Michigan State Parks: Twin Lakes

Two people by a state park sign

Twin Lakes State Park is located in the southwestern corner of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

It sits on the western shore of Lake Roland in Houghton County. The nearest town that anyone has heard of is probably Houghton, about 25 miles north.

Twin Lakes State Park is not very large, just 175 acres, and mostly consists of a small day-use area and a 62-site campground. However, its location makes it a great base camp for trips to the many activities that are within a 30- to 60-minute drive of the state park. (See more below)

Camping at Twin Lakes State Park

The campground at Twin Lakes State Park is one big loop with a modern restroom building in the middle. One side of the loop has campsites with a great view of Lake Roland. Unfortunately, the other side of the loop essentially backs up to the main road, M-26, with only a few buffer trees. I would expect at certain times of the summer that could create a lot of road noise.

The sizes of the campsites vary around the loop, with the center sites being much smaller and more tightly packed than the outer sites. On a good note, many of them have been upgraded to 50 amp for the larger RVs and trailers.

Two mini cabins, as well as a lodge, also are available to rent.

Day-use area, boating and trails

The small day-use area at Twin Lakes State Park consists of a beach with a marked swimming area, a swing set and slide, and a few picnic tables and grills. Two pavilions (one open, one enclosed) are available to rent for events.

Lake Roland is considered one of the warmest inland lakes in the Upper Peninsula. Combined with its twin, Lake Gerald, it is a great spot for fishing and water sports. A boat launch is available in the state park.

A short, approximately 1.5-mile nature trail is located across the street from the campground. It was a nice walk in the woods, but we do have to warn you that the official description is a bit misleading. First, the trail is poorly marked, with multiple intersecting spurs that are not on the map. Second, it says “with two scenic overlooks provides a spectacular view of Lake Superior on clear days.” We found the “scenic overlook” – at least the sign. The trees have grown so tall and thick there is nothing to see anymore.

Trails through the woods
Twin Lakes State Park Nature Trail

Activities near Twin Lakes State Park

Twin Lakes State Park is in a prime location for many local activities in and around the Keweenaw Peninsula. This is the perfect place to camp and make day-trips from.

Directly across the street is the 38-mile multi-use Bill Nicholls trail. The entire trail is open for hiking, horseback riding, biking, and cross-country skiing. Additionally, certain sections also allow ATVs & snowmobiles.

Must-see day-trips:

Lake of the Clouds, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

There also are plenty of hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities available nearby in the surrounding state forest. You also can explore the many lighthouses and waterfalls in Michigan’s Copper Country.

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