Boating at Crystal Lake Park

Beginning today, Saturday, May 5th, you can go to Crystal Lake Park and rent a boat on the weekends. Perhaps you might be interested in what this same activity looked like over a hundred years ago. I’ve compiled some photos of people boating on Crystal Lake over the past century.

Postcard of boathouse on Crystal Lake, ca. 1900

Postcard with Boathouse, circa 1900

Man in canoe by boathouse on Crystal Lake, 1901

Man in canoe with Crystal Lake boathouse in background, 1901

People in canoes on Crystal Lake, undated

People in canoes on Crystal Lake, undated

Boy by Crystal Lake with canoe, 1910

Boy near lake with two people in a canoe, circa 1910

Canoes on Crystal Lake, published in the Evening Courier, 1945

"Sure sign of spring is this boating scene in Urbana's Crystal Lake Park, Sunday's warmer weather brought throngs of service men and Champaign county residents to the park, with boating on the lagoon, shown above, one of the favorite pastimes."  - Evening Courier, May 23, 1945

Boating on Crystal Lake, 1962

Boating on Crystal Lake, 1962

Paddle boat race on Crystal Lake, undated

Paddle boat race on Crystal Lake, undated

It’s just as fun today as it was back then!

Erica Stark, Archives Assistant