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Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos  -- Common throughout the Northern Hemisphere
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Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos -- Common throughout the Northern Hemisphere
Description - Twin Lakes State Park includes Lake Roland and Lake Gerald. The warm inland lake is a haven for anglers in search of walleye, bass, and crappie. In fact, these lakes support sixteen species of warmwater fish. Lake Roland is one of the warmest inland lakes in the Upper Peninsula, making it ideal for swimming and water sports. The park is comprised of 175 acres of rolling hills with mixed hardwoods and a showy, rich understory of botanicals both native and introduced. Day and overnight developed areas within the park give visitors a taste of the easy side of Michigan's northcountry.

Attractions - Twin Lakes State Park is one of the many popular Upper Peninsula attractions. The two lakes, Lake Roland and Lake Gerald, provide anglers the chance to try their luck catching one of the sixteen different species of fish found in the lakes. Lake Roland is one of the warmest inland lakes in the Upper Peninsula, making it ideal for swimming and water sports.

A 62-site campground with electric hookups, convenient sanitation station, and water locations throughout the park attract thousands each season. In the center of the campground is a handicapped accessible bathhouse. Campsite reservations are recommended in July and the first three weeks of August. In addition, the park offers a mini-cabin that sleeps four, has electric lights, electric heat, and a hot plate.

Adjacent to the campground is the day use area with a 500-foot beach, boat launching site, playground equipment, horseshoe pits, volleyball net, beach houses, and a picnic area with both open and enclosed shelters. Each shelter can be rented on a daily basis or reserved in advance.

Several of the nearby attractions include Fort Wilkins, the copper mines near Hancock and Delaware, Keweenaw National Historic Park, the restored mining community at Victoria, Porcupine Mountains, Lake Superior and much more.

Recreation - Recreations available at Twin Lakes State Park include limited hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, water sports, camping, cabin lodging, sightseeing, and picnicking.

Climate - The Upper Peninsula normally experiences mild summers with average temperatures near 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). Winter temperatures average 14 degrees F (-10 degrees C). Rain and snowmelt in the region can reach up to 200 inches annually. Travelers should be aware that significant amounts of snow could fall within a relatively short period of time resulting in hazardous road conditions.

Location - Twin Lakes State Park is located 26 miles southwest of the City of Houghton on M-26.

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Report: Twin Lakes State Park is a wonderful place to visit, due to the warm water and usually sunny conditions. However, Lakes Roland and Gerald both are highly populated with inhabitants (Lake Gerald is slightly smaller than Roland, however.) This means that there will be numerous watercraft on the lake at all times of the day. Plus, the campsites are very small and cramped. If you are looking to do any heavy shopping while staying at Twin Lakes, the nearest chain store (aka Walmart, Shopko, econofoods) is about an hour away in Houghton to the north. One place to visit while you are staying at Twin Lakes is Lake Superior, only about 20 minutes from the campsite. Even if there are no mosquitoes at Twin Lakes, bring the bug spray to Superior for sure. Also recommended to bring if you are going after sun sets is pants and sweatshirts. If you are looking for that morning cup of coffee, I would definitely recommend Twin Lakes Java, across the street from the gas station. You can sit outside on the porch and just enjoy your coffee. Overall, Twin Lakes is a great place to visit, and i would definitely recommend it to my friends.

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Contact Information:
Twin Lakes State Park, Rt. 1, Box 234, M-26 , Toivola, MI, 49965, Phone: 906-288-3321, TTY: 517-335-4623

Additional Information:
Michigan Lakes and Rivers - Michigan is one of the most unique states in the nation boasting not only thousands of acres of interior natural lakes along with miles of waterways but also expansive shorelines that touch four of the five Great Lakes: Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie.
Michigan State Parks and Forests - Everything that makes Michigan special is embodied in the 96 State Parks. Boasting sterling recreation, Michigan State Parks and Forests invite you to enjoy one of their 14,000 campsites, 170 winter-sport areas and infinite rivers, streams, and lakes.
Upper Peninsula - This region encompasses nearly the entire Upper Peninsula landmass embracing windswept mountain tops, tumbling waterfalls, pristine woodlands, scenic lakeshores, and welcoming communities.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.


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