Dam Repair Updates

12/12/2017: The good news is that we have stopped the Dam erosion. In mid-October we built a temporary coffer dam with 1200 lb. blocks, plywood, tarpand crushed stone to block the water from flowing under the bridge. We then hired a mud sucker truck and removed large quantities of mud, sand, rocks, branches, plastic, etc. We then purchased nine cubic yards of special concrete and had it pumped into the resulting huge hole. This formed a solid wall behind the dam face preventing water flowing through the boulder face. See updated photos below.

The bad news is that mother nature through us a curve ball and deluged us with several days of downpours that overran our coffer dam making it impossible to pour the reinforced concrete slab and key wall. We have been waiting for the level of the lake to drop so we could complete the project but it now appears that we have run out of time this year. As soon as the water level drops next year we will complete the project in three or four days. 

Thanks to all who have contributed and supported this important project. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Al Breton

10/13/2017: DelRay Construction spent two long days completing phase one of the Dam repair. The temporary dam was constructed with 1200 lbs. cement blocks, marine plywood, tarps, crushed stone and sandbags. Phase two next week will consist of installing a pump to control water seepage and mud sucking under the bridge. See photos below.

10-7-17: Sixteen volunteers met at the Skyline Quarry and filled one hundred and fifty sandbags then deposited them near the dam. Jerry Dwyer, Bill Keohane, Maureen Keohane, Dave Gauthier, Dominick Cristelli, Vic Laptik, Thomas Burns, Skylar Burns, Ron Campbell, Leon Veretto, Chris Veretto, Frank Kirchhof, Patty Kirchhof, Joe Breton, Dolores Breton, Al Breton. Thank you all for a fantastic job!

10-4-17: We will be fixing the dam in the next couple of weeks. We need volunteers to fill sand bags this Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. We will meet at the dam (north end of the lake on Conklin road) at 9am and proceed to Skyline Quarry which closes at noon. 

7/25/17: We have begun purchasing material for the Dam repair. The target date to start is late August or early September. The primary obstacle for starting is the high water level. This makes building a coffer dam to hold back the lake more difficult. Lets hope we don't get a great deal of rain before then.

This letter was distributed to lake residents in order to increase awareness of issues with the dam and to attract new membership for the association.
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Crystal Lake Association

316A Sandy Beach Rd

Ellington, CT 06029


2018 meetings:

April 24th, Old Crystal Lake School

July 25th,  Crystal Lake United Methodist Community Center. Note the address change.

October 4th Old Crystal Lake School

(meetings are at 7 PM)

Summer picnic: Thursday, August 16th from 5 - 7 pm at 24 Private Grounds. 


08-12-2018: The summer picnic is now Thursday, August 16th from 5-7pm st the Arzt’s house on 24 Private Grounds. Hot dogs will be served. Hope to see you there!


07/26/2018: The powerpoint for the July 25th invasive species presentation can be viewed here:


07-02-2018: Pleaset join us for our July 25th meeting. George Knoecklein from Northeast Aquatic Research will be giving a talk on invastive species, a very important topic for our lake. Please note the meeting will be at the Crystal Lake Unitited Methodist Community Center on Sandy Beach road across from the Elementary School.


05-05-2018:  We held a Crystal Lake road cleanup today. The following volunteers walked the roads and filled several trash bags of various items which people had thrown on the side of the road and at the dam area. Dolores and Al Breton, Bill Brown, Bill Brown III, Dave Gauthier, Missy and Bob Clark, Rex Joffray, Vic Laptik, Monique Lussier, Cindy McNamar, Pat and Joe Neafey. Thanks for helpingkeep our lake area clean!


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Crystal Lake Association

316A Sandy Beach Rd

Ellington, CT 06029

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