  Laurie LaZebnik videoed the ice boats zipping around between Kentucky and Eagle Points.  The DamCam, from its perch at the east end, caught...

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Raft-O-Rama Theme for 2018

Raft-O-Rama meets each January to choose the theme for the coming season.  Committee members take fun seriously.  They know the importance of choosing a theme that will encourage participation and maximize fun.  The committee accepts and considers suggestions, reviews...

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Truck-through-Ice Driver Cited

Columbia Township Police have cited the driver of the Chevy truck that went through the ice at Eagle Point Marina shortly after midnight, Sunday, January 21.  On Friday, January 26th, Christopher Phenicie of Clark Lake was cited for "Careless Driving and Fail to Stop...

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Polar Plunge 2018

One hundred ninety-seven hardy individuals lined up on the Eagle Point Marina docks to jump into the frigid waters of Clark Lake this morning.  The event was the Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics. Plungers paraded their costumes at 10:00 am.  Then the real...

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Polar Plunge Preview

Participants are preparing for the 2018 Polar Plunge that will take place tomorrow (Saturday 1/26) at Eagle Point.  Registration begins at 8:30 am. Plungers show off their costumes beginning at 10:00 am.  The main event launches at 10:15 am. Awards and After Splash...

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Truck in Lake Update

Two people were in the Chevy truck as it plunged through the ice into 15 feet of water on the east side of the Eagle Point Marina in the dark hours of Sunday morning.  Neither the driver or passenger was injured according to Columbia Township Police.  Chief David...

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Truck Pulled Out of Lake

"When we got hold of it, it came right out," says Bill Bendele.  "Amazing."  The work to extricate the blue Chevy truck from Clark Lake started about 2 pm.  The crew lassoed the trailer hitch on the vehicle, dragged it under two docks at Eagle Point Marina.  "We had...

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Truck Underwater at Eagle Point

A truck broke through the ice at Eagle Point Saturday night or early Sunday according to Columbia Township Police.  One observer believed that a boat dock on the east side of the marina may have been damaged.  Today, police are at the scene.  Chief David Elwell...

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Wonders of the Sky

Last night's burst of light across Michigan is a reminder that there are wonders in the sky.  Rewind to a clear October evening four years ago.  If you stood on the dock that night and looked up it was as if the night sky were decorated like a Christmas tree--flashes...

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