Seagull Mystery, Solved!

Geese on Clark LakeIt 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.

Missing the DamCam

This is a view from the head of the lake looking towards Eagle Point, taken mid-morning on Monday.

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!

Ice Safety

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.”

Thursday’s Ice Update

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Wednesday

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Thursday

 

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.

Just in Time for Christmas

The Raft-O-Rama Calendar now available at Doyles.

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!

Lost Jet Ski Saga

chopping the iceOn Friday a loose Waverunner jet ski floated in and beached itself along the Eagle Point shoreline (facing west).  When the lake refroze on Sunday, the jet ski became firmly ensconced in about four inches of ice.  Today a crew from Columbia Township Police and Fire, led by Sgt. Jay Niles and Fire Chief Shawn Lutz, chopped through the ice and pulled the jet ski out of the lake.  They used a lot of arm power aided by a cable attached to the front of one of their vehicles to drag it through the yard and to Eagle Point Road where it was pushed onto a flat bed trailer and hauled away.

Police were able to contact the person to whom the jet ski was registered, but were told that he no longer owned it.

Ice Breakers

Chopping the ice

B.J. Lyons and Brad Poling create a passageway through the ice to shore

This year, the lake froze with several boat lifts and docks still in the lake.  With the freeze looking like it’s here to stay for the winter, efforts were made to remove valuable items before it’s impossible to pull them out.  Today B.J. Lyons along with Brad Poling from Eagle Point Marine chopped a channel in the ice to the Vanderembse lift so it could be floated in.  B.J. and Brad used axes to make there way out to create the passageway.  According to B.J. “you could stand on the ice but if you jumped on it, the ice gave some without breaking through, and felt a bit like a trampoline.”  And how difficult was the job?  “A lot easier when there’s no ice!,” says B. J.

First freeze

B.J. Lyons and Mike McCarthy pull B.J.’s boat and dock out during the first freeze. The ice was thin for the first freeze. The ice on Sunday was a much bigger challenge.

About an inch of ice formed overnight from Saturday to Sunday.  Early morning risers were greeted with clear ice–as there was no wind as the ice began to form overnight. But seeing the bottom will probably not be possible with the view obscured by a layer of snow that slowly fell Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday evening into Thanksgiving morning the lake also froze.  But with rain that came later along with temperatures approaching 60 degrees, the lake once again opened.  Given the current forecast, this current freeze could remain until the spring thaw.

Lost and Found Jet Ski

photo (50)About two days ago, a jet ski became beached just off the shoreline along Eagle Point (facing west).  For further information or to claim this jet ski, contact the Columbia Township Police Department.  With the lake about to freeze again, time is of the essence.

Shortest Winter Ever?

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No ice this morning!

With several days above freezing culminating in rain and an overnight temperature of close to 60 degrees, Clark Lake lost its covering of ice sometime during the night.  Given the forecast of plunging temperatures, the respite from approaching winter is not likely to last for long.