The Crystal Lake Watershed Association

is a nonprofit (501c3) organization of concerned citizens committed to protecting the beauty and water quality of Crystal Lake and its surrounding environment. It engages in monitoring, education, and advocacy on behalf of the broad community for whom Crystal Lake is a vital economic, recreational, and aesthetic resource.

Merganser and Swimmer’s Itch reporting


The CLWA  is trapping and relocating broods of merganser ducks, not individual adult birds. Please report your sighting using the “button” below in order to inform the trapping team.

For more on swimmer’s itch and how to avoid it, see the CLWA brochure HERE.

CLWA News Overview

Zoning for lake health

There’s lots of building going on around Crystal Lake. Zoning and other local and state regulations are in place to help protect …

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CLWA Annual Meeting held on July 24

CLWA members met on Saturday, July 24, at the Mills Community House in Benzonia and virtually via Zoom for the 2021 Annual Members Meeting. President Dave Wynne presented …

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CLWA plans treatment of invasive Eurasian Watermilfoil

The CLWA’s comprehensive three-year (2016-2018) survey of the aquatic plants in Crystal Lake revealed a generally healthy lake, and identified Eurasian watermilfoil (“EWM”, Myriophyllum spicatum) as the only invasive plant species currently …

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Water quality testing results for 2019 now available

As part of the Michigan Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program, the CLWA sponsors comprehensive scientific testing of Crystal Lake’s water. Monitoring provides advance warning, so that early action can be taken to protect Crystal Lake. The latest results …

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Aerial shoreline survey completed

Zero Gravity Aerial of Traverse City completed a total shoreline survey of Crystal Lake during the summer of 2019. An initial high flyover looked at shoals to identify obvious changes like aquatic plant beds or human disturbance. Then the drone took …

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Merganser trapping completed for 2019

CLWA’s merganser trapping team completed the removal of all broods from Crystal Lake by the end of July. The final count was 10 broods (one without the hen) and a total of 68 ducklings, 77 birds in all. This compares to 16 broods …

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CLWA annual members meeting held on July 20

A large crowd of over 100 attended the 2019 CLWA annual members meeting on July 20. President Dave Wynne reviewed current programs and Treasurer Ron Ahrns described allocation of financial resources. The Crystal Circle Award was presented to Ted Fisher …

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Final report on 2018 swimmer’s itch control program

Swimmer’s Itch Control LLC, who carried out CLWA’s swimmer’s itch program during the summer of 2018, has now submitted its final report. The conclusions strongly support the preliminary results observed during summer activities, and point the way toward the continuing efforts …

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Protecting Crystal Lake Now for Generations to Come.

P.O. Box 89 • Beulah, MI 49617
231.882.4001 Tel

The Crystal Lake Watershed Association (CLWA), is a non-profit (501c3) organization.

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