Spirit Trail Extension Now Open

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An early user on opening day

Early today, the yellow barrier ribbons came down and the newly paved section of the Clark Lake Spirit Trail opened to all users.  And the response was immediate as people tried it out for the first time.

The new section follows the curve on North Lake Road, between Rita and Grand Blvd.  Now it’s possible for cyclists, runners and walkers to keep more distance from traffic on a section of North Lake where the speed limit is 45 mph.

The project is the work of the Clark Lake Spirit Trail committee headed by Ann Swain.  Tucker Boyers led the project.  Bendele Construction performed the work.  Bill Bendele said that the sealant was placed on the freshly poured concrete yesterday at midday.  The overnight curing allowed for use of the new section by this morning.  Bendele construction also was responsible for the landscaping.  The area has been seeded and other interesting enhancements are in been place with eye appeal in mind.

This new section of the trail now joins several other sections that are paved and are for the exclusive use of cyclists, runners and walkers.  The other areas include–Jefferson Road, the Magic Forest between Jefferson Road and Lakeview East, through the County Park, the old Cincinnati Northern railway bed along Hyde Road, the cut-thrus’s between Oakwood and S. Woodlands and between S. Woodlands and Sandy Beach.

The funding for this and other Trail building projects come solely through donations.  The Trail committee maintains it mostly through volunteer efforts.  And all of this reflects the spirit of those who originally conceived and developed the Trail–people like Tom Collins and George Svinicki.  There have been many praises for the Clark Lake Spirit Trail over the years.  The Trail is a wonderful enhancement to the lake we love is and made possible through the hard work of the Clark Lake Spirit Trail Committee and the many donations from our community.

DamCam Is Back!

DamCambackAfter an extended outage due to technical problems, the DamCam is once again operating as intended.  It provides live video of the Palmer Dam at Ocean Beach, and can be viewed anywhere in the world through this website.

Spirit Trail Extension Nearly Ready

Google Earth photo of North Lake Road from Rita Dr. to Grand Blvd. The extension of the Spirit Trail will follow the red path line overlaying this satellite photo.

Google Earth photo of North Lake Road from Rita Dr. to Grand Blvd. Those not exact, the red line indicates the general area of the new section the Spirit Trail.

Bill Bendele, whose construction company has been working on the Trail extension, reports that this morning his crew is applying sealer to the concrete that was poured over the last several days.  If the sealer dries, the new section could be ready for use by this evening.

The new section allows users to stay away from traffic on the North Lake curve between Rita and Grand Blvd.  Tucker Boyers heads the project with the support of Ann Swain and the Clark Lake Spirit Trail Committee.

Clark Lake Glory



Wednesday evening was a stunning example on why it pays to have a camera ready at Clark Lake. If you face west at Clark Lake, you are treated with some awesome sunsets.  So yesterday as if on cue, Clark Lakers facing the west end walked out on their docks with cameras of various kinds in hand, all hoping to catch the sunset in all its Clark Lake glory.  Below are several examples, each one taken at a different interval.  Click or tap to enlarge.  Repeat to reduce.

The above photos are all sunsets, taken Wednesday evening.  As those facing east know, sunrises can also be awesome.  The background photo for the main page of this website is a sunrise, taken by Becky Consonni, from the southwest shore of the lake.

Updates for Raft-O-Rama & Kid’s Triathalon

Kid’s Triathalon:  Register free for the Kid’s Triathalon at the Clark Lake Yacht Club at 10 am–the event starts at 11 am.  There are awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd plus participatory ribbons for all competitors.  There will be lunch for the kids after the event provided by the Yacht Club.

Raft-O-Rama:  To help build your raft, free corrugated board is available.  You can get it from Tucker Boyers at 474 S. Woodlands.  He can be reached at 529-4466.  For more on the Raft-O-Rama, click here. DSC_0032


Revised Times for Kid’s Triathalon This Sunday

Rebels looking for victory at the Fall RegattaThe Kid’s Triathalon and Sail-o-Rama take place this Sunday, July 27.  The Kid’s Triathalon includes running, swimming, and biking (helmet required).  Then all who are old enough to sail can register to participate in the Clark Lake Yacht Club’s Sunday race (life jacket required).

Registration for the triathalon is free.  Revised timesregister at 10 am and the event begins at 11 am.  Following the event, there will be an award ceremony and lunch for the kids.  There will be participatory ribbons for all competitors and awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

The event is sponsored by the Raft-O-Rama committee and the Clark Lake Yacht Club.


Spirit Trail Extension Nearly Finished

trail concrete in placeThere has been lots of progress on the extension of the Clark Lake Spirit Trail that follows the curve on North Lake Road between Rita and Grand Blvd.  All concrete has been poured and has been manicured to its final form.  Additionally, a culvert was required for drainage and that is now in place.  Bill Bendele, whose construction company is performing the work, says that the tasks still ahead include shaping the ground around the new section of the trail, laying grass seed and covering the plantings with straw.  He also indicates that he’s looking to install some final touches to enhance eye appeal.

The Clark Lake Spirit Trail committee initiated the construction so users can be farther away from traffic on that section of North Lake.   Tucker Boyers has managed the project.  Ann Swain indicates that the Spirit Trail, including the new section, is financed through donations.

culvert on trail

This culvert is required for drainage. It’s located at the west end (Grand Blvd) end of the extension that connects to Grand Blvd.

Raft-O-Rama 2014

early raft psIt’s only a matter of days until one of the year’s biggest events at Clark Lake unfolds–Raft-O-Rama on Sunday, August 3.  There is no entry fee, but you must register in advance or take advantage of late registration.  This year’s theme is Broadway Plays.

Rafts assemble at 10 am at the west end of the lake.  The parade begins at 10:30 am, follows the shoreline around the lake, and ends at Eagle Point.  The Clark Lake Lions Club will be on hand at Eagle Point, grilling chicken dinners.

If you plan to participate and/or have any questions about Raft-O-Rama, most can be answered by clicking here (you can download this PDF)–or by viewing it below.


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Clark Lake’s Gardens

Summer is blooming at Clark Lake and this is especially noticeable right now in some of our public areas.  As anyone who has tried his or her hand at gardening knows, great looking results don’t happen without a lot of hard work.  Fortunately Clark Lake has gardeners who are both willing to make the effort and are talented at what they do.

The Clark Lake Garden Angels work their magic around the Clark Lake Community Center and the triangle at the corner of North Lake and Ocean Beach Roads.  Garden Angels include Karen Bullinger, Shelly Wilbur, Sandy Simons and Ann Swain.

The garden at the corner of Hyde Road and North Lake is created and maintained by Dr. Lynn VanWagnen and family.

The Clark Lake Spirit Trail committee maintains the gardens in the Columbia Township Park and the two gardens in the County Park.  People like Dan Omo, Pat Dwyer, Sheri Bush, Kristi Allen, Ann Swain, Peggy Collins, Sally Lyons, Tucker Boyers, John Karkheck, and Don Fowler pitch in to make it happen.

Get the full effect–click or tap to enlarge each photo.  Click or tap again to reduce.

Ann Nichols Clark • 1934-2014

Ann brickClark Lake is missing one who was dearly loved–Dr. Ann Clark, who passed away this week at her Eagle Point home.  The visitation and funeral for her will take place on Tuesday.  Here are the details as found on MLive.

The family is inviting friends to join them for a lighted tribute in the Eagle Point cove on Tuesday evening at 9:45.