Drain Commissioner eight-point lake report

On May 21st the Clare County Drain office received a call from Lake Board Chair Mark Walter that the water level at Eight Point Lake in Garfield Twp was getting high and water was getting into septics and destroying docks. An investigation started that day by checking the lakes spillways and drain culverts around the lake for obstructions but none were found. Over the next two weeks drain tiles were re-checked and it appeared that there was a possible beaver nam north of the Lake spillway out into the swamp.

Drain Commissioner Carl Parks contacted Dick Acker, the Clare airport manager and informed him of the problem. He offered to do a flyover free of charge and took Parks over the area in hopes of finding the beaver dam .A fly-over of the swampy area revealed a small foot bridge out in the middle of the swamp. Upon checking further the following day, Rich McNeilly took Parks and Walter to the foot bridge where it was discovered that beavers had a very large dam built under the bridge. McNeilly Excavating was asked to tear out the dam which he did the same day and the lake level has already begun to recede.