Paddle 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 day. 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 Lakesis 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.
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.
There is a free day use and launch access
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
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. Weather
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. Map