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“Very Relaxing... Bring Quarters and Visit the Fish Hatchery, Too”
Review of South Twin Lake

Cape Coral, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Very Relaxing... Bring Quarters and Visit the Fish Hatchery, Too”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

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!

Visited June 2013
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Bend, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
397 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“What a treasure! Loved our visit here.”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

The drive to the Twin Lakes was beautiful and we were so glad we were directed to the resort at South Twin Lake. We were able to buy all we needed for my husband's first attempt fishing in Central Oregon on his own and the staff at the resort store told us all we needed to know. We were even able to sit on the patio after enjoying the gorgeous lake for a nice lunch. Loved it!

Visited June 2013
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Redmond, Oregon
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“RESERVATIONS A BREEZE”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

The ladies at the check-in counter were friendly and courteous. The day we were there they were very busy but remained calm and did a great job. Way to go Ladies.

Visited May 2013
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Bend, Oregon
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great Kids Lake”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

I took my kids to South Twin when they were little and have friends who take their kids now. It is a great family lake with swimming for the kids--big and little. Enjoy!

Visited July 2012
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Bend, Oregon
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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“What a wonderful relaxing family friendly place”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

Had a very enjoyable day at the lake. We kayaked and paddle boat. The whole family had a fun time. What is awesome place

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