A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature - Walden, Henry David Thoreau
Crystal Lake Conservancy Memorial in honor of Sonia Baker
She loved Crystal Lake and her family invited friends and family to donate to the Crystal Lake Conservancy. Read More.
Village Day Festivities
Photo captures Robert Fizek, Schuyler Larrabee and Lisa Rosenfeld spreading the word about the CLC's activities at Village Day last year.
We'd like to thank Martha Lawler for sharing a poem created by her daughter and pre-school friends back in 2006 about their visit to the Lake:
A Visit to Crystal Lake
Walking to Crystal Lake holding hands
Friends side by side
The dock is in the water now
There's an ant near me
I like to rest on the grass
I hear the sound of an airplane
Birds tweeting and the train going by
We love our visit to Crystal Lake
Can we dip our toes in the water next time?
Poem by David A., Lucy G., Isabel L.,
Molly R., Ella S., Stevie S., Dante T., Talia H.
"Crystal Lake Memories" Blog
Please visit our "Memories" Blog and add your own fond memories of Crystal Lake
The Crystal Lake Conservancy is a non-profit organization devoted to the preservation and protection of Crystal Lake for the benefit of the public. Our goal is to promote and support the unique natural beauty and recreational enjoyment of the Lake. Activities of the Conservancy involve increasing community awareness of issues related to the Lake, raising funds and promoting environmentally sustainable uses for the Lake and its surroundings through close collaboration with the City of Newton, the residents and other community volunteer efforts. See our mission for a full description.
Save the Date: Paddles and Picnics 2019!
The Crystal Lake Conservancy and the Newton Parks and Recreation Department will host Paddles and Picnics again this year on June 16th, 2019 (rain date: June 23rd). Boat and paddle board rentals will be available between 1 and 5 PM. Join us!
What Are These Signs in My Neighborhood?
You may have noticed colorful signs dotting the streets surrounding the lake. If you see a sign, this means that you are in the Crystal Lake watershed and that water drains to the lake from these areas either directly or via storm drains. These signs came about as a result of a collaborative effort between city officials including the Parks & Recreation department and the Crystal Lake Conservancy. The signs show activities to avoid when in the watershed so that Crystal Lake can continue to be a viable and beautiful natural resource in the coming years.
Photograph courtesy of Marcie Scudder. Click here for full gallery of Marcie Scudder's photographs taken
along the shores of Crystal Lake.
What Do the Rules Say About Swimming at Crystal Lake?
1924 Rules by the Parks & Recreation Commission, the 1929 Rules and Regulations from the Playground Commission and a 2004 Summary of the Rules are all listed under the "Lake History & Rules" tab
Who Lives at Crystal Lake?
Learn about Louie the Cormorant and Harry the Great Blue Herron by navigating to the Crystal Lake Inhabitants article.
Crystal Lake Conservancy
P.O. Box 610038
Newton Highlands, MA 02461
The Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) organization