West Twin Lake, Michigan, USA

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West Twin Lake is situated in Montmorency County in the northeastern region of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. This 1,313-acre lake is paired geographically with East Twin Lake, which does indeed reside to the east of West Twin Lake, as does the town of Lewiston, Michigan. West Twin Lake is about 35 miles inland from Lake Huron and 70 miles inland from Lake Michigan.

Popular recreation in the area includes tennis, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, bird watching, sightseeing, biking, hiking, miniature golf, and golfing during the warmer months, with four golf courses in the Lewiston area. Winter recreation is also full of choice with downhill and cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. There are well-developed and well-maintained trails for snowmobilers, and Montmorency County has designated trails for off-road vehicles and all-terrain vehicles throughout the rural countryside.

Montmorency County has a population of about 10,500, with local economies supported mainly by agriculture, forestry, and tourism. With its great hardwood forestland, it’s also known as the Elk Capital of Michigan. More than 85 percent of this county is considered forest, and there are more than 245 lakes and reservoirs in this county alone, with Michigan as a state boasting more than 11,000 lakes and reservoirs total.

The Twin Lakes Property Owners Association (TLPOA), founded in the early 1980s, has been promoting the stewardship of both West Twin Lake and East Twin Lake for decades and continues to do so. They are involved in organized programs to protect the water quality of these lakes as well as prevent development-based pollutants from entering the waters here. They are proving that their efforts are successful, since good water quality has remained steady since the 1970s.

Fishing in West Twin Lake is legendary, and recent years are no exception, with common species such as walleye, sunfish, bluegill, rock bass, yellow perch, northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, steelhead, perch, pumpkinseed sunfish, and brook trout being fished. Some years, the lake is stocked with walleye, to the tune of 65,000 to 130,000 fish. Tiger muskie was also stocked in previous years, but no more–although it appears that a solid population of this species has been established in the lake through these stocking efforts. The parts of the lake that have deep weed growth, which occurs mostly around the western and southern shorelines, are great for fishing as well.

Obviously, boating is also popular on West Twin Lake, as are canoeing, kayaking, pontooning, jet skiing, and water skiing. West Twin Lake is a wide lake, rather like an oval with pinched points on the west and east ends, that allows a great choice of water activities. With a mostly sand-covered and gravel-based bottom along much of its shoreline, the lake is also popular for swimming.

Hunting and trapping are also popular activities with the dedicated sportsmen of Michigan. From wild turkey to black bear to snowshoe hare to white-tailed deer, hunters enjoy the densely forested areas around Lewiston and the Twin Lakes. Trappers have a variety of game to choose from, including muskrat, beaver, weasel, and raccoon, as well as many more species.

The area is replete with woodland, including lowland conifers such as eastern tamarack, black spruce, and northern white cedar; wetland forests are filled with black ash, red maple, and slippery elm; hardwoods include sugar maple, basswood, and American beech. But the most populous species in the area surrounding West Twin Lake are white pine, jack pine, red pine, red oak, white oak, aspen and white birch.

West Twin Lake is only half of the water attraction in the immediate area, with East Twin Lake providing the other half. Lewiston borders East Twin Lake, which is smaller than West Twin at 830 acres. With a population of about 1000, Lewiston is a great area for visiting local shops–including specialty stores featuring quilts, antiques, furniture, home decorations, and art–and participating in seasonal events and activities for locals and vacationers alike. Lined with informal eateries, including pizza parlors, sandwich shops, and ice cream shops, as well as bars, diners, and lovely restaurants, there’s sure to be something for every taste.

A great time to visit West Twin Lake is in late spring, around mid-May, when the annual Morel Mushroom Festival takes place in Lewiston. This popular event features a wide variety of dishes that focus on the local fungus–which is highly sought after and is often found on organized group “morel hunts.” This festival also features a large arts and crafts show, guided forays into the local wilderness in search of morels, and many other fun family-oriented activities.

Lewiston has an electric array of accommodations for vacationers who are looking forward to visiting West Twin Lake. Bed and breakfasts, privately owned motels and hotels, condos, campgrounds, historic inns, motor inns, and other lodges and resorts can be found in the area. Around the lakes, which are heavily developed with residential properties, docks jutting out into all areas of the lakes, short- and long-term cottages and lakeside homes are available for rent, some with gorgeous views of the waters and scenery. Many rentals include private docks and beach access.

West Twin Lake and East Twin Lake are features of the Au Sable River Watershed. The water from these lakes moves out in a general southwestern direction and feeds the northern branch of the Au Sable River. West Twin Lake is only 26 feet deep at its maximum, and it averages less than 10 feet, with only a few areas dipping down to greater depths.

Many vacationers find that spending a few weekends or a week or two each year on West Twin Lake isn’t enough, and they decide to relocate to this area. With so many lovely homes to choose from, homebuyers will delight in touring lakeside cottages, recently built A-frame homes, and renovated older homes with modern amenities. Although the lake’s shore is rather well-developed, West Twin Lake has a truly private and secluded feeling about it, as the deep forest surrounding the lake remains intact and adds privacy around the residences.

Things to do at West Twin Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Antiquing

Fish species found at West Twin Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Brook Trout
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Muskellunge
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Pumpkinseed
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Steelhead Trout
  • Sunfish
  • Tiger Muskellunge
  • Trout
  • Walleye
  • Yellow Perch

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West Twin Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

Surface Area: 1,313 acres

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,219 feet

Maximum Depth: 26 feet

Lake Area-Population: 990

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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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".

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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