News & Events

New Spirit Trail Benches Proposed

The Spirit Trail last night sought permission from Columbia Township to place two new Spirit Trail benches near the west end boat launch.  As part of an ongoing project, they are designed to enhance the use of the Trail, offering a place to rest and view the vistas...

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Township Confirms New Weed Treatment

The Township Board of Trustees tonight said "yes" to a new weed treatment to thwart invasive hybrid Eurasian water milfoil now present in Clark Lake.  When hybrid Eurasian water milfoil (HEWM) became a threat, lake front owners petitioned Columbia Township to create a...

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Fatal Accident on Jefferson Road

Sean Michael Chappel, a 27 year old man from Blackman Township, died this morning as the result of an accident on Jefferson Road, according to Columbia Township Police.  Here is their...

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Forever Clark Lake

It doesn't take long to realize that Clark Lake is an extraordinary place.  Even ordinary moments burst beyond the everyday expectations of most.  Then there are Forever Clark Lake moments.  You see an eagle fly over the lake, an amazing sunset melts your heart, or...

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State May Support Weed War

A bill passed by the Michigan Senate proposes the Michigan DEQ help eradicate invasive weeds in public lakes. If also passed by the Michigan house, and signed into law by the governor, this could bolster Clark Lake's war on hybrid Eurasian water milfoil (HEWM). When...

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Watching the Lake

Clark Lake presents an ever-changing view.  If you look for it, there is more than initially meets the eye---including a wide variety of vistas influenced by weather, nature, and the animal kingdom. Overcast days are plentiful during late fall and winter. But along...

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Christmas at Clark Lake 2018

Raft-O-Rama stands for fun at Clark Lake. When the committee gets together for a Christmas party, as they did Saturday night, they are true to their mission.  There was a time when being at Clark Lake for Christmas was different from today.  Years ago, if you looked...

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John Czyrka • 1962-2018

John Czyrka passed away suddenly today (Sunday, December 2nd).  You may have known him as Barbara Lyons' husband, and the son-in-law of Dorothy Lyons.  You may also know that Dorothy, who was a part of Clark Lake her whole life, departed this fall, in her 90th year....

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Big Fireworks Planned for July 13th at Clark Lake

Big fireworks are planned for July 13 at Clark Lake this summer.  What’s the occasion? Ralph Mahalak Jr and his family are celebrating the completion of their new cottage in the Kentucky Point cove.  And they want to share this milestone with the lake.  “We’re...

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Countdown to Raft-O-Rama 2019

As cold winds sweep across the lake, it's important to remember that this, too, will change.  There will be a warm August weekend when competition will add to the heat.  Runners will lace up, sprint and perspire to cross the Run Clark Lake finish line.  The next day,...

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Weeds and Weed

The Columbia Township board dealt with both kinds tonight--invasive weeds in Clark Lake, and the kind, now legal, that some will light up. The board unanimously voted to opt out of allowing the sale and distribution of marijuana anywhere in Columbia Township.  Don't...

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Thanksgiving at Clark Lake

Sponsors of this website are a key to its success.  Even though no one who creates, contributes or produces content is compensated, there are third party expenses.  Among them are costs of hosting for the website and DamCam, for domain names, and for developer coding....

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Thanking Veterans Today

On this November 11th, many veterans will hear "thank you for your service."  Clark Lake has its share of those who those who did their part to defend our country.  Some of them, part of what is called the Greatest Generation, are no longer with us.  One of them was...

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First Snow 2018

First light at Clark Lake revealed the first snow of the season.  The lake has its own magic, and doesn't hesitate to put it on display. Clark Lake has away of engaging you during every season.  Click the 60 second video to catch the feeling....

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Veterans Day Salute 2018

In this salute, Becky Consonni tells the story of her father's wartime service and the arrival of a surprising Facebook message 70 years later.  Here's her story. This story begins with a shed.  The shed was built by my father in 1979 adjacent to our Oakwood Avenue...

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Wind Power

Going on now at Clark Lake (Sunday, Nov 4 3:15 pm), a courageous soul is working on capturing the wind to take him for a ski.  It's not a warm and sunny a day.  The temperature is 50, there is a variable wind.  If wet, there must be a windchill factor, too.  Preparing...

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Turn Back Time

Here's your twice yearly reminder.  Clocks go back one hour 2 am Sunday.  Many of today's clocks will reset themselves.  But some won't.  If you need a time check, click here. If you need a little music to accompany your resetting activities, click on this Cher video...

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How to Pay It Back and Pay It Forward in One Easy Lesson

by Joe Collins In the early morning hours of April 8, 2017, my youngest son was involved in a car accident.  That he and the driver both survived was astounding.  That Bryan, my son, would find himself home now and in relatively good shape, is somewhat miraculous. The...

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Outdoor Living Space Ordinance Nixed

The Columbia Township Board tonight voted to delete the outdoor living space regulation known as 20.11. The proposed addition to zoning ordinances raised significant public concern and was increasingly opposed.   For almost five years, the Columbia Township Planning...

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Graveyard Humor

Can there be such a thing as graveyard humor?  A Google search will turn up epitaphs that suggest "yes."  In the Clark Lake cemetery is found this headstone.  Read it carefully.  Anyone who lives on the lake or gets their water from a well can identify with...

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Boyfriends

In "Boyfriends", Laurie LaZebnik spills the beans about "all the boys I've loved."  In this Clark Lake author's new story, read about how it all started and where it ended up.  Click here! "Boyfriends" joins other stories under Tales.  The Tales section hosts stories...

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Spirit Trail Enhancement

The Clark Lake Spirit Trail Committee is working on plans to enhance it.  The Trail is supported entirely through private donations, and recognizing those contributions illustrates the community's widespread support. A new wall of donors is in the plans.  It will...

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Flight 49234

Flight 49234 took off early on Monday, October 22. Did you miss your flight?  There is good news.  You can review the flight via this 3 minute video, below.  The flight begins at Eagle Point, heads toward the Kentucky Point Cove, follows the North Shore, explores the...

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Sunday Sunset Peeks Thru

As the afternoon progressed, the sun appeared, reassuring all at the lake that it had been up there all the time.  And when the sun made its departure for the day, it left behind a reminder that Clark Lake excels when it comes to sunsets.  The first two photos were...

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Golf Carts Find Support

Chris Kudner told the Columbia Township Board of Trustees that he is delivering a petition of 100 people who support the legal use of golf carts at Clark Lake.  Acknowledging safety concerns, he suggested a compromise.  Police Chief David Elwell has a different view. ...

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