Crystal Lake, New Hampshire, USA

Welcome to the ultimate guide to Crystal Lake — things to do, where to stay, fun facts, history, stats and more. Let’s dive in!

Topics we cover in this article:

Looking for Crystal Lake cabins or other accommodations? Save time and use this interactive map to find, compare and book at the best rates. Or explore our comprehensive list of favorite travel partners.

All About Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake, in the town of Enfield in Grafton County, New Hampshire, showcases New England’s scenic beauty with its clean clear water and picturesque shoreline. Located in a quiet rural area with breathtaking mountain views, it is no wonder that many lake front homes are built here.

For those who own real estate on Crystal Lake, it is year round paradise that offers so much fun and excitement that some may never want to take a vacation. Swimming, boating, kayaking, and nature watching can be enjoyed right out your own back door. Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white perch, yellow perch, rock bass, pickerel and rainbow trout keep anglers busy watching their lines. During the summer, water levels are kept at full pond to allow visitors to enjoy every ounce of enjoyment that the lake provides. After Columbus Day, the lake is lowered 4 feet to reduce property damage from the winter’s ice and to reduce spring flooding. However, ice fishing presents a winter challenge to eager fishermen. With the thawing of the ice, approximately mid-April and with the return of spring temperatures, the lake is allowed to refill to full pond.

In the town of Enfield, supplies can be purchased for your stay at Crystal Lake. Best known as the home of the Enfield Shaker Museum which is listed on National Register of Historic Places, this community was once home to the Shaker religious community that lived here in the mid-1800s. Located on the path of the Northern Rail Trail which is an abandoned railway that is now used as a trail for hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, and dog sledding, travelers often stop in Enfield for the night along the trail. Vacation rentals here include bed and breakfast inns, guest houses, vacation rentals, and motels.

Crystal Lake’s natural beauty is not unique in Grafton County which boasts inland waterways and rich farmland. The second largest county in New Hampshire, Grafton County is 90 percent timberland claiming half of the White Mountain National Forest, Franconia-Notch State Park and Mount Cardigan State Park all within its county boundaries. At the White Mountain National Forest, camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing, and canoeing are available throughout the forest where visitors will also find over 1,200 miles of trails for mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, hunting, and wildlife watching. Containing part of the Appalachian Trail, Franconia Notch State Park was made famous by authors Nathaniel Hawthorne and Daniel Webster for their works of the Old Man of the Mountain which was located in the park until the rocks that made up the Old Man’s profile crumbled on May 3, 2003. Mount Cardigan State Park covers 5,655 acres and is best known for its namesake 3,121 foot treeless granite summit,Mount Cardigan, that offers a view of Vermont and Maine from its peak. In addition to all of this serene natural beauty, Grafton County can boast that it is also home to a world famous Ivy League Institute of higher learning, Dartmouth College.

With so many year round recreational opportunities, untouched natural beauty, and abundant wildlife, it is no secret that the area is a prime vacation getaway. For some of your own back to nature time, start planning your trip soon.

Things to Do at Crystal Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Dog Sledding
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • State Park
  • National Forest
  • Museum

Fish Species Found at Crystal Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Pickerel
  • Pike
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Trout
  • White Perch
  • Yellow Perch

Find Places to Stay at Crystal Lake

If you’re considering a Crystal Lake lake house rental or hotel, we’ve made it super easy to find the best rates and compare vacation accommodations at a glance. Save time using this interactive map below.

Recommended Sites to Book a Crystal Lake Vacation

If you want to take a deeper dive to find waterfront lake cabins, cottages, condos, hotels or resorts, check out our favorite Crystal Lake lodging partners.

  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
  • – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
  • – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, is an industry leader in online accommodations.
  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.

Note: These are affiliate links so we may earn a small commission if you book through them. While there is no extra cost to you, it helps provide resources to keep our site running (thank you)! You can read our full disclosure policy here.

Crystal Lake Statistics & Helpful Links


Lake Type: Not Known

Water Level Control: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Surface Area: 401 acres

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 891 feet

Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 887 feet

Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 892 feet

Maximum Depth: 54 feet

Trophic State: Oligotrophic

We strive to keep the information on LakeLubbers as accurate as possible. However, if you’ve found something in this article that needs updating, we’d certainly love to hear from you! Please fill out our Content Correction form.

Shop Crystal Lake Gifts

Custom Lake Tumblers

Captain / First Mate Custom 20 oz Tumbler

Custom Lake T Shirt

Personalized My Boat My Rules Unisex T-Shirt

Custom Lake Coffee Mug - On Lake Time

On Lake Time Custom Coffee Mug – 11oz or 15oz


Advertise Your Crystal Lake Business or Vacation Rental

LakeLubbers will soon offer businesses the opportunity to advertise and homeowners and property managers the ability to showcase their vacation rentals to the thousands of lake lovers searching our site daily. If you would like additional details, please contact our advertising team.


Looking for the Crystal Lake Forum?

LakeLubbers previously offered visitors the ability to create accounts and participate in lake forums. When we overhauled the site’s content management system in 2021 we had to disable those features. We’re evaluating options and welcome your comments and feedback here. We also encourage you to join our lake-lovin’ community on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!

Crystal Lake Photo Gallery

New photos coming soon!

Spread the word! Share our Crystal Lake article with your fellow Lake Lubbers!