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Monday, July 26, 2010

North Twin Lake, Twin Lakes Resort and Crane Prairie Resort

Yesterday, before the thunderstorm, Cary, Darlene and I went on a drive up to visit three of the local lakes.  We were only gone 2 1/2 hours from start to finish, and had a really nice time together.  We went south on HWY 97 to Wickiup Junction, turned right on Burgess and drove about 20 miles until we got to the sign that said North Twin Lake.

North Twin Lake:

North Twin Lake is really nice.  It is not a resort, but a rustic campground without hookups.  The lake is small, warm, has a boat ramp and a large sandy beach.  I felt like it was a relaxed place to hang out.  A nice little campground with 19 campsites where people seem to police themselves.  I dipped my toes in the water and thought, hey, I would actually swim here.  I don't like cold water anymore.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

South Twin Lake Resort and Campground:

We left North Twin, got back on the road and turned left.  A half mile up the road we turned left again, heading toward South Twin.  We passed Sheep's Bridge Campground on the right, and kept going until we got to the resort.  There are a lot of places to camp or stay at South Twin.  There is a campground on the right, a campground next to the resort, and and RV park that backs up to Wickiup Lake.

South Twin is a great place to go to take the kids on a picnic and swimming.  The beach is great, and the water is warm.  South Twin is also a small lake, but I think it is bigger than North Twin.

Darlene shared her memories of all the times that she has spent at South Twin.  When the grandkids were little she went there almost daily during the summer with Julia, and then with Susan when they were in town.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
There is a store, cafe, boat rentals and cabins.


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
The resort offers boat and raft rentals.  
These things are huge!


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
The swimming area by the campground.


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
The boat rental dock.  
No motors allowed on this lake.


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
Darlene and Cary head into the store and cafe.


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
There is inside seating ...


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
.... and a big patio for outside dining.


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
Cary and Darlene waiting for our 
Prime Rib sandwiches to arrive.
The food and service were great!


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
Dogs are welcome on the patio.


Back inside the store, there are gifts, food and fishing tackle:

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

After leaving South Twin, we turned left and headed toward Crane Prairie Lake and Resort.  On the long road off of the highway on the way to this lake, a huge red tailed hawk swooped down right in front of our windshield, facing ahead.  Wow!  I wish that I had a picture of that, but I can still see it in my mind.  That thing was big, with a wing span of three feet or so.


Crane Prairie Resort has a very nice RV park with full hook-ups.  The spaces are huge and are not packed in tightly. There is a play area for the kids with Little Tykes play structures and a basketball court.  The offer fuel for your boat and a nice dock/marina.  They even have a laundromat.
 
 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
The Crane Prairie Resort store where 
Cary bought each of us an ice cream bar.


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
The marina has a beautiful view of Mt. Bachelor, 
The Three Sisters and Broken Top.


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
I think that this is Davis Mountain in the background.


Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

The Matthews have camped and fished here for years.
Our visit brought back a lot of memories.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

There was a lot of algae in the lake, but I didn't notice any warning signs about it being toxic.  There is a big Forest Service campground immediately before you get to the resort, which sports a very nice swimming area.  Once, when Shanna and John were here camping with the family, a leech attached itself to Collin!  Yuck.  I don't know if that is still the case around there now; that was 10 years ago.


We headed back home after we left Crane Prairie because the storm was rolling in, and we didn't want to be in the middle of it.  I noticed as we came to the end of the resort driveway that we could have turned left and went to Elk Lake.  We turned right instead, and went back the way we came.  


It was a very nice afternoon excursion with my best friend husband and my other mom, Darlene.  I love the fact that all of this, and much more is within a half mile drive from our home.  Are we lucky, or what?


Here are links for more information on the places we visited yesterday:


North Twin Lake Info
North Twin
Twin Lakes Resort
Crane Prairie Resort
Crane Prairie Campground



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5 comments:

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

The state of Oregon needs to have you on their payroll. You make the area seem so friendly inviting. Your photos a gorgeous. The lake is so calm. We frequent Lake Lanier here in Georgia, but it is huge and frequently choppy. And I'm with you...I don't get into the water until it hits 78 degrees.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Oh, Lisa, you always make my day. Maybe I should skip trying to write a novel and just make a picture book instead? I love the idea of being paid by the state of Oregon to do my blog. Thanks.

I totally hear you about the cold water. Not me ... unless it is over 100* outside of the water.

BECKY said...

Love the photos of the water and the mountains!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Thank you, Becky!

BECKY said...

I just had a scathingly brilliant idea, Kathy.....and Lisa,too, if you come back to read more comments!....
If I get rich selling my book, I'll rent a luxury RV and go around the country, picking up my writer/blog friends, and we'll tour the US! How's that sound?! :D

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