The DamCam is back in the game. After a lengthy timeout, it is once again revealing Clark Lake moments as they occur. The lens has been adjusted so you can get a more expansive view of the lake. If you look in the upper right hand corner, you’ll notice a bit of the cove leading to Eagle Point. This will allow you to view lake conditions and perhaps some of the activity on the ice.
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Clark Lake on Christmas Eve morning
Merry Christmas from the Clark Lake Spirit Foundation!
December 24th is looking bright and sunny, but cold. The photo was taken at about 11:30 am with an air temperature of 14 degrees and plenty of water flowing over the dam.
Photo taken Saturday at about 11 am.
Swans and ducks at Eagle Point
Rain and 35 degrees and the forecast ominously points to freezing rain later. Yes, the dam is still there even if we’re not seeing live video of it from the DamCam. Please take a look at the photo. As you can see, the foot of snow on the lake has turned to slush, but the lake remains covered with ice.
And where are the ducks and swans that hang out at the lake year around? Some of them are at Eagle Point in the open water created by the bubblers.
View from Kentucky Point looking towards Eagle Point
West end looking east.. The vertical object is the totem pole at the head of the lake.
Conditions changed significantly at the lake on Friday. Rain, combined with above freezing temperatures, caused a lot of the snow to melt. The foot of snow on the lake turned to slush, and a few pools of standing water formed. The photos were taken late morning on Friday while there was still considerable fog.
It looked like a seagull had teamed up with a bunch of geese that had stopped at Clark Lake on their migration south. This would be highly unusual. Becky Consonni solves the mystery. Read about what she discovered in Natural Encounters.
This is a view from the head of the lake looking towards Eagle Point, at mid-morning on Monday.
If you’ve missed the DamCam, you have company. Technical problems have kept it down for almost three weeks. Part of the DamCam concept is to keep you up to date on the condition of the lake as the seasons change. So here is an update on where we stand.
The lake is mostly frozen over with few remaining areas of open water. About a foot of snow fell over the weekend. In spite of frigid temperatures, the snow tends to act as an insulator so stronger ice forms more slowly. Overnight from Sunday to Monday, the temperature dipped to zero. By early afternoon Monday, it had risen to 22 degrees. Winds were light so the early morning wind chill wasn’t as dramatic as it could have been.
Water is flowing over the dam, so that tell us that water levels are healthy. Hopefully the DamCam will be back in operation soon, and you’ll be able to check it out for yourself!
Just a couple days ago, there were several areas on the lake that were open. So there is a question as to whether the ice is strong enough for typical winter activities like fishing or even walking. With today’s accumulation of snow on the ice, the freeze process slows down. John Deming points out “the snow will insulate the ice from forming thicker, good ice.”
It rarely happens, if ever. But the Sandhill Cranes showed up Thursday at Clark Lake in an unusual place. For the story please go to Natural Encounters.
On Wednesday, Clark Lake still had some large areas not covered by ice. That changed overnight as the winds remained calm and temperature plunged to 8 degrees. The views in the photo are from Kentucky Point looking towards Eagle Point. While you see ice today where there was none yesterday, it doesn’t appear solid enough to walk on safely. Some areas remained open today, but the area covered by open water is steadily diminishing. For the moment, the ducks and geese are using the open water as their hangout.
The Raft-O-Rama Calendar now available at Doyles.
The Raft-O-Rama crew has debuted something that is sure to be a hot item for gift-giving. It’s a 2014 calendar featuring some of Clark Lake’s more beautiful moments. The photos feature memorable sunsets and other familiar scenes. You may know some of our local talent who contributed their photos. Here they are by month: December-John Menard, January-Carly Laginess, February- Laura Menard, March-John Menard, April-Walt Reed, May (and front cover)-Sherri Cameron, June-Kelsey Fink, July-Breton Boyers, August-Karen Menard, September-Beckey Ligibel, October-Carly Laginess, November-Cherie Rhines-Fish, December-Krissy Hull. In all, it should provide in each passing month a helping of Clark Lake beauty.
The calendar is available now at Doyles for $10. Check it out!