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Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake water level status: NORMAL

When the water level is on "High Water" status, all watercraft must travel at no-wake speeds (5 MPH or less). When the status is "Normal" watercraft traffic may resume regular activity.

Lake level readings are taken once per week during the open water season. During periods of high water, the lake level is checked more frequently. 


Crystal_view from public boat launch.jpgAt almost 300 acres in size, Crystal Lake is Burnsville's largest lake. It's a popular recreation destination that offers a public boat launch, fishing pier and public beach.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I access the Lake?

You can access the lake through one of three parks:

Is there a beach at Crystal Lake?

There's a public swimming beach at Crystal Beach Park. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, City staff tests the site weekly for E. coli bacteria levels. Visit beach testing for more information and testing results.

How big is Crystal Lake?

The lake is about 300 acres. For approximate lake depths, see the Crystal Lake Depth Map.

What are the boating rules for Crystal Lake?

  • Watercraft must travel in a counter-clockwise direction when going faster than 5 MPH.
  • Personal watercraft (such as a Jet Ski) may only be operated between 9:30 a.m. and one hour before sunset.
  • Water ski boats must have an observer.
  • No water skiing after sunset.
  • Observe these maximum speed limits:

                9 a.m. to sunset:  40 MPH
                Sunset to 9 a.m.: 15 MPH
                Slow-No Wake Zones:  5 MPH

  • Slow-No Wake Zones include:  Maple Island Bay, Buck Hill Bay, and all areas 150 feet from shore (except for Pik Nik Island)

Where can I find more information about the Lake?
Visit the DNR LakeFinder website for more information about Minnesota Lakes. The Crystal Lake LakeFinder page includes information about fish stocking, water levels and more.

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