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Crystal Lake north of Peterborough in the district of Galway/Cavendish/Harvey is one of Ontario's best kept secrets. The spring fed lake has over 26 miles of breathtaking scenic shoreline. This large lake is deep and very clean providing excellent boating, swimming and fishing. You will never tire exploring the numerous bays, inlets and islands. This lake provides the cottager with the Canadian dream of owning heavily treed scenic waterfront at affordable prices. Approximately 600 cottages/homes are dotted around this beautiful lake and features a wide variety of unique cottage structures and executive waterfront homes. There is a convenient full service marina (Crystal Lake Marina) located on Clear Bay Road. Snowmobilers make great use of the 500 miles of groomed trails, plus fishing is year round. Enjoy catching Walleye, Bass, Lake Trout and Whitefish. Only 2 hours from the GTA. Worth the drive to enjoy peace, quite and natural beauty of this marvelous lake.
Ecology of Crystal Lake
Crystal Lake and surrounding lands support a myriad of wildlife species. Because the Lake is clear, cold and deep it supports a healthy Lake Trout population. Crystal Lake is one of a very few naturally reproducing Lake Trout lakes in the Kawarthas. The Lake also supports a diverse group of other fish species including: pickerel, small mouth bass and whitefish.
Crystal Lake also supports a healthy population of loon as well as assorted duck and bird species including: mallard duck, osprey, turkey vultures, marsh hawk, pileated and hairy woodpecker, black crow and raven to mention just a few.
Surrounding Crystal Lake are extensive areas of wetlands, which in some cases have been created by the action of beavers living in the lake. The wetlands and transitional lands near the lakeshore support populations of painted and snapping turtle, frog, toad, newt and salamander. The local populations of white tailed deer, red fox and black bear are vibrant.
Water flows over the control dam on Crystal Lake down Nogies Creek which in turn flows into the north end of Pigeon Lake. Located at the confluence of Nogies Creek and Pigeon Lake is a protected muskellunge spawning sanctuary. This is one of the reasons why it is critically important that the flow of water in Nogies Creek is carefully managed throughout the year.
Development on Crystal Lake
Crystal Lake is developed with approximately 600 cottages made up of about 90 % seasonal residents and about 10% full time residents. Recently the Ministries of Natural Resources and the Environment in conjunction with the County of Peterborough announced that due to the manmade pressure being put on Crystal Lake no further severances of land would be permitted. This was done to protect the water quality and the Lake Trout spawning grounds on the Lake.
Water Level Issues on Crystal Lake
Over the past twenty years or more, Parks Canada has done a very good job managing the lake levels on Crystal Lake. The general pattern has been that Parks Canada has allowed the Lake to capture the spring run-off and then, at prescribed intervals, (generally 6" to 1') has removed logs from the control dam at Nogies creek. Cottagers have enjoyed water based recreational activities as lake levels were predictable throughout the cottaging season. The last log in the control dam was traditionally removed just after the Thanksgiving long weekend.
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