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“Small relaxing lake, not too crowded, everything you need”
Review of South Twin Lake

Ranked #38 of 109 things to do in Bend
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

We LOVE to run up to South Twin for the day. The lake is small enough that I can always see my kids out on their various flotation devices, and it is a relatively warm lake due to its small size. Speaking of floatation devices, bring a couple quarters to blow them up with the compressor at the store and save yourself a lot of time. Should you desire to rent a boat to fish or a paddle boat for fun that is available as well. Treats and camping needs can be found at the store as well as a restaurant.
We camped there one long weekend, while it was quite dusty (hey, its central oregon!) it was lovely being able to walk to both South Twin and Wikiup.
Shhhh, don't let too many people know :-)
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

Plenty of room to park. We loaded all our stuff and went across the lake and camped on the secluded side. Incredible sunrise and sunset.

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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!

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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!

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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.

2  Thank Annie511_13
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