Crystal Lake Resort

Fishing Stories


They Jump In The Boat

By Dan Brooks

It is of course the proverbial “fish story” that the fishing was so good they jump in the boat. Over the course of many years at Crystal we’ve had many such experiences though. The first I can recall was as a kid when a lawyer client of my Dad’s offered to sign an affidavit stating he’d been fishing on Paddle Lake when a rainbow trout jumped in his boat. I can’t remember if my Dad ever got the affidavit, but it did make an impression on me as a little boy. Oh the dreams such a story conjured!

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The Beaverpond

By Dan Brooks

The very first year I guided for my Dad he took me into a little lake called the Beaverpond. It was quite a hike, about 2 miles long along the Crystal Lake Creek. It is aptly named the Beaverpond, as the beaver dam that created it is all that makes it a lake. Without the dam it would just be a creek.

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How Kanuless Lake Got Its Name

By Dan Brooks

South of Crystal Lake is a little gem of a lake we now call Kanuless. For many years it remained unnamed, as access was hike in only and no one ever went there. In the late 1990’s, when I took over from my Dad to run Crystal Lake, my brother Nathan and I decided to explore the lake. To get there you must first boat across Crystal to the far southern shore, then hike over a steep hill covered in dense timber, and then down the other side to the lake. It’s about a mile worth of hiking, but it’s not very easy without a trail.

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