Lake Level Monitoring
A 1980 court order set two seasonal levels for Crystal Lake: 600.25 feet above sea level (May 1 – October 31) and 599.75 feet (November 1 – April 30). This ruling allows higher water for recreation in the summer, and lower water to minimize shoreline erosion in the winter. The Benzie Country Drain Commissioner is responsible for overseeing the dam and maintaining the required water level by adjusting the dam gates as needed.
Over the years, close monitoring of the lake levels has proven difficult to accomplish by manual methods, and the lake has frequently not complied with the statutory requirements.
In order to provide better oversight of lake level fluctuation and enable more timely action to control extreme changes, CLWA installed an automated lake level monitoring station at the outlet in June of 2014. The station provides a lake level reading every 15 minutes and assists in improved management of lake levels.
Protecting Crystal Lake Now for Generations to Come.
P.O. Box 89 • Beulah, MI 49617
The Crystal Lake & Watershed Association (CLWA), is a non-profit (501c3) organization.
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