Pointe Sign Update–Eagle Point and Jefferson Roads

This morning (4/29), a crew took down the sign.  According to one of them, the sign will be refurbished.

This morning (4/29), a crew took down the sign. According to one of them, the sign will be refurbished.

It appears there is a legal conclusion over the controversial sign advertising the Pointe Bar and Grill, located at the corner of Eagle Point and Jefferson Roads. The Cit Pat reports attorneys involved agreed to end the case on April 17th.  For MLive details, please click here.

Comment from R. Consonni:

Congratulations to the Dunigans for having their sign back! You would think that this small community would embrace the great job the Dunigans are doing at Clark Lake. Someone needs to fine the land owner next door for his blatant attempt at blocking The Pointe’s sign. I noticed that it absolutely has no use and is an eye sore. You have to wonder how much these lawsuits that the township has pending are costing us taxpayers. I hope that the sewer issue is resolved soon!

If You Think Spring Is Slow in Coming to Clark Lake–

Mackinaw City dock

Mackinaw City dock

Paradise Lake near Mackinaw City

Paradise Lake near Mackinaw City

–Just drive north for an eye-opener.  Hugh Harris, from the Clark Lake Yacht Club, checks in with two photos taken on Saturday, April 26th in the Mackinaw City area.  Both show plenty of ice still evident!

More Clark Lake Spring

Clark Lake's crystal clear, but chilly, water flowing over the dam at Ocean Beach

Clark Lake’s crystal clear, but chilly, water flowing over the dam at Ocean Beach

This area of Hayes had grand canyon-size potholes until recently

This area of Hayes had Grand Canyon-size potholes until recently

Not a warm day, but Saturday looked good!  There was lots of sun, but the high temperature was only 57…and it was accompanied by a stiff northwest wind.  The water temperature checked in at 55, still very chilly.  Even so, more docks went in and there were several fishing boats, speedboats and rafts on the lake.

There has been some road repair around the lake.  Until a couple of days ago, there were potholes big enough to swallow a small car on Hayes between Jefferson and Eagle Point Drive.  Gravel has covered them–giving drivers a fighting chance, although this kind of road surface is a challenges for those on bicycles.

Live 24/7 video from the DamCam should be restored soon.

Clark Lake Spring Update

No report on their success

No report on their success

After yesterday’s all too short preview of the coming season, today felt like a step back. Monday at Clark Lake, the high temperature reached 75 degrees. The water temperature was 58 degrees. Today the air temperature barely pushed past 50, and the west northwest winds added a reminder that it’s still April after a long, cold winter. Today’s water temperature dropped to 52 degrees.

But docks are sprouting everywhere. Every day boats launch from the ramp at the head-of-the-lake, and typically make a beeline directly to where they will be moored for the season. The boats spending time on the lake are there for fishing.

Jefferson Road Update

Photo taken on Sept 11 at 10:10 am - Q Lane and Jefferson Rd

Photo taken during Jefferson Road repairs on Sept 11 at 10:10 am – Q Lane and Jefferson Rd

MLive reports that money is flowing in the direction of the Jefferson Road repairs from 127 to Brooklyn.  Click here for the story.

April Snow at Clark Lake

View of Clark Lake looking northwest from an Eagle Point shore

View of Clark Lake looking northwest from an Eagle Point shore

If April showers bring May flowers, what does an inch of snow on the ground on a mid-April  morning bring?  Last night snow began to fall furiously and the temperatures dropped to around 25.  The fresh coating this morning is an all too vivid reminder of a winter that won’t soon be forgotten.  The gusty winds out of the northwest this morning are a total contrast to Sunday’s breezy 73 degrees!

Clark Lake Wine Tasting May 22nd

The 6th Annual Women’s Wine Tasting that benefits the Clark Lake Spirit Trail is scheduled for May 22nd 6:30-9 pm at The Beach Bar.  Kelly Petitto says “tickets are limited and go fast.”  The $25 ticket includes wine tasting, appetizers and prizes.  It will be a fun evening and a great way to celebrate the upcoming summer!  Tickets will be available by the end of this week. Contact Ann Swain or Kelly Petitto to get yours.

What’s New with the Clark Lake Spirit Trail

There might have been a time that if someone thought of running around the lake that he or she would sit down and rest until the thought passed. Not anymore!

