Welcome to Crystal Lake! Pioneer Ziba Beardsley named Crystal Lake in 1835 when he declared the water to be,"clear as crystal." Between the 1860's and 1910's, ice was harvested from the lake and shipped by rail to Chicago for refreshment and refrigeration. Artifacts from the ice industry can still be found at the bottom of the lake. It takes about 1.2 billion gallons of water to fill Crystal Lake and all of the water is replaced within 1.5 years. The majority of the water comes from rain falling in the watershed directly north of the lake. The shoreline is 2.8 miles long and covers an area of 230 acres. Crystal Lake is approximately 10,000 years old.
This cache will take you on a nautical journey around the lake. A round trip via kayak or canoe takes approximately 1-1/2 hours. However a powerboat could blitz through this excursion in about 10 minutes and creates the possibility of geo-water-skiing. Share your story and pictures!
The Crystal Lake Park District has canoes and kayaks available for rental at Main Beach. Check their website for the beach hours and call for pricing. Non-residents are charged an entry fee and may not bring their own boat. Residents’ boats are required to display a lake usage decal. For questions about boating regulations, contact the Village of Lakewood.
If all the rules and fees make you unhappy, drop by in the winter when you can walk or cross country ski the lake for free.
Match the numbered descriptions with the lettered coordinates to obtain the final coordinates. The parking coordinates are within walking distance to the final.
0. The lake drains here.
1. A ginormous new brick mansion.
2. A colorful playground.
3. This architectural gem has a thatch-style roof.
4. This is the shortest garage door you might ever see.
5. Mediterranean architecture commonly includes a tile roof and stucco walls.
6. Twin willows stand tall in this yard.
7. A flat roof and walls of glass are hallmarks of modern architecture.
8. A fire hydrant next to a lake!
9. George Washington never slept in this Mount Vernon.
********************This is one of three stages of Tricachelon: Crystal Lake.********************