Category Archives: Lakeshore restoration

Ditch 56 Repairs Complete

County Ditch 56 repairs are complete! This photo above shows loose straw covering the strip next to the ditch, which has been seeded with native plants. County Ditch 56 also has these native plants seeded next to it as it runs through the City of Lake Crystal. If you are a landowner along the ditch in Lake Crystal, please be aware that this buffer should also be maintained as required by the buffer law. Please do not mow the buffer!

LC receives $59,000 DNR grant for Robinson Park

On June 1, 2017, the city of Lake Crystal learned that it has been awarded a $59,000 grant from the Outdoor Recreation Program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. This grant will be used for extensive upgrades at Robinson Park.

The project will include:

• A new ADA restroom complete with changing stations. This  part of the project qualifies as the City’s in-kind contribution.

• Nearly 7,000 square feet of native flowers and grasses planted near the shoreline to reduce erosion and reduce to the amount of runoff that reaches the lake. The area will also become a habitat for bees, birds, frogs and other small animals.

• Approximately 600 feet of ADA-compliant trail that will ramble through the new plantings and connect the parking lot with the lakeshore.

• Interpretive signs to educate visitors about the plants, the goals of the restoration and the wildlife.

• 36′ ADA-compliant fishing pier donated by Crystal Loon Lake Recreation Association, Crystal Waters Project and Hewitt Docks.

The work must be completed by the end of 2018.


• $81,000 – City of Lake Crystal: New restroom facility

• $59,000 – MN DNR: trail, plantings, signs

See the poster below for more information.


Successful start to Lakeshore Restoration

On May 17, a group of capable volunteers installed erosion control along the beach at Robinson Park. The measures included biodegradable erosion blankets and wattles to reduce the damage caused by waves.

Ron, Teigen, Matt Teigen, Dustin Demmer of Blazing Star Gardens, and Bob Hobart installed erosion control.

And on Friday, May 26, many volunteers came together to plant about 1,800 native species “plugs”. Three sixth-grade classes came to the park in the morning to help with the task. The students also cleaned previously-planted rain gardens in the park. In the afternoon a cadre of students from the high school joined the effort. Several adult volunteers also assisted with creating holes in the erosion mat, drilling holes and planting, and installing a net to keep geese out of the newly-planted area. The volunteers were all under the direction of Dustin Demmer of Blazing Star Gardens, who developed the plan and supplied the materials and tools.

Sixth-grade students help with the lakeshore restoration.
John Madsen and Tom Cooper hard at work
Receiving instruction in cleaning the existing rain gardens in Robinson Park

Plugs ready to be planted
Creating holes in the erosion mat

West side of beach with netting