Videos to watch

United by Our Love of Clark Lake 
Raft-a-thon III
Making the Move – Graziani Cottage
Merry Christmas 2019
Christmas 2018 – Raft-O-Rama
Thanksgiving 2018Sponsors
Fall Flight 49234 – 2018
Clark Lake 2017 – Four seasons in 15 minutes
Thanksgiving – 2017 Being thankful for Clark Lake (2 minutes)
Veterans at Clark Lake – Veterans tell you their own story (16 minutes)
Andy Scott’s Video – First published on Christmas Eve 2015, it includes two years of Clark Lake in action

DamCam

View of Clark Lake from the Palmer Dam at Ocean Beach  

Head-of-the-Lake Spirit Cam 

View the west end of Clark Lake 24/7 from the Township Park.

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Clark Lake in the Brooklyn Christmas Parade

Clark Lake in the Brooklyn Christmas Parade

"I've never seen so many people at this parade before," said Flip Reynolds.  And he should know.  As a long time Clark Lake resident and former Columbia Township trustee, Flip has a good handle on events that have taken place over the years, including the annual...

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Clark Lake on Black Friday

Clark Lake on Black Friday

Once again, the Welcome to Clark Lake Sign enters into the world of Christmas giving. Thanks to Annette Fink who crafted the Welcome to Clark Lake Sign, and all who supported it, this Spirit Trail effort is a dramatic and colorful way that illustrates the Clark Lake...

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Thanksgiving Update 2022

Thanksgiving Update 2022

As you prepare for Thanksgiving, here's an update on natural conditions at your favorite lake.  Over the last few days, ice has formed overnight and covered various parts of Clark Lake.  As the days became warmer, the ice was pushed around by the wind, and for the...

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Clark Lake’s Wrinkle in Time

Clark Lake’s Wrinkle in Time

“Wrinkle in Time” suggests time travel.  What's Clark Lake's version of this?  Look no further than the Clark Lake Community Center.  In the late 1800s, this cottage was among the very first built on water's edge.  Poised on Kentucky Point, it became a Clark Lake...

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New Sewer Rates Set

New Sewer Rates Set

As previously reported, sewer rates are about to go up.  At last night's meeting, the Columbia Township board voted on the new rates for residential customers, starting January 1st.  By lake. Clark Lake $274.41 Vineyard Lake $238.11 Lake Columbia $208.41 The question...

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Venue Proposed near Clark Lake

Venue Proposed near Clark Lake

Scott Vitale hopes to create a venue near Clark Lake featuring the Country Boots & Bands brand.  Operating as Raine Productions, the organization has put on shows in surrounding townships including Summit, Napoleon and Blackman.  The one-day music concerts could...

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Snow Sunday Followed by Icy Monday

Snow Sunday Followed by Icy Monday

First the snow on Sunday, then the ice on Monday.  That's what Clark Lake woke up to.  Sunday night, the temperature dipped low enough to form ice around the dam.  Here's the proof. At the same time the DamCam captured Clark Lake's first ice of the season, the Spirit...

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House Fire Update

House Fire Update

Tuesday's fire that destroyed the house on White Road also took the life of an occupant and a dog.  The victim was 48-year old Timothy P. Rice.  An autopsy has been performed confirming the death was due to the products of combustion. The call came to the Fire...

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Polar Plunge Returns to Clark Lake

Polar Plunge Returns to Clark Lake

A very cold winter tradition returns to Clark Lake early in 2023--the Polar Plunge.  It will take place Saturday, January 28th, and once again at Eagle Point. As the organizers like to say, there will be "freezin' for a reason."  Last year, $54,000 was raised here. ...

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House Fire on White Road

House Fire on White Road

Fire destroyed a house on the north side of White Road, near Hayes Road this morning.  The location is close to Lake Columbia.  Among the crews responding were Columbia, Grass Lake, Cambridge, Napoleon, Somerset, Liberty, and Columbia Township Police. Bendele...

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Our Flag Waves Again

Our Flag Waves Again

On October 5th, Clark Lake Postmaster Tim Kurtz heard a sickening crunch.  Stepping outside, he saw why.  A driver had lost control of her car, jumped the parking lot bumper, and rammed the flag pole.  Before its demise, the pole had displayed the flag for years.  It...

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November on the Lake – 2022

November on the Lake – 2022

The tradition continues.  On the last raft ride of the season, C. J. Cox assembles a group to count the number of docks, lifts, and boats that are still in the water.  This year's count took place on November 10, the same date as last year.  In 2020, the census...

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Veterans Day 2022

Veterans Day 2022

On Veterans Day, many who served will hear these words of gratitude: "Thank you for your service."  Clark Lake also finds ways to acknowledge the day.  In fact, you can find a salute to those who served at the Clark Lake Community Center 365 days a year.  Names of...

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News Alert: Fleet 58

News Alert: Fleet 58

Four Hobie sailors from the Clark Lake Yacht Club were out on the lake this evening (Thurs 11/3).  While making a stop at the head-of-the-lake, they revealed the breaking news---Fleet 58 is back.  Yacht Club sailors have reestablished the famed fleet.  Chance Winnie...

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Philip A. Riley, Jr.  September 4, 1925 – November 1, 2022

Philip A. Riley, Jr. September 4, 1925 – November 1, 2022

Dr. Philip Riley passed away yesterday at the age of 97.  Dr. Riley was well-known at Clark Lake, a resident since 1936.  An accomplished and busy surgeon at both Mercy and Foote Hospitals in Jackson, Dr. Riley spent summers at Clark Lake as a youth, and built his own...

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Fence Damaged on Spirit Trail

Fence Damaged on Spirit Trail

The Spirit Trail is designated "non-motorized" for sections that aren't also public roads.    A fence along the path in one of those areas was damaged yesterday (Sun 10/30) by a golf cart.   Apparently the impact loosened one of the rocks that had been part of a newly...

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Trunk or Treat at Eagle Point

Trunk or Treat at Eagle Point

A classic tale begins "it was a dark and stormy night."  The good turn to the story?  No storm, and the rain stopped before Clark Lake's Trunk or Treat began.  At 5 pm, evening was on the way, and the chilly breeze off the lake provided convincing evidence that...

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Trunk or Treat Sneak Preview

Trunk or Treat Sneak Preview

Clark Lake turns spooky this evening (Wed 10/26) for the Trunk or Treat at Eagle Point.  Blair Huff gives you a sneak preview of what will happen from 5 pm - 7pm. https://youtu.be/b_iwq4VOGjQ Here’s what to expect.  Kids, 12 and under, will go table to table in the...

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