Crystal Lake, New York, USA

Also known as:  Sixtown Pond, Little Stony Creek Pond

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All About Crystal Lake

Nestled in quiet corner of Jefferson County, New York is a peaceful lake known by three names: Crystal Lake, Little Stony Creek Pond, and Sixtown Pond. It does not matter which name you call it, as long as you call it a wonderful destination.

Crystal Lake is located near the community of Robert’s Corner. Known as a great fishing spot, residents can relay wonderful stories of fishing for walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, yellow perch and brown bullhead in warm weather and ice fishing season. The public boat launch is for hand-launching boats, making Crystal Lake a great place for rowing and paddling enthusiasts who like to canoe and kayak. Lakefront real estate owners enjoy the year round beauty and excitement of living on a lake including swimming, wildlife watching, and gazing at the sky above for colorful sunsets and starlit nights.

Visitors to Little Stony Creek Pond will also want to investigate Jefferson County’s other “claim to fame” landmarks. Created in 1805 and named for then-president Thomas Jefferson, the county has been home to world renowned discoveries and inventions. F. W. Woolworth founded the first five and dime store in Watertown that grew into a national chain of stores bearing his name, Woolworth’s; the original building still stands on the Public Square there. John Dewey invented the Dewey Decimal System, a system for organizing books in a library, while living here. Philadelphia Cream Cheese was invented in Philadelphia, New York in the mid-1800’s. Thousand Island Salad Dressing was also developed here in Jefferson County at a gathering on one the area’s thousand islands.

Vacation rentals are plentiful and run the full scope of experiences. In addition to bed and breakfast inns, cabins, lodges, spas, camping, vacation homes, and houseboats, a room in a castle can be reserved for your luxurious night’s accommodation on one of the islands. Or, for the adventurous visitor, an outdoor extreme would be a night camping in an igloo in Winona State Forest.

Crystal Lake is by no means Jefferson County’s only water recreational area. Jefferson County borders Lake Ontario to the west, the St. Lawrence River to the north, and claims a major portion of the international recreational area of the Thousand Islands Region. Jefferson County is home to the city of Watertown, the county seat, also known as “Snowtown USA.” The county is primarily rural with well known areas such as Tug Hill Plateau known for skiing adventures, the Theresa Lakes Region known as the “Gateway to the Adirondacks,” and Winona State Forest that boasts the most snow east of the Rockies which is a popular training and racing ground for dog sledding. All of these areas offer cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling during the winter; fishing, swimming, diving, hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping, and wildlife viewing are popular warmer weather activities.

Jefferson County in upstate New York is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Whether you come for a visit to Crystal Lake, the Thousand Islands, or one of the major snow areas, there will never be a boring second. Come to relax and be pampered or come to test yourself against the great outdoors. Four seasons of fun and excitement are waiting for you in this spectacular region with its wide variety of charms.

Things to Do at Crystal Lake

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

Fish Species Found at Crystal Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Brown Bullhead
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Walleye
  • Yellow Perch

Find Places to Stay at Crystal Lake

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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.

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Crystal Lake Statistics & Helpful Links


Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

Surface Area: 169 acres

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 423 feet

Average Depth: 14 feet

Maximum Depth: 20 feet

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