Twin Lakes - Bridgeport

Kayaking Twin Lakes - Bridgeport

Twin Lakes Kayak, Canoe, SUP & Kayak Fishing Information

Area Map #113    Miles of Shoreline:  Upper Lake, 3.5,     Lower Lake 3.25                    Surface Acres: Upper 265,  Lower 276      Elevation: 7000’ 

Address: Twin Lakes Road Bridgeport, CA 93517  Ph:760 932-7070     

Kayaking Twin LakesPhoto Credit Elizabeth Malone

Paddle Notes: These two stunning crystal clear alpine lakes are located in the Eastern Sierras. The well maintained Twin Lakes Road is an easy and relatively flat drive. The intriguing scenery, minimal amount of boat traffic, and perfect water conditions make this a must-see paddling destination. If it weren’t for the cold winters, I’d move there in a heartbeat.

The wilderness surroundings provide extraordinary scenery throughout a stunning array of pristine waterways. Whatever your fancy, you're sure to have a good time. Twin Lakes is located in a region of great beauty. While you take in the scenery and tranquility around you, be sure to take your camera to capture breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, and spectacular views.

On warm days, the lake's refreshing waters will be your siren song, luring you to dangle your toes in, take a swim, or get out onto the lake for some aquatic fun. The summer air temperatures can vary greatly from the day to the night, often up to 40 degrees.

Upper Twin Lake has a 35 m.p.h. boat speed limit and allows jet and waterskiing, whereas Lower Twin Lake’s boat speed limit is 5 m.p.h. The only boats I saw on either lake while I was there were a couple of small fishing boats and a number of kayaks pulled up upon the shore. Otherwise, I had these two lakes entirely to myself. After a satisfyingly paddle on the water, this superb kayaking experience will leave you full, rested and wanting more.Kayaking Twin Lakes

Kayak Fishing: Twin Lakes hums with outdoor activity all summer long. Enjoy pristine fishing, boating, camping, and hiking.  Twin Lakes is a kayak angler’s haven, not only does it have stunning scenery, but some of the largest brown trout found in California have been caught here.

Annett's Mono Village and Lower Twin Lakes Resort, have started "enhancing" the state's fish-planting efforts by offering an extra 6,000 to 10,000 trout per season. The California record trout weighing in at 26 pounds, eight ounces, was caught here.

Whether you prefer fly fishing, kayak fishing, shore fishing, tube float fishing or stream fishing, this Mono County paradise will fulfill your needs. Upper and Lower Twin Lakes annually offer up trophy trout. The lake is heavily planted with rainbow trout which are what most anglers catch. The lake also holds a healthy population of eastern brook trout.

Wind & Weather Conditions: The average summer daytime air temperature is 70 degrees, but it was 85 degrees in July the last two times I was here. It is usually calm during the morning and often throughout the entire day. However, according to local paddlers, the wind can become gusty by the afternoon. Both lakes are closed during the winter due to heavy snow fall.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 40 44 49 56 65 73 81 80 74 85 51 42
Low 8 12 19 23 30 36 40 39 31 23 16 0

Terrain: This Eastern Sierra destination is in the Toiyabe National Forest. Upper and Lower Twin Lakes are surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery. These interconnected Twin Lakes are beautiful; each well over a mile long, and about half a mile wTwin Lakes - Bridgeport Kayakingide. Twin Lakes are nestled under the jagged crest of the Sawtooth Ridge.

The rugged and scenic Hoover Wilderness Area can be accessed from the Twin Lakes area, and has additional trails for hiking and horseback riding. The vibrant colors of the towering snow-capped mountains covered with tall pines cast perfect reflections on the smooth, cold-water of Twin Lakes, providing breathtaking scenery during an idyllic paddle. The spring is ushered in with wildflowers. In the fall, the mountains are clothed with vibrant colors as the Aspens get ready for winter.

Open: The lakes are open for kayaking seven days a week, sunrise to sunset, from the last weekend in April to October 31st. Upper Twin Lake has a 35 m.p.h. boat speed limit and Lower Twin Lake has a 5 m.p.h. speed limit.

Fees: There isn’t any day use or fee to launch, but there is a fee to camp.

Lake Facilities: The facilities consist of boating, sailing, fishing, a full-service marina, boat rentals, a grocery store and a boat launch. Waterskiing is allowed on Upper Twin Lake. Horses are available to rent at Hunewill Guest Ranch.

Directions: From the town of Bridgeport, traveling north on Interstate 395, turn left on Twin Lakes Road. Drive about twelve miles to the lakes, launch and campgrounds. Map

Twin Lakes - Bridgeport




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