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Columbia Township Votes to Change Status

Columbia Township Votes to Change Status

At the most recent meeting of the Columbia Township board, trustees voted unanimously to declare its intent to become a charter township.  Currently, Columbia is a general law township.  So, why the change? According to the Michigan Township Association's website, the...

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More Discussion about Hours at Township Park

More Discussion about Hours at Township Park

As reported previously on this website, the Columbia Township board voted to curtail hours at the Township Park at the west end of Clark Lake.  The vote took place in July, and since then the park now closes at 5 pm instead of 10 pm.  The change was in reaction to...

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Clark Lake Sky Dive

Clark Lake Sky Dive

Friday evening, six sky divers swooped down over Clark Lake to splash into the waters in front of the Eagle's Nest.  One after another, members of Sky Dive Tecumseh leapt from a two engine plane at 6000 feet creating a spectacle that viewers won't soon forget.  Their...

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New Meaning to Jump in the Lake

New Meaning to Jump in the Lake

This evening, the phrase "go jump into the lake" will get a new meaning.  Six members of Sky Dive Tecumseh will parachute into Clark Lake from a plane 6000 feet above.  They intend to land in front of the Eagle's Nest at 7:15 pm.  The landing target is water, not...

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Kentucky Point Tree Falls

Kentucky Point Tree Falls

If a tree falls in a forest, and no one is around, does it make a sound?  This philosophical question has been posed for years, perhaps as early as 1710.  The curious query came to mind with the events of this morning (Fri 8/12).  Bob and Laurie LaZebnik live in the...

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Saying Thank You

Saying Thank You

The weekend saw Clark Lake come together for two great events---Run Clark Lake on Saturday, and Raft-O-Rama on Sunday.  Participants turned out in large numbers.  Without an army of volunteers, the events would not have functioned. So, what follows is a great big...

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Lakeview Sign Returns

Lakeview Sign Returns

A Clark Lake tradition is back in place.  The Lakeview (West) Drive sign has been repainted. For the third time, Kelli Volk Bercik assumed the task of repairing the sign.  Julie Steffen Klein helped with the painting.  Larry Binkley, Paul Klein, and Jimmy Steffen...

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Tucker Talks about Raft-O-Rama

Tucker Talks about Raft-O-Rama

Tucker Boyers' team has been putting together Raft-O-Rama entries going back 32 years.  Some were engineering marvels.  For example, this year, live flames came out of Lady Liberty's torch.  And to be sure, his crew has had their share of wins.  This year was...

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Spirit of Clark Lake Award 2022

Spirit of Clark Lake Award 2022

Each year, the Mary Reynolds Spirit of Clark Lake Award is bestowed on a deserving member of the community.  Clark Lakers were asked to submit names in July and to place their votes in a sealed container at Doyle's Market.  Flip Reynolds announced the winner during...

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Raft-O-Rama 2022 Results

Raft-O-Rama 2022 Results

Raft-O-Rama captivated Clark Lake today.  And for good reason.  Twelve rafts, decorated to the max, paraded Clark Lake's shoreline.  On display were the awesome talent of the participants—Clark Lakers who conceived the ideas, and turned them into floating magic. This...

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Run Clark Lake Results 2022

Run Clark Lake Results 2022

Competitors, fans, and volunteers assembled for the 47th annual Run Clark Lake this morning (Sat Aug 6).  The weather was sunny and hot.  Runners got a strong dose of humidity.  That doesn’t stop a race, but it usually slows down top speeds. Race Director Pat Dwyer...

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Friday Afternoon Potpourri

Friday Afternoon Potpourri

Here's a brief update as the Big Weekend approaches at Clark Lake. In advance of Run Clark Lake, packet pick-up and pre-registration takes place between 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm today (Friday) at the Beach Bar. Saturday, August 6 at the Beach Bar 7 am - 8:15 am Race day...

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Election August 2

Election August 2

The Statewide primary election takes place today---Tuesday, August 2.  You can check out who or what is on the ballot, where to vote and other details by clicking here.  If you're unfamiliar with where to vote, that info is also available through that link. If you...

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Deer Attempts Swim across Lake

Deer Attempts Swim across Lake

This morning, Clark Lakers watched as a deer attempted to swim across the lake.  According to observers, it started from the North Shore and headed toward the South Woodland/Oakwood area.  When observed from a boat nearer the south shore, the deer appeared to be...

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Raft-O-Rama Countdown

Raft-O-Rama Countdown

Around Clark Lake, things are a bit tense. Lots of whispers, furtive glances, and secret texts.  Middle school shenanigans?  Nope.  Raft-O-Rama is almost here!  As conceptual sketches are transformed into real life entries, the mood is sotto voce.  Keep it quiet. ...

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Kids Triathlon 2022

Kids Triathlon 2022

It's no exaggeration to say Clark Lake was at its finest today.  The weather was spectacular---plenty of sunshine, warm but not hot, humidity low, and a pleasant breeze.  Most importantly, the Clark Lake Spirit was at a high.  Thirty-one of the lake's finest young...

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Eagle’s Nest Anniversary

Eagle’s Nest Anniversary

One year ago, the Eagle's Nest opened its doors. Long anticipated, Clark Lakers flocked to the restaurant in July 2021.  In recognition of the anniversary, the Eagle's Nest will present Ian Stewart on the Lakeside Patio, staged from the Band Raft this evening from 6...

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Run Clark Lake Update

Run Clark Lake Update

Run Clark Lake happens Saturday, August 6th.  Race Director Pat Dwyer reminds reduced rate early registrations end tonight at midnight.  You can sign up by clicking here. For detailed information about the Run, including past Race records, please click here.  (Also...

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Add a Hobie to the Boat Count

Add a Hobie to the Boat Count

Yesterday (Wed 7/27), a Hobie took to Clark Lake waters.  This one had not seen the light of day, nor been in Clark Lake, for at least 20 years.  Bill Searles says the last MC sticker on the hull was 2001.  So, what inspired Bill, and his son Chip, to bring back sail...

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Crab Races 2022

Crab Races 2022

Three days of races, and the crabs appear not to be the least bit tired out.  The thrills for contestants may be over, but the memories of Crab Race fun will live on.  The top adult winners scored $600, $350, and $200.  And there were more prizes for...

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History of History

History of History

Searching the past for the origins of today reveals a community’s heart and soul.  Here, it's called the Clark Lake Spirit.  Illustrative of this spirit is the story of how Clark Lake's history was researched, compiled, written, and committed to the ages in...

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Crabs Are off to the Races

Crabs Are off to the Races

Once again, the Great American Crab Races show there is no end to the fun at Clark Lake, and the 2022 edition starts this evening at the Beach Bar.  Here's the schedule. Check out the video of the final race of 2021—a ton of fun squeezed into two thrilling...

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Eagle Point Drive Drainage

Eagle Point Drive Drainage

Jackson County Department of Transportation (JCDOT) returned to Clark Lake yesterday.  Their work addressed drainage on the south side of Eagle Point Drive in the newly paved section.   The process involved removing excess dirt and gravel, laying...

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Let the Fun Begin

Let the Fun Begin

Around the lake, quiet conversations are taking place.  Then sketches are drawn.  What's this about?  Preparing an entry for Raft-O-Rama.  The big day happens Sunday, August 7th.  Decorated rafts will assemble at the west end of the lake and...

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Township Park Trouble

Township Park Trouble

Trouble in the Columbia Township Park at the west end of Clark Lake has impelled the Township board to curtail hours.  Police and neighbors report fights, use of alcohol and controlled substances, illegal parking, and bringing pets into the park. In a video...

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