Many of the structures at Clear Lake Education Center were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930's, and as such hold great historical and cultural value for the area and its visitors. However, updates such as electricity and heat have been made to all buildings, and some have modern plumbing. A landline available in the office, infirmary, and dining hall allows for calls within the 906 area code, and limited wifi is available in the lodge. All of our buildings and many of the paved trails are handicap accessible. For more information on Clear Lake's history and the CCC, check out our History page!
The spacious Lodge at Clear Lake has bench seating for presentations or classes, and plenty of room for games or activities. This building, beautifully maintained and updated, is of CCC construction. Attached is an office area for use by staff or administrators.
Another CCC construction, the dining hall is able to hold around 80 diners at a time with bench-and-table style seating. The kitchen is divided from the seating area by a serving counter. Walk-in cooler, dry storage, and chest freezers are available. Cook staff will enjoy the attached sleeping quarters and private bathroom.
Each of our nine CCC-built, residential cabins are able to house up to twelve people. Beds are twin size and a mix of single and bunk style. The cabins all have electricity and heat. There is an additional medical staff residential cabin equipped with fridge and bathroom.
Groups enjoy gathering on benches for campfires, presentations, or music while viewing the lake. Quiet groups may be lucky enough to hear loons, frogs, owls, coyotes, and other wildlife. The amphitheater is also a prime spot for stargazing.
The livery holds thirteen canoes, a variety of paddles, and various sizes of personal flotation devices (PFDs - or life jackets). A convenient launch site is the gateway to your aquatic recreation on our 109-acre lake.
In addition to a 2-mile hiking trail that circumnavigates the lake, Clear Lake has its own private dock, raft, and swim area. At quiet moments, the dock is an excellent spot to catch smallmouth bass as well - if you have your fishing license, of course! The dock is also an excellent spot for stargazing and birdwatching.
Men's and women's facilities contain showers, toilet stalls, a bank of sinks, and one private, accessible full bathroom. There is a laundry facility attached to the back side of the men's bathroom.
Parking is allowed only in the large gravel lot or smaller staff section. The circle drive, while large enough to allow a bus to drive around it, is also an emergency vehicle access lane where parking is prohibited.
Regularly mowed, the ball field is perfect for games and activities ranging from kickball to capture the flag. On a quiet morning, a careful observer might spot anything from a chipmunk to a bear.