Sheri Bush, Trish Boyers, Ann Swain on the Trail in the County Park

Sheri Bush, Trish Boyers, Ann Swain on the Trail in the County Park

The Clark Lake Spirit Trail is being used frequently and with passion. And today (Saturday) a number of individuals volunteered their time and effort to cleaning it up and putting a fresh face on it for the new season. Here are some of those who brought their efforts to bear on this project. You may know some of them: the Baker’s, Trish Boyers, Sheri Bush, John Karkheck, the Lajdziak’s, Danny Omo, and Ann Swain. Before today’s clean up, an “angel” or “angels” cleaned up the section of the Trail going through the County Park and the area around the monument to Tom Collins. The Trail committee has big thanks to everyone who came out today and to the “angel(s)” whose identity remains a mystery.

Sections of the Trail are being adopted by individuals and groups who will watch over their area and help out as needed. Here’s how the adoption process is going: S. Woodlands to Sandy Beach cut-thru, the Baker’s; Sherri Cameron, the magic forest; Dick Cochran, the area parallel to Hyde Road (former Cincinnati Northern Railroad bed); Kathy Hendges, Hyde Road; Don Fowler and the Lajdziak’s, Jefferson Road; and Oakwood to S. Woodlands cut-thru, a group working with Trish Boyers. The committee is looking for individuals or a group to adopt one or both gardens in the County Park at Ocean Beach and the one garden in the Township Park on Hyde Road.

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Danny Omo working on the Jefferson Road section of the Trail

Tucker Boyers continues work on the project to pave an area separate from traffic from Rita Drive to Grand Boulevard on the North Lake Road curve. Cars travel at 45 mph in that area, so having separate pavement for the Trail users will increase safety for both those on the Trail and drivers using North Lake.

Establishing the Clark Lake Spirit Trail has been a huge effort made possible only by contributions of both work and monetary donations from many. Because of its success, maintaining and improving the Trail remains an important objective by those who love Clark Lake and want to enhance the Clark Lake experience.

 

The 2014 Clark Lake Melt

Water is pooling in a typical spring fashion around the lake.  But there has been no evidence of unusually high water that could be expected after a winter with heavy snow and ice.

Water is pooling in a typical spring fashion around the lake. But there has been no evidence of unusually high water that could be expected after a winter with heavy snow and ice.

In spite of warmer weather, some snow and ice refuses to leave us.  This snow plows at Eagle Point left these mountains.  Click the photo to enlarge it and notice the black mountain behind the white mountain.

In spite of warmer weather, some snow and ice refuses to leave us. The snow plows at Eagle Point left these mountains. Click the photo to enlarge it and notice the black mountain behind the white mountain.

No report on their success

No report on their success

Given the nefarious nature of this winter’s weather, there was some expectation of continued chicanery from Mother Nature this spring. But this spring is significant for what’s been missing—no flooding, abnormally high lake water level, ice piling up damaging property like seawalls, nasty storms (so far) or a feared fish kill.

Cooler weather is in the forecast next week, but today (Saturday) was truly brought a genuine feeling of spring with a high around 73. Some docks have gone into the lake and several fishing boats have been spotted.

A WILX news report last night had a DNR spokesman telling of fish kills in some Michigan lakes. This happens when there is not enough oxygen in the water under the ice, and fish die during the winter. Once the thaw occurs, they wash up on the shore. So far there has been no evidence of this at Clark Lake.

Have something you’d like to report to this website? It’s easy. Email it to clarklakespirit@gmail.com.

 

The Kids Are Ready to Run

Fifth graders from Columbia Middle School are in training for the big day–Saturday, May 17th. It’s on that day at 10 am, that a group of Jr. Soul 2 Soul runners will run from the County Park at Ocean Beach and head towards the magic forest between Lakeview East and Jefferson Road. This 5k run has a mission—to teach the life-long benefits of goal setting and exercise.

The kids have been training after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays since April 8th. They’ll continue to be coached by volunteers thru May 15th.

Each participant will be the proud wearer of a the Jr. Soul 2 Soul 5k Run t-shirt, and there are other goodies to be had.

For more information, please contact Sheri Bush. Website email: clarklakespirit@gmail.com.