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Twin Lakes from the Moache Fishing Site
Copyright: Zander Higbie-Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Twin Lakes from the Moache Fishing Site
Description - Nestled below Independence Pass, the Twin Lakes area offers spectacular mountain scenery. The lakes, formed by glacial activity, were enlarged to provide water storage for the ever-thirsty urban areas along Colorado's Front Range. Twin Lakes covers 1,700 surface acres and has a maximum depth of 70 feet. The waters are open to boaters and regulated by state boating laws. The waters are generally cold so if you're planning to water ski bring a wet suit.

Attractions - Two boat ramps, one on the eastern side of the lakes and one on the western side, provide access to Twin Lakes Reservoir. There are five Forest Service Campgrounds in the Twin Lakes area: Dexter, Lakeview, Parry Peak, Twin Peaks and White Star. Campsites at Dexter, Parry Peak and Twin Peaks Campgrounds are first come, first serve. Lakeview and White Star Campgrounds have a combination of first come-first serve sites as well as sites by reservation. Reservations for individual sites are available at White Star and Lakeview Campgrounds as well as group site reservations at Lakeview Campground.

Recreation - The most popular activities around Twin Lakes include fishing, boating, picnicking, hiking, camping and simply viewing scenery. Numerous trails, including one of the routes up Mount Elbert, begin near Twin Lakes.

Climate - Turquoise Lake sits at around 10,000 feet elevation so therefore experiences cold winters and cool summers. Although summer days can reach 80 degrees, the nights frequently dip into the 30's or cooler. Afternoon thunderstorms are common from mid-June through mid-September. Sunny days are common all winter but temperatures can be very cold and heavy snow is possible.

Location - Twin Lakes is located southwest of Leadville and northwest of Buena Vista, along Colorado Highway 82, east of Independence Pass. From Leadville, travel south on US Highway 24 to Highway 82, then go east two miles to the lake. From Buena Vista, go north on Highway 24 to Highway 82, then east to the lake.


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Filed By: outdoor girl
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: As to Lakeview Campground.... Loops A, B, C are reservable...Loop H is not and contains approximately 14 sites...Loops G and F are reservable for groups, but are occassionally opened for overflow. It is generally a pleasant campground, though Loop A can be a little crowded and noisy, and is close to the road up to Forebay Res. Great place for lunch of course is Wild Bills...and Casa Blanca next door has good Mexican fare.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: We stayed at the lakeview campgroung at the end of July for 4 days, we only had 2 other campers in the same area. when we arived and payed for the site a host came by and told use the we could be kicked out because the campground was by reservations only and that there are only 2 non reserve sites. we did get to stay but we were not happy about the manner we were told. other then that we had a good time and were by our selfs most of the time. there was a hiking trail close by and the restrooms were clean. We do plan on going back but with reservations next time.

Filed By: outdoor girl
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Feels like winter in Leadville...though summer is still with us in the lowlands. Fishing is excellent at this time of year..it is actually the most beautiful time of the year. One wonders why all the campgrounds are closed? It is worth the trip...there are excellent undesignated or dispersed campsites above the lakes and close the Forebay.

Filed By: Outdoor Girl (Littleton, Co)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The views are great, however for rugged try Lizzard Head Wilderness. Fishing shoreline is accessible on both upper & lower Twin Lakes. Do not overlook, Forebay Lake up the hill from the Twin Lakes, a little more isolated and not so near to the main road up Indep. Pass...try this area, it along with Leadville has a flavor all its' own...character.


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Contact Information:
US Forest Service, Leadville Ranger District, 2015 North Poplar , Leadville, CO, 80461, Phone: 719-486-0749

Additional Information:
Colorado Lakes & Reservoirs - The lakes and reservoirs included in this list range from small mountain lakes surrounded by snow capped peaks, to large reservoirs with beaches and boating facilities.
Leadville Area - Leadville began as a silver, gold and lead mining town in 1878. It boomed in the early 1880s, when many people became wealthy from the mining investments they made in the vicinity. The true bust of Leadville's mining days came in 1893 when the silver market crashed due to the repeal of the Sherman Silver Act.

Today Leadville's popularity grows with outdoor enthusiasts. The challenging terrain surrounding the mining center beckons hikers, bikers, runners, horseback riders, and cross-country and downhill skiers. Those who come to the area are rewarded with scenic vistas and unending recreation opportunities.
Leadville Ranger District - The Leadville Ranger District includes some of the most rugged terrain in the state of Colorado. Recreation opportunities abound in this region with access to everything from historic sites to rock climbing.

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