It was founded by Lars Krueger in 1666.
Located in or near Wessex County, New Jersey, the town of Crystal Lake takes its name from the nearby body of water also named Crystal Lake. However, after the string of murders committed by Jason Voorhees in the early 1980s, the town changed its name to Forest Green in an attempt to distance itself from the mass murderer.
After Jason's reappearance about ten years later, the town once again returned to the name Crystal Lake for unknown reasons. It has been theorized that the return to the old name was motivated by a desire to attract tourism.
Crystal Lake's most famous landmark, other than the lake itself, is Camp Crystal Lake, an abandoned summer camp a few miles away.