Hubby and I happened to be visiting family in Oregon on Free Fishing Weekend, so we took the fishing poles to South Twin Lake. According to friends, the lake has some huge trout, but that day they weren't hungry. Nobody got even a nibble...but at least we didn't pay for a temporary license. :) In retrospect, we should have rented a little boat. Not that the people in boats were catching anything, but they at least had a nice boat ride, and it was a rare Oregon day with absolutely no clouds or cold winds. In fact, some of our paler friends got sunburned. The only wildlife pictures we got were of a friendly chipmunk. The lake is big and picturesque, surrounded by trees.
The lake has everything you need to spend a day or a week. They have a boat ramp, restaurant, a store and cabins. Friends say the cabins (there are different types that range from basic to plush, with prices that range accordingly).
The store had friendly employees and a nice variety of fishing equipment and touristy stuff that was reasonably priced, so we bought some T-shirts. I wish I had bought the fish can opener, too. ;) The kids enjoyed wading in the water up to their ankles.
On our way back from Twin Lakes, we visited the South Twin Lakes fish hatchery (free entry and ample parking). It was different from the Marion Forks fish hatchery, which is not set up for visitors like the Twin Lakes hatchery. This one had a stream where fly fishing was allowed; it had educational signs about the hatchery and the trout; and it had a fish food vending machine (25 cents for a handful). The kids had an absolute blast feeding the fish, because the food made the trout go into a feeding frenzy, even partially jumping out of the water. Heck, the adults had fun feeding the fish, too!
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