Every spring, volunteers gather on the Clark Lake Spirit Trail to clean up what winter left behind. The date is Saturday, March 31st. Volunteers should meet at the county park near the Community Center at 9 am with rakes, shovels and brooms.
The Clark Lake Spirit Trail would not exist without volunteers. It’s people like you who donate their time to keep it looking great.
Volunteers are also active throughout the year watching for and repairing path wash-outs, trimming low hanging branches, and mowing. From time to time, there are major infrastructure repairs such as the complete overhaul of the section next to the post office at the west end. Seasonal freezes and thaws plus some vehicle traffic had caused significant deterioration. The pavement was found not to be a firm foundation, but turned spongy with runoff. Through monetary donations to the Spirit Trail this section was completely repaired and upgraded.
Another example of a major project was the extension between Rita and Grand Boulevard. This new section allowed cyclists, walkers and runners to avoid traffic along the North Lake curve. Donations to the Spirit Trail can be made through the Clark Lake Spirit Foundation, a 501c3. They can be mailed to PO Box 224, Clarklake, MI 49234 or made via credit card through this website.
The Trail committee met yesterday to work on plans for the coming year that includes repainting barrier poles, erecting additional guidance signage, placement of benches, and general maintenance. Tucker Boyers was elected co-chair and will share leadership duties with Ann Swain.
The Trail circles the lake, about 7.3 miles. It provides a path for runners, walkers, and cyclists to enjoy multiple views of the lake, neighborhoods and nature. And it does so on a variety of surfaces.