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  • Writer's pictureTina McLain

Twin Lakes

Updated: Apr 29

A set of lakes, one of which is easily accessible in Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

Twin Lakes

Lake Name: Twin Lakes

Main Lake Coordinates: 45.0792, -117.0580

Second Lake Coordinates: 45.08082, -117.05452 Lake Elevation: 6500′ Access: Drive up Note: There is no campground fee.

Location: Near

Administration: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

Ranger District: Hells Canyon Recreation Area

Date Accessed: 8-18-20

Twin Lakes was so unique. Part of the area was affected by a wildfire in the 90’s so it gives a unique feel to the forest. There’s a primitive campground that is right by the lake. There is no fee for camping which is pretty cool. There were only 2 people camping there when I went.

It is called Twin Lakes because there are 2 lakes near each other, which I guess is pretty obvious. The interesting part is that only one of the lakes is “accessible.” The larger of the two lakes has a board walk that goes out on the edge of the lake. It is slowly falling apart and quite a bit of it is underwater. The second Twin Lake didn’t have any trails or access points. It’s sort of hidden in the forest along the road that goes into the campground. I stopped and walked through the woods to the point I could see it to take a picture.

Twin Lakes
Smaller twin lake


How to get there (from Joseph, OR)


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