Crystal Lake, Pennsylvania, USA

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USA - Mid-Atlantic - Pennsylvania - Northeastern Mountains -

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 PA

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Water Skiing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Tubing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Biking
  • Snowboarding
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • Museum
  • Antiquing
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Crystal Lake PA

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Pickerel
  • Pike
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sunfish

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    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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    Trophic State | LakeLubbers

    Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

    An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

    A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

    A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

    The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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    Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

    Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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    Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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    Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

    Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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    Completion Year | LakeLubbers

    This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

    The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

    You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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    Water Volume | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

    You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

    Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

    1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

    The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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    Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

    You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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    Average Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

    Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

    Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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    Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

    At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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    Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

    Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

    When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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    Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

    You can find many of the world's highest-elevated lakes on LakeLubbers. Lakes with the lowest elevations (known by LakeLubbers) are shown on the final page of that list.


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    Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

    This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

    A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

    When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

    You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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    Surface Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

    The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

    You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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    Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

    This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

    Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

    "Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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    Lake Type | LakeLubbers

    There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

    - A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

    - A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

    - A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

    "Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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