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Crystal Lake, Frankfort

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Crystal Lake, the largest lake of this name in Michigan, is located near Lake Michigan in Benzie County about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Traverse City and about 2 miles (3 km) northeast of Frankfort at. It measures approximately 2.5 by 8 miles (4 by 13 km), and has a maximum depth of 165 feet (50 m). At 9854acre, it is Michigan's ninth largest inland lake. Up to and through the American Civil War years Crystal Lake was known as "Cap Lake" due to the frequent whitecaps visible on its surface. Crystal Lake is adjacent to the southern reaches of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.In 1873, an effort was made to connect Crystal Lake with Lake Michigan via a channel. The lake level of Crystal Lake was higher than that of Lake Michigan and when the channel was opened, the water level in Crystal Lake dropped about 20ft. Although the project was a failure, the lowering of the lake level uncovered sandy beaches, including the current public beach at Beulah.The watershed that feeds Crystal Lake is very small, and fertilizer and sewage outflows are minimal, leading to the exceptionally clear and beautiful water that gives it its current name. The surface area of the lake is 35% of the total area of the drainage basin (land and water combined).
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  • I grew up on a small lake here in Michigan. My sister lives near here and we decided to visit during a hot summer afternoon. If your looking for clear water then this is the place for you. However, do...  more »
  • Great place. I have spent many a day fishing there as we live just a few miles away. Swimmers should be aware of the swimmers itch.  more »
  • This was wonderful clean lake for swimming in early August. The pebble beach was clean and uncrowded. Given my tender feet, next time I'll bring some water shoes. Otherwise, enjoyed dit very much and ...  more »