In November, it could be snowing sideways–or 75 degrees and sunny.  At Clark Lake, it’s been a stretch of the latter.  Because nasty weather is also a strong possibility, most docks and boats are out of the water.  So, if you took a raft ride on the most recent warm and sunny Sunday, what would you find?  C.J. Cox and her crew found out. 

To share the results, they counted what they saw.  With the exception of Eagle Point Marina, here is their census of what was still in the water:

  • Docks – 27
  • Lifts – 19
  • Rafts – 8
  • Paddle boats – 5
  • Hobies – 1
  • Sailboats – 1
  • Canoes – 3
  • Fishing boats – 2
  • Kayaks/paddle boards – 11

At the same time of C.J.’s count , 3 kayaks, a raft, a paddle board and a fishing boat were also out on the lake.   You can find the boat count from July 4, 2020 by clicking here

Below are lake photos dating from November 1st.  The first several photos show the crew from Monday, November 9th, and what they saw on the lake.  Then, two high-contrast photos catching the drama of a brief burst of morning sun against glowering clouds.  The slide show ends with two sunsets.  Dates are noted on each photo.  

  • November 9, 2020
  • November 9, 2020
  • November 9, 2020
  • November 9, 2020
  • November 9, 2020
  • Morning - November 1, 2020
  • Morning - November 1, 2020
  • Sunset - November 2, 2020
  • Sunset - November 6, 2020

Clark Lake echoes with stories of whose dock was first to go into the lake in spring, or the last to come out in the fall.  Then there these cases which could be titled “oops,” as in this video.

You’re seeing Alex Karcher doing his good deed for the day on December 21, 2019.  He said the next door neighbor planned to put in a new dock in the spring.  So, the neighbor sold the old one.  But the buyer never picked it up.  Then it got cold.  Alex found the ice had the dock supports in its firm grip, and chopping through three inches of it wasn’t working.

Alex added this note, “I love winter at Clark Lake.” He’s an attorney, lives in Columbus, and enjoys visiting his parents whenever he can, “especially in the winter.”


Photos and video: Rick Belcher