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

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Head-of-the-Lake Spirit Cam 

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Clark Lake Upgrades

Clark Lake Upgrades

A Clark Lake cultural truth is the constant action to elevate what we have.  That includes the Spirit Trail and its amenities.  Over the last several years, the Trail committee has planted all-weather benches at strategic points around the lake.  With a donation to...

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Columbia Township State of Emergency

Columbia Township State of Emergency

You might not have known it, but Columbia Township has been under a state of emergency since Sunday.  Supervisor Bob Elrod declared the emergency action, as you can see in this posting on the Township website: Michigan no longer has a state of emergency in force that...

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Capturing Clark Lake’s Moments

Capturing Clark Lake’s Moments

If there were ever wisdom in the admonition to capture the moment, Clark Lake offers plenty of examples.  The everchanging visuals the lake offers supply the evidence.  In a twinkling of an eye, the scene changes, sometimes with drama. This morning Ann Swain took this...

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Note on Your Sewer Bill

Note on Your Sewer Bill

Your latest sewer bill may have arrived by now.  In the lower left hand corner you'll find a short message, "BEGINNING THIS QTR POSTMARKS NO LONGER ACCEPTED."  Here's what this change in policy means for your sewer and tax bills.  In the past Columbia Township would...

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Spirit Trail Story Walk

Spirit Trail Story Walk

Viewers of this website are well aware that Clark Lake is awash with great stories, including those about the Spirit Trail.  Through June, a new twist to "story" will appear on the section of the Trail that was formerly the Cincinnati-Northern Railway bed. This new...

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Update:  Jefferson near Sandy Beach Injury Accident

Update: Jefferson near Sandy Beach Injury Accident

It took the jaws of life to extricate 73-year old Robert P. Kinney of Clark Lake from a mangled wreck last evening (Monday, April 5).  According to Columbia Township Police Chief Jay Niles, Kinney was traveling west on Jefferson Road, west of Sandy Beach. ...

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Injury Accident on Jefferson and Sandy Beach

Injury Accident on Jefferson and Sandy Beach

Police and other emergency vehicles are at the scene of an injury accident on Jefferson near Sandy Beach.  As of 9:30 pm (Monday 4/5), Jefferson was blocked in both directions.  Both Columbia Township Police and Jackson County Sheriffs Department...

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Yacht Club’s First Weekend in April

Yacht Club’s First Weekend in April

For the Kentucky Derby, it's the first Saturday in May.  For the Clark Lake Yacht Club, it's the first weekend in April.  That's when a group of members gather to repair, replace, and prepare the docks for the new season.  Here they are in action on...

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Raft-O-Rama Super Sale

Raft-O-Rama Super Sale

The Raft-O-Rama Super Sale is going on now at Doyle's Market.  But hurry, quantities are limited.  Prices this low means these cool items won't last long! Here are the quantities of each item on sale: Hats     4 Navy (4) / 6 White (5) Kids...

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Spirit Trail Drain

Spirit Trail Drain

County crews freed up a clog drain that runs under Jefferson Road and also services the Spirit Trail.  Runoff flows underground from south of Jefferson Road near St. Rita's. Water on the Trail also accesses the drain (normally has a grate over it).  Until...

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Clark Lake Potpourri

Clark Lake Potpourri

Clark Lake always has something going on, whether it be natural encounters, fun on the lake, or changes to our infrastructure.  One of the definitions of the word potpourri is a mixture of things.  Below is Clark Lake's mixture over the last few days, as...

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Beach Bar Update

Beach Bar Update

The Beach Bar has tentatively set Wednesday, April 7 to reopen.  As this is not firm, you will want to check back for official confirmation. It's hard to drive on Ocean Beach Road without noticing the construction.  What you're seeing is work on the area...

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Spirit Trail Clean Up 2021

Spirit Trail Clean Up 2021

The Clark Lake Spirit was shining as bright as today's sun as volunteers gathered at the trailhead in the County Park and all over the lake.  The occasion was the spring clean up of the Clark Lake Spirit Trail.  This path enables runners, walkers and cyclist...

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Getting to Know the New Chief

Getting to Know the New Chief

Growing up at Clark Lake, Jay Niles never dreamed that this is where he would become Chief of Police. “As my law enforcement career unfolded, I looked to the day I would serve as chief, but little did I know that it would happen in Columbia Township.” After his 19...

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Raft-O-Rama Revs Up for the 1960s

Raft-O-Rama Revs Up for the 1960s

Raft-O-Rama is off to an awesome start.  After last year’s postponement due to the pandemic, plans are moving forward with light speed and will make up for lost time.  On this 60th anniversary of Raft-O-Rama, the theme is: The 1960s MARK YOUR CALENDAR -...

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Spirit Trail Clean Up Day

Spirit Trail Clean Up Day

A true harbinger of spring is about to happen—the annual spring clean up of the Clark Lake Spirit Trail.  The long, cold winter leaves behind its debris, and now is the time to banish its leftovers. Can you help?  Meet Dan Omo at the County Park this...

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Paving on Eagle Point Drive

Paving on Eagle Point Drive

A dusty stretch of Eagle Point Drive is heading for change. The unpaved section starts where Eagle Point Road and Eagle Point Drive meet, and extends several houses going east. Some residents in that area have taken steps to form a special assessment district (SAD) to...

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