Nestled in Columbia Township in Jackson County, Clark Lake is a 580 acre all-sports lake right in the heart of the Irish Hills. Residents and visitors alike enjoy swimming, fishing, waterskiing, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and just floating around on their “rafts,” which is the local word for a pontoon boat. Clark Lake folks take their rafts seriously! They even host a Raft-O-Rama each year, dressing up their pontoon boats like parade floats and competing for prizes.
That’s not all you’ll find happening on Clark Lake, though. Annual BBQs, 5k runs, and even Polar Plunges are staples in this fun-loving community. Boat rentals are available at Eagle Pointe Marina if you forgot to bring your own.
You can’t miss Michigan International Speedway, hosting concerts, a beer and wine festival, and of course, NASCAR races
The Historic Brick Walker Tavern invites visitors to take a step back in time and explore three buildings and 80 acres of stagecoach-era history. Don’t miss the weekly farmers market hosted on the property.
Hidden Lakes Gardens, owned by Michigan State University, is a 755-acre natural space, including a botanical garden and 10 miles of hiking trails. Not feeling up for a hike? Explore the six-mile paved car path instead.
Cherry Creek Winery is located in a retired schoolhouse near Silver Lake west of Brooklyn. In addition to their locally made wine, you’ll find a wide array of other Michigan-made products. Check their website for wine tasting days and times.
Nearby Devils Lake is a great destination if you like to explore locally owned shops and eateries.
Getting hungry after all that fun? Grab a pizza at The Beach Bar, or watch the sunset while enjoying one of the daily specials at The Pointe Bar and Grill.
You don’t have to leave Clark Lake for great food, but if you decide to, head to nearby Wamplers Lake to enjoy to plate of delicious crab cakes at Jerry’s Pub. If steak is more your thing, try JR’s Steakhouse in Brooklyn. Trying to catch a big game? Check out Artesian Wells Sports Tavern in Cement City.
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