Reviewed by MasterCamper on January 9, 2012
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Crystal lake sounds like a nice place but its not. They have facilites for large groups a store and lot of recreation areas.
The Problem here is that you don't get to choose your campsite. I tent camp so finding a good site is important. I asked the attendent at the gate if I could go in and look around prior to paying for a camp. The answer was NO. Her reason, it was the weekend and there would be a lot of people coming in (I didn't see any more people come in then were there already). So, the place looked nice enough so I paid my fee. The attendent assigned me a spot and off I went. The campsites are as rocky as a river bed. There was no way I was going to set up camp on that spot. I went back to see if I could get another seeing as there were a lot of campsites that were not assigned. After a prolonged discussion with the attendent on how I was in a tent and would have to sleep on rocks all night, she assigned me another. Which wasn't much better but after about 45min of clearing an area I was able to make a small space to pitch my tent. If you have a big tent you are S.O.L..
The lake is small and I could not see any means of fresh water entering the lake. So, my impression was, that it is stagnate. Also, the masquitos here are almost unbearable. You will be eaten alive. Which also gave credit to the lake being stagnate.
While there has definatly been a lot of tax payer money poured into this campground for the amenities, not much has been focused on the campsites.
My advice is bypass this campground and find another. Unless you want to be a test subject for a malaria cure.
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