New Boat Compliance Procedure for the Crystal Beach

In recent years it is not uncommon to find that a third or more of the sail & motor boats, kayaks, and paddle boards in the CSA Crystal beach boat storage area do not have up-to-date stickers. Per the Rules and Regulations of the CSA - all boats of any type or size must be registered at the Assembly Office and the CSA boat sticker must be on each boat. All boats must be pulled up at least six feet up from the water. If members know that they will not be using their boat for a week or so, they should pull the boat farther up on the beach to leave room for boats in frequent use.

The Board of Trustees has received feedback that it is not fair that so many boats without stickers are getting “a free ride.” To increase compliance, the Board approved a plan to move unstickered boats to a Permit Detention Area (PDA) which is located behind the beach boat storage area, between the tree line and the road.

Starting Monday, July 10th 2017:

  • Every Monday a member of the Waterfront Committee will check for unstickered boats. When the owner’s name is clear on the boat, Ken Cox will call that day to give the owner a chance to promptly sticker the boat.
  • Every Wednesday the waterfront staff will move any remaining unstickered boats to the Permit Detention Area (PDA) - located behind the boats, between the tree line and the road. Owners will be responsible for getting a sticker and moving the boat back.
  • Please do not take it out on the waterfront staff. They are only doing their job.

ALL boats stored in the CSA beach boat storage area must have a sticker – even paddle boards. Here are the sticker prices:

  • Type A (butterfly): $10.00 per week 
  • Type B (larger):     $18.00 per week 
  • Type C: (kayaks, paddleboards and canoes): $5.00 per week

No boats need to end up in the Permit Detention Area (PDA)! If you already have a sticker, put it on your boat. If you don’t, pick one up at the office and get it on your boat. You have until the end of the day on Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 to avoid the boat PDA.

Summer 2016 Waterfront Statistics

Water Temperatures: Summer 2016 was among the warmer summers in recent years. From June 18 to August 15 the average water temperature was 74.0˚; this compares to 71.4˚ in 2015. Looked at in 2-week increments, water temperatures increased steadily from a mild June through an exceptionally warm August: June 18-30 = 69.5˚; July 1-15 = 72.6˚; July 16-31 = 75.6˚; Aug 1-15 = 78.1˚. High recorded water temperature was 80˚ on August 15.

Swimmer’s Itch: Swimmer’s itch data from 2016 were largely consistent with findings from recent years.

  • Overall, for 51 days from June 18-August 15 there were no reports of itch on 36 (70.6%). This compares with 74% of days with no itch in 2015, 53% in 2014, 67% in 2013, and 64% in 2012.
  • Onshore (northerly) winds were reported on 21 days (41.2%); these days accounted for 80% of all days with at least one reported case (12/15) and 100% of days with 10 or more reported cases (7/7). There were reports of itch on 57% of onshore wind days (12/21).
  • Offshore (southerly) winds were reported on 25 days (49%); these days accounted for 13% of days with at least one reported case of itch (2/15) but only 3 reported cases of itch overall. There were reports of itch on 8% of offshore wind days (2/25).
  • There were 233 reported itch cases among 1509 estimated swimmers on days with onshore winds (15.4% incidence); 3 cases of itch were reported among the 2646 estimated swimmers on days with offshore winds (.01% incidence); 9 cases among 467 swimmers on days with an east wind (1.9% incidence); and 0 cases among 399 swimmers on days with a west wind. Overall incidence was 4.9% (245 reported cases among 5021 estimated swimmers).
  • Although estimating the number of swimmers in the water is particularly problematic, it is interesting to note that the data show about 47% more swimmers in the water on days with offshore (southerly) winds than onshore (106 swimmers/day versus 72). This is not surprising given both the cold wind and waves of some north-wind days and the likelihood that awareness of the association of onshore winds and itch is changing swimming behavior.


The CSA has 2 waterfront areas for use by members – Crystal Lake and Lake Michigan.

Swimming Lessons at Crystal Lake are Monday through Friday at the following times:

10:00 am Levels 1-2 Beginners

10:30 am Levels 3-7 Advanced

11:00 am Levels 3-7 Advanced

11:30 am Levels 1-2 Beginners

Crystal Lake Rules: Crystal is a non-smoking beach

1. Trained lifeguards are on duty between the hours of 1:00 and 5:00 pm, and only when their presence is indicated by a Red Cross flag at the top of the beach flagstaff.

2. All trash must be deposited in the receptacles provided. All disposable diapers must be taken back to your cottage.

3. Bonfires are not permitted on the Crystal Lake Beach except at the designated fire pit below the Crystal View.

4. Dogs and other animals must not be brought onto the beach at any time.

5. Beer and alcoholic beverages are forbidden on the beach.

6. Radios are allowed only with personal earphones.

7. Use of cellphones is strongly discouraged.

Lake Michigan Rules:

1. Everyone must stay off the dunes. Use the boardwalk near the swing set and wooden staircase to access the beach. 

2. All trash must be places in containers provided or taken back to your cottage.

3. The use of glass containers is prohibited on the beach.

4. Dogs must be on a leash on the CSA Michigan beach and all animal waste must be picked up by the owners for proper disposal.

5. Participants at beach parties are expected to keep noise (radios, voices, singing) at a reasonable and courteous level. Strict quiet hours are posted from 11:00 pm – 8:00 am. 

6. No alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs or fireworks are allowed on the beach.

7. Fire Rules:

* Firewood may be gathered from the beach or taken down from your cottage supply. It is prohibited to climb the dunes to pull out dead tree roots or other wood for your fire.

* Fire sites are to be established and left for the next group to use again whenever possible.

* Fires must be doused with water prior to abandoning them.