Crystal Lake, Irwin County

Crystal Lake GA Irwin County Old Picnic Table Near the Pavilion Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Due to the overwhelming response of my first post about Crystal Lake a couple of months ago, I’m sharing these outtakes to round out the July 4th holiday weekend. I think it’s an appropriate tie-in considering that Charlie Daniels played a huge Independence Day concert here in the late 1970s and for many years it was a favorite summer destination for thousands of South Georgians.

Crystal Lake GA Irwin County Palm Trees Pavilion Water Slides Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The palm trees weren’t natural to the park, but they sure made it feel more like the beach. Of course, water slides were always the favorite attraction for young and old alike.

Crystal Lake GA Irwin County Abandoned Water Park Water Slide Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Lots of people have asked me about the Rampage, which was one of the most popular attractions at Crystal Lake. Here are two shots of this high-speed water slide, one from the lake bed and another from the front.

Crystal Lake GA Irwin County Dry Lakebed Sinkhole Rampage Waterslide Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Crystal Lake GA Irwin County Dry Lakebed Sinkhole The Rampage Waterslide Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

I believe there were several of these metal mushroom umbrellas on the pavilion side of the lake.

Crystal Lake GA Irwin County Mushroom Umbrella Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The area known as Varsity Beach was located on the far side of the lake.

Crystal Lake GA Irwin County The Other Side Varsity Beach Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

It was more natural than the pavilion side and set in a nice stand of oak trees.

Crystal Lake GA Irwin County Natural Scrub Oak Habitat Surrounding the Water Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Many hope the lake will once again be a family destination, but at this time I think it’s highly unlikely.

Crystal Lake GA Irwin County Dry Lakebed Far Side Palm Tree Sunset Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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19 responses to “Crystal Lake, Irwin County

  1. Crystal Fudge

    I sure miss this place we need to see about opening it up again so our kids can experience the fun Southwest Georgians use to have…..

  2. Thank you for the great pics. I grew up no more than 1/4 mile from Crystal Lake and still live right close to the entrance. I wish someone would buy it and bring it back to life instead of un-experienced hunters killing the wild hogs and throwing them out side the road. And also shooting with no regard to the people that live close by. Crystal Lake is a natural wonder that could be made into an attraction that would be bigger than Wild Adventures. From just an old woman that knows what a beautiful place Crystal Lake is. I respect the owner now and the deputy that lives there. He may be off duty from the sheriff department, but the owner has him living there to watch over the place. There are several natural wonders in this area. Coleman pond, Blue lake and Devils Den. I think all are privately owned now.

  3. Charlene Rentz

    So glad you posted all the pictures. Been there so many times. Is there any water there now?

  4. Melissa Woodard Roland

    I loved going to Crystal Lake as a child. The entire extended family went every summer. Thank you for posting the pics. Brings back so many memories.

  5. Jen

    I flew over crystal lake this time last year. It’s closed because of the many drownings that took place. Insurance for the property was unreal. The only greed that was it’s demise were the adults who were too busy drinking/cooking/whatever and not paying attention to children which in some cases, drowned bc of neglect! Ask anyone that worked the ER in those days. I would love to have crystal lake back but not at the expense of losing lives.

  6. Great memories of that place! Each summer loading up the station wagon getting buckets of the Colonel’s finest and heading to the lake for a day of sun & fun. And yes there were several of the “mushrooms”. Water came out the top, ran down the outside and showered over the edges. We everyone when walking the ‘beach’ to the next slide.

  7. Tanya Wilson

    Why can’t it be reopened?

  8. Carolyn Allen Strickland

    I went to Crystal Lake before they ever started building water slides and all that other stuff. There was only the dressing rooms and snack bar. Loved it.
    Thanks for all the pictures. What happened to the lake?

  9. Randall Oliver

    What caused it to dry up? Was it a spring fed lake?

  10. Frances McCranie

    always loved to take my kids there…also enjoyed the slides that had the crisp COLD water….it would take your breath, so cold.., but felt good on a hot summer day!

  11. John

    How did you go about getting permission to photograph there? Been looking for a place for a shoot and would love to do it there.
    Thanks

    • You’d have to talk to a member of the hunting club there. Not easy to get access and a deputy lives on the property so trespassing isn’t advised. Wish I could help but I can’t.

  12. Melinda Beverley

    Thanks for sharing these pics! I remember many Summer’s going to Crystal Lake when I was a child & young teenager with my parents. Memories of the water slides came flooding back as I scrolled through the pics. Sad to see it just vanishing away like this!!

  13. beth

    Thank you for the pics!!!! Brings back many happy memories of my childhood. Nothing was better than a trip to Crystal Lake!!!!

  14. Denise

    I love Crystal Lake….greed was its disparity!

  15. Amelia Auger

    Thanks, for the update and pics! Lots of memories with my family!

  16. Jabe Tucker Gentrt

    I was there just last weekend for a Graduation Party at the Deputy Sheriffs house. It is so sad but I was always told that nature could take back faster than man can build, I did not believe that until I saw for myself last week.

  17. Linda

    The Charlie Daniels Band was probably one of the last times we were at Crystal Lake….shame it is in despair. Thank you for your awesome work.

  18. Jane Davidson Kirksey

    OMG! I so remember when this was the place to be! Thanks for the pics. Brings back good memories.

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