Twin Lake, Michigan, USA

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Horace Greeley may have advised, “Go west” but, if he had been in Muskegon, he might have said, “Go east” instead – to Twin Lake. A few miles east of Muskegon on the ancient Lake Chicago glacial lake plain lies the tiny unincorporated Village of Twin Lake. The little city’s claim to fame is Twin Lake-or all of the four small lakes that make up this collection of fine summer residence lakes in the West Central Tourist Region.

The area around Twin Lake is filled with many small (less than 100 acres) spring-fed, sandy-bottomed lakes. From above, the series of lakes looks much like animal tracks in a muddy glen. These lakes were all formed from melting glacial ice and do not interconnect. All are privately owned except for Twin Lake which has a county park at the Village of Twin Lake. The four lakes in the Twin Lake group (West, North, Middle and Twin Lake) are separated by less than a mile and populated with private residences and summer cottages. Many offer vacation rentals by the week or month. But Twin Lake is the sort of place where you’ll want to stay for the entire season.

The shallow sandy lakes are ideal for swimming and especially attractive to families with children. The all-sports lakes are available for canoeing, kayaking, pontooning, and pleasure boating. The maximum depth of the lakes is 19 feet, with average depths ranging from six to nine feet. Because the only lake with official public access is Twin Lake, there is little boating pressure – much to the delight of fishermen. Nothing is more peaceful than watching the sunset over a deserted lake from a private deck, dock or beachfront campfire ring.

The clear waters support a variety of fish, including yellow perch, bluegill, black crappie, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and pike. Nearby cold water streams conceal rainbow, brown, and brook trout for the discerning fly fisherman to seek out. Although there is no direct outlet, the lakes form the headwaters of Bear Creek via seepage which drains into Bear Lake, Muskegon Lake, and on to Lake Michigan. The Muskegon Lake Watershed partnership works with area residents and school children to educate and protect the entire watershed.

The area around Twin Lake is primarily wooded with some farmland. Bicycling is a popular activity, with several trails available in the area. Wildlife viewing is plentiful with whitetail deer, wild turkey, squirrel varieties, red fox, coyote, bobcat, raccoon, opossum, mink, muskrat, beaver, otter, Canada geese, and various species of ducks. The varied terrain supports a wide variety of birds for viewing. In winter, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and ice skating are popular activities.

The Twin Lakes group is a small community with friendly neighbors and all necessary supplies available in the Village of Twin Lake. A couple of casual eating establishments are available in the Village. For more variety, many visitors make the short seven-mile trip to Holton. The small community of Lakewood Club is only five miles away. More than 10 golf courses are available within a 10-mile radius. Just north of Lakewood Club is Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, providing art experiences for talented young people each summer. Some performances are open to the public and shouldn’t be missed.

The Arts Camp is located in the southern reaches of the Manistee National Forest. The National Forest provides camping, fishing, hiking, and Michigan history experiences for all ages. Popular a bit farther north is white water rafting on the Pine River, one of the Lower Peninsula’s premier white water streams. Eight miles from Twin Lake is Michigan’s Adventure, a full-scale amusement park/water park. This is a stop roller coaster aficionados simply can’t miss. Twin Lake makes an ideal home base for accessing these local attractions.

Less than 15 miles away from Twin Lake is the city of Muskegon, a veritable cornucopia of activities, festivals, nightlife and tourist delights. Some must-see locations are: Muskegon Art Museum, The Actor’s Colony (begun by Vaudeville entertainers early in the last century as a summer cottage colony, including Buster Keeton’s parents), the Hackley & Hume Historic site, and the Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum. The Naval Museum offers a historical submarine and a Coast Guard cutter at dockside available for tours. Of particular interest to veterans and children who are fascinated by military memorabilia, overnight stays are available on both ships.

If visitors wish a larger lake experience, Lake Michigan has miles of beaches, a light station, swimming areas, dunes, and all sorts of historical sites to experience. The adventurous visitor can cross Lake Michigan aboard the Lake Express high-speed passenger and car ferry, from Muskegon to Milwaukee. At the end of the day, visitors can return, tired but happy with their experiences, to their vacation rentals at Twin Lake.

Twin Lake should become a regular seasonal destination; it may easily become a family tradition. Schedule a visit to Twin Lake as soon as possible-you won’t be sorry you did.

Things to do at Twin Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Biking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • National Forest
  • Museum
  • Amusement Park

Fish species found at Twin Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Brook Trout
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Trout
  • Yellow Perch

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Twin Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

Surface Area: 178 acres

Shoreline Length: 3 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 686 feet

Average Depth: 8 feet

Maximum Depth: 20 feet

Trophic State: Mesotrophic

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Trophic State | LakeLubbers

Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

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Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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Completion Year | LakeLubbers

This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

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Water Volume | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

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Average Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

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Surface Area | LakeLubbers

This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

"Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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Lake Type | LakeLubbers

There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

- A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

- A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

- A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

"Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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