Crystal River – Long Lake to Smith Rd

The Crystal River starts at the south end of Long Lake on the Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes. Clear, cool and mostly shallow the Crystal is a fun little river to paddle. Rocks and small rapids are frequent as is beautiful scenery all along the river. I recommend using a shorter boat that is easy to maneuver and you won’t mind if it gets scratched up.

Enjoy this video which starts at the headwaters of the Crystal River at Long Lake on this first leg of the river to Smith Road.

Watch the next video on the Crystal River, going through the small village of Rural on the Crystal River.


3 thoughts on “Crystal River – Long Lake to Smith Rd

    • The public access I recommend is in the upper Chain on Knight Lane. This is a free small boat launch. It’s not super close but not real far either. Paddle through Beasley Creek to the the big chain and follow Long Lake to the start of the Crystal.


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