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Raft-O-Rama 10 Things

Raft-O-Rama 10 Things

Raft-O-Rama is coming up faster than you think---Sunday, August 4th.  The theme is "video games".  And there are almost an infinite number of possibilities. Remember that nearly every board game has a video version, plus the many games that are video...

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Fireworks Almost Didn’t Happen

Fireworks Almost Didn’t Happen

Every detail of Mahalak's Saturday night fireworks was extensively planned out.  Advance work meant that every consideration would fall into place, carefully choreographed.  Starfire Fireworks had arrived with the proper equipment, and on schedule, so the...

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Eagle Point and Jefferson:  Two Accidents this Weekend

Eagle Point and Jefferson: Two Accidents this Weekend

Both accidents caused property damage, were not considered serious by police, and involved rear-end collisions.  But were there underlying causes? As reported earlier on this website, the first accident occurred Friday, about 6:30 pm.  Columbia Township...

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Crab Races Underway

Crab Races Underway

The kids warmed up the Great American Crab Race table this afternoon at the Beach Bar.  And the winning is only beginning. https://youtu.be/tL24pL6_6AE   There is much more to come.  Like to know more?  Here are the details. Events like these don't...

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Mahalak’s Celebrate Clark Lake

Mahalak’s Celebrate Clark Lake

As a way to say thank you to Clark Lake for years of great times, the Mahalak's presented an awesome fireworks display this evening.  It was also a way to celebrate the completion of the Mahalak's two side-by-side cottages.  The celebration began with...

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Another Jefferson/Eagle Point Road Accident

Another Jefferson/Eagle Point Road Accident

Traffic was slowed in the 6 pm hour (Friday, July 12) due to an accident at an intersection that is coming up in the news all too frequently.  Once again Jefferson and Eagle Point Roads were the scene of another mishap.  The activity was cleared by 7:20...

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Crab Races Start Sunday

Crab Races Start Sunday

Clark Lake's Great American Crab Races start Sunday at the Beach Bar.  Here are the details. Check out the excitement of last year's final race in the video. https://youtu.be/k9C_EgHCGVo Click here for more about the Great American Crab Races....

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Rhyming Sunsets

Rhyming Sunsets

It's safe to say there are never two sunsets exactly the same.  There will always be seven points of difference.  Attributed to Mark Twain was the axiom that while history doesn't repeat, it often rhymes. If that is true of sunsets, the Monday and Tuesday's...

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Fireworks Saturday July 13 at Clark Lake

Fireworks Saturday July 13 at Clark Lake

The Mahalak's promise a big show Saturday night, July 13th. The occasion?  The completion of their side by side cottages in the Kentucky Point cove. The fireworks, almost 1000 shells, will be launched from a barge.  Ralph Mahalak Jr says the barge will be...

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Clark Lake Spirit Foundation Welcomes New Directors

Clark Lake Spirit Foundation Welcomes New Directors

The Clark Lake Spirit Foundation recently elected three new directors to its board.  The Foundation welcomes Kevin Thomson, Melissa Owings Wilcox, and Josie Hones.  Josie Bullinger Hones The Bullingers first came to Clark Lake in 1942.  Josie's family...

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Menard’s Fireworks Rock Clark Lake

Menard’s Fireworks Rock Clark Lake

Clark Lake has Evelyn Menard to thank for tonight's awesome display.  At 95, she loves fireworks as much as ever, and shared that love with the lake once again.  Evelyn's family comes together every year for this event, and each member has a role to...

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Clark Lake’s Creative Kids

Clark Lake’s Creative Kids

Clark Lake inspires creativity, and kids deliver the evidence.  Two recent examples illustrate just how this happens. Both of these came about while visiting grandparents. During this 4th of July week, Emma Gehan is staying with grandparents Mike and Nancy...

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Luminary Thank You

Luminary Thank You

On behalf of my fellow COMITT-MES, our sincere thank you to all those who supported R-O-R for our July 4th luminaries sales. If you weren’t included, for any reason, we hope to have your support next year. The Lake looked magnificent, as always. Sincerely, Johnny...

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Boat Count 2019

Boat Count 2019

The Clark Lake tradition continues as the annual boat count took place early this morning, July 4, 2019.  Total boats on the lake declined slightly, from 1,493 in 2018 to 1,488 this year.  Here are the key takeaways: Rafts continue to rank number one at 608,...

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Celebrating Independence Day

Celebrating Independence Day

Celebrating Independence Day begins this evening, July 4th, with the lighting of luminaries.  Every year, the Raft-O-Rama Committee creates and distributes the luminaries.  A luminary is a small candle in a paper bag, weighted by sand.  The idea is to...

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Weekend Sunsets

Weekend Sunsets

Both Saturday and Sunday evenings glowed courtesy of impressive Clark Lake sunsets.  First, two views of Sunday's. Saturday night, what looked like a sun pillar added an unusual touch.  What is a sun pillar? Click here to learn more.

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King of the Raft

King of the Raft

How long has King of the Raft been a great game to play at Clark Lake?  If your memory goes back decades, you'll be reassured to know that video games and other youthful distractions have not caused "King" to slip away.  Recently, Noah Zak led his entourage...

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Friday Evening Sunset

Friday Evening Sunset

It was a busy evening on Clark Lake.  Rafts were out in abundance, many of them anchored off Eagle Point enjoying the nearby entertainment.  What was different tonight is how the vivid part of the sunset divided itself into two locations---the western sky...

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Sick Raccoon

Sick Raccoon

Not every natural encounter is a good one.  This is particularly true of raccoons that could have rabies, mange, or some other nasty ailment.  Today, Will Stewart trapped a sick racoon.  It displayed symptoms of hair loss, frothing, and other unnatural...

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Luminaries for 2019

Luminaries for 2019

In advance of every Independence Day, the Raft-O-Rama Committee prepares luminaries.  These candles, in especially prepared paper bags, are lit at sundown and placed along the lake's shorelines.  The result?  The waters of Clark Lake are surrounded by a...

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Midweek Sunset

Midweek Sunset

Clark Lake experienced another endearing end to the day.  As often is the case, the best show took place sometime after the sun slipped behind the horizon.  That's what happened Wednesday evening. This photo was taken at 9:43 pm. Photo: Rick Belcher Tuesday...

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Letter to Jackson County Parks

Letter to Jackson County Parks

Voters in Jackson County said "yes" to higher property taxes to benefit county parks in an election last August. With the new funding, the Jackson County Parks Department has hired an Ann Arbor landscape architect firm.  On June 10, Beckett & Raeder conducted...

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Crash at Eagle Point & Jefferson Roads

Crash at Eagle Point & Jefferson Roads

Traffic was blocked as crews worked on clearing the crash scene this morning (Monday 6/24/2019) at Eagle and Jefferson Roads.  According to Columbia Township Police, the Subaru was turning left and was rear-ended by a Chevy Cobalt.  Neither party was taken...

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Independence Day at Clark Lake

Independence Day at Clark Lake

The 243rd celebration of our nation's birth is less than two weeks away.  There will be major fireworks on Saturday, July 6th, thanks to the Menard's.  And in preparation for Independence Day some Clark Lakers took time out to express themselves in...

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