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Crystal Lake


Crystal Lake water level status: NORMAL

Lake level readings are taken once per week during the open water season. During periods of high water, the lake level is checked more frequently.
When the water level is on "High Water" status, all watercraft must travel at no-wake speeds (5 MPH or less).

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Boating Rules for Crystal Lake
  • Watercraft must travel in a counter-clockwise direction when going faster than 5 MPH.
  • Personal watercraft (such as a Jet Ski) may only be operated between 9:30 a.m. and one hour before sunset.
  • Water ski boats must have an observer.
  • No water skiing after sunset.
  • Observe these maximum speed limits:

                9 a.m. to sunset:  40 MPH
                Sunset to 9 a.m.: 15 MPH
                Slow-No Wake Zones:  5 MPH

  • Slow-No Wake Zones include:  Maple Island Bay, Buck Hill Bay, and all areas 150 feet from shore (except for Pik Nik Island)


Parks, Boat Launch and Beach

Three parks border Crystal Lake:

Crystal Lake West Park:     Features a public boat launch with parking lot
Crystal Beach Park:        Includes a public swimming beach, shoreline fishing access and parking lot
Tyacke Park: Parking lot with staircase access to Crystal Lake fishing pier

From Memorial Day through Labor Day, City staff tests weekly for E. coli bacteria levels at the Crystal Lake public swimming beach.  For more information and testing results, click here.

How deep is Crystal Lake? See approximate depths on the Crystal Lake Depth Map.


Lake Finder Information

For general information about Crystal Lake, Keller Lake, Lac Lavon, Wood Pond, Lac Lavon, and Sunset Pond, please visit the DNR LakeFinder website.


Other Resources for Lake Residents


How long is your shoreline?
The Dakota County online GIS map provides property information, plat documents, measuring tools, and more. The distance tool can help you determine your shoreline length: Instructions for using Dakota County GIS to determine your shoreline length


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