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Everything You Need to Know About Crystal Lake Activities

Minnesota – known as the land of 10,000 lakes. With nearly 300 bodies of water, from smaller ponds to larger lakes, within Burnsville, this is the perfect place for activities on and near the water. Crystal Lake covers 300-acres which makes it Burnsville’s biggest lake. There are plenty of ways to cruise and enjoy the waters of Crystal Lake – here is your complete Guide to Crystal Lake activities.


Row, Row, Row your Canoe or Paddleboard

Perfect for water-adventure seekers – Crystal Lake is the best way to enjoy the great outdoors! Cruise the 300-acres of Crystal Lake waters via kayak, canoe, or paddleboard! No water crafts? No problem! Burnsville offers many places in and near the city to purchase sporting goods, water accessories, and beach necessities! Be sure to be careful of passing boats, jet skis, or other watercrafts also using the water.


Have a Picnic

What better way to practice safe social distancing than packing a lunch or picking up take-out and heading to the beach for a picnic! Sit on the beach, use a picnic table in the picnic area and shelter, or head to the grassy area to enjoy your picnic. There are plenty of restaurants offering take out near Crystal Lake Beach!



Sunbathe on the Beach

There is absolutely no shortage of sun to be soaked up on the beach of Crystal Beach Park! Come relax, soak, or swim at the beach here! The park covers almost 24-acres of land on the east side of the lake. The sandy beaches are just the start of the sun-activities awaiting you here. The park also includes a playground perfect for all ages, a sandy volleyball court, picnic area, and even free WiFi!




Pack your tackle box, fishing rod, and bucket hat and head to Crystal Lake. The waters of Crystal Lake are a fisherman’s ideal spot to cast your fishing pole and reel in some fish. This lake offers a variety of ways to throw a line into the water. On the west end of the lake there is an easy-to-use boat ramp perfect for boats of various sizes.

If you prefer shore fishing – the west side of the lake is also perfect for anglers to fish off the shore. On the North shore near the middle of the lake, there is a fishing pier perfect for catching more familiar fish. Although Crystal Lake is more so known as a Bass-Panfish lake, expect to catch these fish that are typically of average size with an occasional trophy-worthy fish:

  • Northern Pike
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Crappie
  • Hybrid Muskie
  • Bullhead Species
  • Yellow Perch



Make sure to check out local and Minnesota fishing guidelines and seasons. Don’t forget to get your fishing license before you head out on the waters.

Spend the remainder of the hot summer days indulging in water activities at Crystal Lake. The beach also offers free WiFi courtesy of the City of Burnsville! There are plenty of other outdoor activities in and around the Burnsville area for you to experience, too. Make sure to share your Burnsville adventures with us on Facebook and Instagram with hashtag #MyBurnsville!

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