Notes: Kayakers planning to visit Mammoth Lakes need
to fit beautiful Twin Lakes into their trip
itinerary. Twin Lakes stretches along Twin Lakes
Road, just off of Interstate 395, offering stunning
views to tantalize paddlers. The north end of Twin
Lakes offers a dazzling view of Twin Falls, a
lightning bolt-shaped waterfall, cascading out of
the middle of snow-capped mountain peaks with
towering pines flanking the shoreline’s edge. It is
quite an impressive sight to see on a hot summer
There is no better place to photograph the
majestic waterfall than this special vantage point.
Of the four lakes located in the Mammoth Lakes Basin
listed on this site, the Twin Lakes were the only
ones I saw with the fishermen in fishing inner tubes
on the lake. There were quite a number of them too.
Mammoth Lakes are ideal for family camping and for
all levels of paddlers if a breathtakingly beautiful
surrounding is all you require. So, the next time
you consider Mammoth Lakes part of your summer kayak
itinerary, plan a couple of days at Twin Lakes. It
will quickly become one of your favorite paddling
destinations and will provide you with a host of
fond memories. Twin Lakes is the only lake which can
be accessed by car in summer and winter.
Kayak Fishing: Twin Lakes is known for its
outstanding trout fishing. Most likely because the
lake receives regular plants of trophy-sized alpers
trout during the summertime. Twin Lakes offers
phenomenal kayak angling opportunities for rainbow,
brook and brown trout. There is also an abundance of
fly fishing anglers fishing from floating tubes.
Department of Fish and Game for rainbow trout in the
9 to 11 inch class.
Wind & Weather Conditions: The calm mornings
often become gusty by midday. The average daytime
high air temperature is 70 degrees. At night the
summer temperature often drops below 40 degrees.
Thunder, lightning, and rainstorms are common during
the summer in this region, especially in August.
Terrain: The campground area sits along the
eastern shore on Twin Lakes. It is twice as large as
the campground at Lake Mary and twice as crowded.
However, the shady campsites overlooking the Twin
Lakes makes up for this minor inconvenience. During
the past several years I have been to Lake Mary, I
frequently encountered a mother bear with her two
cubs, in the campground and stealing the stringers
of fish, from angler’s fishing along the shore.
Bears frequent the shoreline in search of food. They
have lost their fear of humans, and have grown
accustom to eating fishermen's stringers, and food
from coolers and backpacks. Keep your pets on a
leash and your children in sight at all times. Do
not carry any food, candy, gum, or beverage on you,
or wear sweet smelling perfumes, and suntan lotions.
NOTE: Nearby Horseshoe Lake is closed to camping and
paddling because carbon dioxide gas has been
detected in its vicinity. Inhaling high
concentrations of carbon dioxide gas can cause
dizziness, unconsciousness, and death. Extreme care
should be taken to prevent children and dogs from
digging up loose soil that has been placed in the
pits. Care should also be taken to avoid a crack 1-2
feet wide that extends from the lake onto the west
shore. Do not lie face down on the ground anywhere
near Horseshoe Lake or the tree-kill area.
Open: Twin Lakes are open daily for kayaking and
canoeing from Memorial Day weekend to October 31st
from sunrise to sunset depending on early or late
snowfall. The boat speed limit is 10 m.p.h.
Fees: There is a free day use and launch access
Lake Facilities: The facilities include fishing,
a boat launch, boat rentals and a general store.
Showers are available for a fee at Lake Mary Store.
Swimming, windsurfing, jet and waterskiing are not
permitted on any of the Mammoth Lakes.
Resources: Tamarack Lodge Resort (Cabin Rentals)
Ph: 760 934-2442
Twin Lakes Store Ph: 760 934-7295
Directions: From the town of Bishop, take
Interstate 395 north for about thirty-eight miles.
Exit onto Highway 203 going west three-point-seven
miles. Turn left on Lake Mary Road and drive two
miles. When you come to the fork in the road, veer
to the right onto Twin Lakes Loop Road. The
campground is on the right-hand side.