It’s early in the season, and Divers Mast has already tested the cold waters of Clark Lake.  The group trains at the west end of the lake and uses the Township Park as a point of debarkation. 

Gary Merritt checks his gauge that records temperatures & other data about a dive.

So on this Saturday, May 6th, just how cold are Clark Lake’s waters?  Gary Merritt says “It depends on depth.  We dive to about 22 feet, and the temperatures range between 54 and 57.”  This isn’t the teams first dive.  Says Gary, “the water is colder today than it was a few days ago when we were last here.”  Not exactly encouraging for those pushing to start Clark Lake’s season of fun early.  The cold doesn’t stop Divers Mast.  Jim Hall notes “our first dive at Clark Lake this year was on St. Patrick’s Day.”

What do divers find in the depths at the head-of-the-lake?  Clark Lake harbors an underwater fleet.  It consists of sailboats, runabouts, and row boats.  Add to that a boat lift, two jet skis, a snowmobile, and sleds.  They are tied up at their own underwater yacht club, near their dock.  And all of this is 20 feet underwater.  You can read all about it by clicking here.

Another query is what the waters off Eagle Point conceal?  Last summer brothers Connor and William Stewart suited up for a good look.  They entered the water at Point’s shore, and followed the drop off to its deepest area.  You can explore that dive with underwater video by clicking here.

That wasn’t their only underwater exploration last summer.  Connor and William visited an underwater marker in Clark Lake that memorializes a 1990 plane crash that took the life of its pilot.  To see video and read about this, click here.

Divers take the precaution of letting boaters know they are underwater.  According to the Divers Mast’s Jim Hall, “divers stay within 100 feet of their flag, and boaters should stay at least 200 feet from it for the safety of all.”