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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Barry Marsh Appointed Township Supervisor

Barry Marsh Appointed Township Supervisor

The Columbia Township board appointed Barry Marsh as supervisor tonight.  Since 2008, that position was held by Bob Elrod, who passed away recently. Trustees reviewed these options at tonight's meeting: 1) to appoint an individual with a known interest in serving...

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Regatta 2021 Results

Regatta 2021 Results

Day 2 of the Clark Lake Yacht Club Fall Regatta arrived with more wind.  That increased speeds and reduced times.  The day also delivered a repeat of Saturday's abundance of sun.  Temperatures in the mid 70s made it all the more comfortable for...

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Regatta 2021 – Day 1

Regatta 2021 – Day 1

The winds weren't perfect, but otherwise the weather was excellent for day one of the Clark Lake Yacht Club Fall Regatta.  Thirteen boats competed in all three races.  Eight were in the Rebel class and five were Wayfarers.  Due to light winds, all three...

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Passing the Torch

Passing the Torch

As previously reported, the Community Center Board asked the Clark Lake Spirit Foundation to assume ownership and operate this historic structure in the County Park.   The Foundation agreed to accept it, and the County has approved a new license with the...

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Ghost Raft on the Lake

Ghost Raft on the Lake

A ghost raft is floating down the lake (west to east).  At this writing, it has floated eerily past the Yacht Club, heading east.  Is it yours? Thanks to Fritz Wilger for the photo.   

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Spirit Trail and the Roads

Spirit Trail and the Roads

The question comes up, sometimes at precisely the wrong time, what side of the Trail should I be on?  Or, what side of the road? Turns out, the answer depends on your mode of transportation and where you are.  When on the Clark Lake Spirit Trail (off road),...

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September 11, 2021

September 11, 2021

It was twenty years ago today that four coordinated terrorist attacks killed nearly 3,000 people in America.  In this video, six Clark Lakers and the Columbia Township Fire Chief, tell how it affected them.  Ages and background of participants vary to...

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Robert Elrod

Robert Elrod

Columbia Township Supervisor Robert Elrod has died.  Bob Elrod was first elected supervisor in 2008.  Township Treasurer John Calhoun comments "Bob put the community above everything...we have lost a champion for our community."    A Township news...

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Regatta Returns

Regatta Returns

After the 2020 hiatus, a Clark Lake tradition returns.  The Clark Lake Yacht Club will hold its 60th annual Fall Regatta on Saturday, September 18, and Sunday, September 19.   The Club is welcoming five classes to the competition---Rebels, Interlakes,...

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Blake’s Store – Uncovering Clark Lake’s Past

Blake’s Store – Uncovering Clark Lake’s Past

Every so often, a piece of Clark Lake's past reveals itself.  This happens when a cottage is coming down to replaced by a new house.  Or it could happen during repairs.  While a crew worked on the house at Hyde and Oakwood, some of that past...

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Remembering Meredith and Fleet 58

Remembering Meredith and Fleet 58

Friends and family gathered at the Beach Bar to remember Meredith and John Szostek.  Here are some of the smiling faces of those who came to remember them.   At the event, Meredith's son, Gerald Burns, addressed the group....

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Visitor from Kalamazoo

Visitor from Kalamazoo

On Wednesday, August 25, Roger Lepley, AIA, left Kalamazoo and headed east on I-94 toward Clark Lake.  Why is this noteworthy?  Clark Lake has a connection with Roger, and it's visible every summer day.  Roger is president of Consort Corporation. ...

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Ford Field 2021

Ford Field 2021

Ford Field 2021 made up for the lost year.  Neighbors and friends gathered for the 8th Annual Ford Field party this evening in the South Woodlands.  As summer draws to a close, it's a last blast before the new season announces itself.   Ford Field...

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Celebrating Meredith Szostek’s Life

Celebrating Meredith Szostek’s Life

Longtime Clark Lake resident Meredith Szostek passed away in October, 2020.  Because of restrictions then in place, a celebration of her life had to be delayed.  On Sunday, August 29, that delayed remembrance will take place.  Meredith's son,...

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Foundation to Own and Operate the Community Center

Foundation to Own and Operate the Community Center

Three times this year, this website reported on changes ahead for the Clark Lake Community Center.  The Community Center is one of two non-profit (501c3) organizations at the lake.  The mission of the Community Center board has been to own and operate the...

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Hail to Our Chiefs

Hail to Our Chiefs

Recently support for the Columbia Township police and fire departments came through loud and clear.  In the August election, millages for both departments passed overwhelmingly.  The outcome neither increases or decreases the dollar amount that is applied to...

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US127 Repaving

US127 Repaving

Going to and from Jackson?  Starting Tuesday, August 24th, one lane of US127 from Liberty Road to Ayers will be closed for resurfacing.  MDOT comments "traffic will be reduced to one lane with a traffic signal during daytime hours. An alternate route is...

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Eagle Point Paving Approved

Eagle Point Paving Approved

Columbia Township has approved a special assessment district to pave the dirt section of Eagle Point Drive.  The affected area starts where Eagle Point Road (heading north) ends, and Eagle Point Drive (heading east) begins.  Over a period of months, and...

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