Crystal Lake Watershed
- Includes two communities and parts of six townships within Benzie County, MI
- Subwatershed of the Betsie River Watershed & the Lake Michigan Watershed
- Encompasses seventeen subwatersheds
- Watershed Area (Land + Water): 43.97 mi2 = 28,145 A = 113.88 km2
- Land Area: 28.58 mi2 = 18,291 A = 74.02 km2
- Perimeter: 44.650 mi = 236,000 ft = 71,900 km
- Lake Area: 9th largest of 11,000 MI inland lakes 15.40 mi2 = 9,854 A = 39.89 km2
- Ratio of (Land + Water) to Water = 2.856
- Ratio of Land to Water = 1.856
- Perimeter (unique due to historic drawdown) 20.838 mi = 110,025 ft
- Reach (Longest) 8.11 mi = 42,820.8 ft
- Depth (Avg) = Volume / Area): 70.70 ft = 21.55 m
- Depth (max): 165 ft = 50 m
- Volume: 741,366 Acre – ft = 0.242 x 1012gal = 0.220 mi3
- Elevation (IGLD 1985) 600.00 +/- 0.25 feet
- Center of Crystal Lake: 44.659167°N Lat: – 86.156389° W Long
Benzie County is 83rd in land area (321.3 4 mi2 ); 25th in Great Lakes water area (512.09 mi2 ); 24th in total water area (538.38 mi2 ); and 18th in inland lakes water area (26.29 mi2) of all Michigan Counties.
Crystal Lake spread evenly over all of Benzie County, would cover the surface to a depth of 44 inches – just about head high for a average 5 year old!
A faucet flowing at 10gal/min for 51 years would add 1 inch to Crystal Lake!
Lake Michigan contains the equivalent of 5,370 Crystal Lakes.
Crystal Lake is about “halfway” between “here” and “there”: It is “halfway” between the Equator and the North Pole. It is “halfway” between the NW corner of the UP and the SE corner of the LP of Michigan.
Crystal Lake (44° N Lat., – 86° W Lon.) is opposite a very remote spot – ( – 44° S Lat., +86° E Lon.) in the Indian Ocean between Australia and Antarctica.
The Aux bec Scies (the saw – billed duck, Mergus merganser) is the local namesake (Benzie, Betsie).
The Atlantic Smelt was planted in Crystal Lake in 1912 and spread through the western Great Lakes!
Protecting Crystal Lake Now for Generations to Come.
P.O. Box 89 • Beulah, MI 49617