Crystal Lake, Pennsylvania, USA
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Topics we cover in this article:
- All About Crystal Lake
- Things to Do
- Fish Species
- Where to Stay
- Vacation Planning Tools
- Crystal Lake Map
- Statistics / Weather / Helpful Links
- Shop Crystal Lake Gifts
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All About Crystal Lake
Crystal Lake is a beautiful 45-acre lake tucked away in the Endless Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. This private, spring-fed lake offers year round recreational opportunities due to its proximity to Elk Mountain and convenient location between the cities of Scranton, Pennsylvania and Binghamton, New York. Each season brings its own spectacular beauty making Crystal Lake the perfect place to unwind and relax.
Although not open to the public, vacation rentals can be found on Crystal Lake. Private real estate along with resorts on the lake offer lakefront and lake view accommodations. Cabins, vacation homes, bed and breakfast inns and campgrounds are spread throughout the area to meet most budgets for any length of stay. Crystal Lake is located in both Susquehanna and Lackawanna counties. In the summer, visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing, kayaking, sailing, canoeing, water-skiing, wake boarding and tubing. Most vacation rentals provide boats and other types of watercraft. Fish in Crystal Lake include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, perch, pickerel and bluegill. A scenic 2.8-mile road that follows the perimeter of the lake is great for walking or biking. Fall is breathtaking in the Endless Mountains and guests of the lake can enjoy the stunning fall foliage and numerous festivals the area hosts each year. Those looking for more of a challenge will find 2,693 foot Elk Mountain, the highest peak in the Endless Mountain region, just a few miles away. A number of Rail-Trails, old railways converted to walking trails, also run throughout the region. For golfers, there are several public golf courses within a short drive of Crystal Lake.
Winter activities on Crystal Lake include skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice fishing and ice skating. Elk Mountain is home to one of the largest ski resorts in the area and offers downhill as well as cross country skiing for all ability levels. The nearby Rail-Trails are also great for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Just 30 miles south, more winter sports facilities can be found in the Scranton area.
Hunters and wildlife enthusiasts will find the surrounding Crystal Lake countryside home to white-tailed deer, turkey, fox, bobcats, and an occasional bear. Pennsylvania State Game Land is open to licensed hunters during the hunting seasons. Geese, ducks and other waterfowl are also plentiful.
Antique collectors and bargain hunters will be delighted with the number of antique stores in the area. Just over the border in Binghamton, NY an Antique Row features many antique shops all within walking distance of one another. The nearby cities of Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Montrose. Tunkhannock, and Fleetville are also known for their antique shops as well as shopping malls and popular restaurants. Restaurants can also be found on and around Crystal Lake. Northeast Pennsylvania has an abundance of talented artisans and craftspeople that display their talents at the numerous fairs and festivals held in the area. Other attractions include museums, cultural centers, specialty shops, and minor league baseball stadiums in both Scranton and Binghamton.
For a picnic or a fun day of hiking, boating and wildlife viewing, Lackawanna State Park is northwest of Crystal Lake and offers 1,411 acres for camping, boating, fishing, and exploring. Lake Lackawanna, a 198-acre, man-made lake, is the focal point of the park. A campground in the park is open to tents and RVs and is within walking distance of Lake Lackawanna. Campsites have electric hook-ups and there are modern bath houses with hot water and showers. Hunting is allowed in season and with proper permits and licenses.
Archbald Pothole State Park is just north of Crystal Lake and is a unique 150-acre park. The park is named for the Archbald Pothole, a glacier formed geologic feature that formed around 15,000 years ago. The pothole is 38 feet deep and holds about 140,000 gallons. The pothole has attracted tourists since its discovery in 1884. The dense wooded areas of the park are also a great place for hiking and bird watching.
Located in the serene, pristine atmosphere of the Northeastern Mountain Region of Pennsylvania, Crystal Lake is a wonderful spot for a family vacation or second home. Vacation rentals on the lake welcome guests and the beautiful rolling hills invite visitors to discover a landscape of family farms, quaint rural villages, and year round outdoor recreation.
Things to Do at Crystal Lake
- Vacation Rentals
- Ice Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Cabin Rentals
- Ice Skating
- Cross-Country Skiing
- Wildlife Viewing
- State Park
Fish Species Found at Crystal Lake
- Black Bass
- Largemouth Bass
- Smallmouth Bass
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Recommended Sites to Book a Crystal Lake Vacation
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- VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
- Booking.com – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, Booking.com 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.
- Hotels.com – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, Hotels.com 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: 45 acres
Shoreline Length: 2 miles
Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,739 feet
Maximum Depth: 120 feet
Trophic State: Eutrophic
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