Fleet 58 Returns to Clark Lake

This sail from a Fleet 58 Hobie hangs in the foyer of the Pointe Bar and Grill at Eagle Point

This sail from a Fleet 58 Hobie hangs in the entrance of the Pointe Bar and Grill at Eagle Point

The Clark Lake Spirit Foundation is planning a Fleet 58 Regatta Reunion for the coming summer. The event, scheduled for a 10:30 am start on Sunday, July 6th, celebrates a Clark Lake historical first. Out of all the Hobie fleets in the US, Clark Lake had the most Hobies, making our lake’s Fleet number one in the nation. And the impressions and memories created in the many races that took place here are still very much alive.

Hobie sailors will be invited to enter the race with the 18-foot class start at 10:30 am; and the 16 foot class, at 10:45 am. Trophies will be awarded. And as event planning continues, there will likely be add-ons to the activities. The $30 entry fee will include a Caribbean style buffet lunch, currently scheduled at noon, at the Pointe Waterfront Deck.

CLYC BurgeeWhile the Clark Lake Spirit Foundation is sponsoring the event, the people who know how to put on an excellent sailboat race are at the Clark Lake Yacht Club. They have graciously agreed to provide the officials and other individuals necessary to operate the race. Their expertise will truly enhance the entire Regatta experience.

This one-day return of Fleet 58 to the lake will also mark the return of lots of Fleet 58 lore. It will draw out several highly interesting and entertaining stories that should prove enjoyable to many. Look for them here–as well details, as they develop.


Geese Gone?

It happened today, at least for a while. The respite came courtesy of an immature eagle. The young eagle was positioned on the ice midway between Consumers and the Yacht Club. John Deming theorized that it was looking to make a meal out of a vulnerable goose or duck. After sitting on the ice for a few minutes, the eagle took off for the other end of the lake. Those living at the west end of the lake know that there are a seemingly unlimited number of geese hanging out near a couple of large open spots. But as the eagle made its way in that direction, the geese (and ducks) apparently were not interested in becoming brunch and took flight. At least temporarily, the geese disappeared.


lake frozen

Notice the boat lift and dock piece

It’s November 28th, and on this Thanksgiving morning, Clark Lakers awoke to what?  A frozen lake!  Ice formed as temperatures dipped last night.  Although there are open areas, and the ice is not solid to walk on, the ice covers a wide expanse.

Clark Lake Christmas at Golf Course December 4th

wide_course_signThe 4th annual Clark Lake Christmas is on the way Wednesday, December 4th, from 4 pm to 8 pm.  Visit it (free admission) and you’ll find over 20 artists, boutiques and organizations, all with great gift ideas for the holidays.  And there is further good news.  In addition to filling out your Christmas list, you’ll be supporting a good cause–the Clark Lake Spirit Trail.

Here’s a preview of  who and what you’ll find: local artist Jackie Kudner with her Remagine Designs, Theresa’s Angels, Village Peddler, Sacred Touch Massage (free chair massages), Catering to the Max (baked goods and pastries), Walt’s Health Foods, Angel’s Floral Creations, Young Living Essential Oils, Stella and Dot (women’s accessories), Thirty-One (bags, organizing tools), It Works Global (health related items), Jewelry in Candles (the candles melt and find different jewelry inside each one), 517 Salon and Spa, Kiss and Make-Up (airbrush and cosmetics), MountainGirl Fitness, Jewel Kade, “Carrie Cardinal” (children’s Christmas story book), Columbia Middle School PTO (Christmas ornaments), and Ann Swain with Spirit Trail wines.

Because the Clark Lake Golf Course features dining and a full bar service at Dominick’s, you could put that on your to-do list also!


Dam Update

The carp getting ready to jump the dam last spring.

The carp getting ready to jump the dam last spring.

Here’s another sign that winter is on the way.  The CarpGuard at the dam has been dismantled and stored until next spring.  Once spring arrives again, the carp, like salmon, will likely attempt to jump the dam into the lake.  The carp are not nearly as agile as salmon, but when the water is high enough, they do slither up to the dam and make the hop.   And since we have no bears trying to fish them out before they hit the lake, the CarpGuard prevents this nasty invasive species from building their population here.

Some people viewing the DamCam spotted a dock piece trying to make its way over the dam into the stream.  That has been moved off to the side away from the water flow.  This dock piece probably found its way into the lake during Sunday’s storm.  Anyone missing a section of dock?

So many people at Clark Lake love it here and are willing to take time and make special efforts to improve the lake experience for all of us. Hats off to all who volunteer with a shout out to John Deming and Flip Reynolds.

Christmas, Clark Lake, & Our Post Office

Clarklake postmarkIf you’re thinking you want your Christmas card sent in genuine Clark Lake style, consider getting a Clark Lake postmark.  Long ago, routine Clark Lake postmarks disappeared with the coming of massive post office distribution centers located far away from here.  But you can get special treatment at our local Clark Lake Post Office.  To have an envelope imprinted with the local postmark, go to the office in person and request it.  As long as you don’t have a massive number to mail, Linda, will be happy to accommodate you.

To get a letter to its destination domestically by December 24th, mail first class by December 20th, priority mail flat rate by December 21st, and priority mail express by December 23rd.

Christmas at the Clark Lake Community Center

Christmas decor at Community Center

Christmas at the Clark Lake Community Center

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Clark Lake Community Center. John Karkheck says the Center has freshened its look this season with new decorations and are planning to donate what was previously used to a non-profit with the hope that it will help brighten the holiday for a needy family.

John also notes that the Center is “thankful to all those who have purchased the Clark Lake tumblers, commemorative bricks, or rented the CLCC during the year.” The sale of the glasses are part of a fundraising project for the Center. The tumblers would make great Christmas gifts and are still available at Doyle’s Market. The Center continues to welcome donations–and they are tax advantaged. Click here to reach their website.


First Ice

First Clark Lake ice November 24, 2013

First Clark Lake ice November 24, 2013

Guess what some people at Clark Lake saw this (Sunday) morning?  With temperatures in the teens last night, ice formed in several areas.  Winds broke up much of what was there, but it blew around with the slush remaining into evening.  Several ponds and swampy areas were fully covered in ice.  It also remained intact into night.

DamCam Update

Next time you look at the DamCam, check out the new, more expansive view.  The docks that are very close to the dam on both sides are now out of the lake, and that allows for a wider look at the lake.  The wide-angle adjustment will make it possible to get a better picture of when the lake freezes, how high the waves are, and the wildlife that hang out around the dam in the winter.

Regular viewers of the DamCam are probably aware of the occasional down time experienced over  the last couple months.  A major link in the chain that gets the image to your computer has been replaced with a  newer, more reliable version.  That should improve performance, although events like Sunday’s widespread power failure due to the storm are hard to avoid.

If you viewed the DamCam this afternoon, you probably spotted the dock piece that was trying to make its way over the dam.  Anyone looking for part of his or her dock?

Firearm Deer Season

Hunting warning on TrailAs most people are aware, firearm deer season in Michigan starts Friday, November 15.  Trail users should not go through the forested area between Jefferson Road and Lakeview as it’s possible that there will be hunting activities taking place.  For the DNR’s rundown of hunting seasons, click here.