Crystal River Dam

Crystal River Dam

The Glen Lake Association dam1controls and maintains the dam at the Crystal River. Since 1954, the water level of Glen Lake has been controlled at the dam by the insertion and removal of wooden timbers. This way, we were able to control the lake levels as mandated by the district court. This helps with safe access to the lakes in the summer and minimizes ice damage on shore in the winter.

In 2002, the Glen Lake Association rebuilt the Crystal River Dam to fix problems and improve water-level control. We’re now better able to fine-tune water level adjustments. However, as always, the dam cannot overcome natural events such as rain, drought, evaporation, and underground seepage to Lake Michigan which often make larger changes to lake level than the dam can manage.