Clear Lake Education Center connects people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to the natural world.
A variety of activities are available for groups visiting the Education Center. For school groups, activities are included in the schedule, depending on their length of stay. For rental groups, they can be self-led choices - determined by the group's coordinator or director. No matter what activity you are involved in, please practice the Leave No Trace principles.
There is a two-mile trail around Clear Lake that provides beautiful views and many opportunities to see wildlife. Nearby Colwell Lake has a hiking trail around it as well, and there are many forest roads to walk and explore. Be sure to know which trails are public and which ones bring you onto private property. Be prepared - bring along water, snacks, sunblock, insect repellant, and other necessities.
Clear Lake has an amphitheater with a designated fire pit, ample bench seating, and limited split firewood provided. You may wish to bring a maul to split more. Fires are permitted in the amphitheater ring only. Please do not bring firewood from other areas. The cutting of trees for firewood is by USDA National Forest Service permit only.
Canoes and paddles (enough to accommodate approximately 20 people) are available for rent. Personal flotation devices (pfd's or life jackets) in sizes small through large are included, though individuals not within this size range should plan to bring their own. Adults must accompany any children wishing to canoe - groups who fall under state licensing regulations must have a certified lifeguard present to supervise canoeing.
There is a large field at Clear Lake which is ideal for a number of activities - structured or unstructured. The field has a diamond for games like baseball or kickball, and plenty of additional space. There is some equipment available at camp - kickballs, soccer balls, basketballs, etc. - but to be certain you have what you need, extra or more specific items should be brought by groups rentering or using the camp.
There are many forest roads right outside Clear Lake's entrance to enjoy on wheels, and the trail around neighboring Colwell Lake is improved to accommodate bikes. Make sure that you are well-prepared for rugged conditions, heat, and insects - proper footwear, helmets, bug spray, and plenty of water are highly recommended. On CLEC's campus, the only permissible places to ride bicycles are the trails.
The waters of 109-acre Clear Lake hold many varieties of fish: large and smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, yellow perch, and sunfish may all be caught on a good day. Cast from the dock right at camp, or put in a small boat at the access site to broaden your reach. Keep your Michigan fishing license on you at all times, of course!