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Lake: Twin Lakes

Access to Twin Lakes

Post By: malty falcon      Posted: 1/16/2017 2:29:35 PM     Points: 3617    
Last week I went solo to Twin Lakes on Wednesday morning, arriving about 8AM. The road into Dexter Point was blown in to 16" of snow, and there was a big 'wallow' where somebody had gotten stuck, right off the road. Since I cannot/will not try tp dig out my full-sized truck, I sat beside the road, wondering WHAT I was gonna do.

Along comes a Lake County plow, and I waved him down to see if he was going to plow the road down to the lake. Bob said he would do it the next day, since he had a lot of streets to get to first. As he drove off, though, Tim pulls up next to me, with fishing gear on display. As we started to chat, Bob turns around and plows off the road!!!!! My HERO!!

My question for this weeks adventure, is the road into Dexter Point passable for Wednesday? It is an hours drive from home to Twin, and I'd hate to get turned back to Clear Creek Reservoir as a back-up plan.

By the way, Tim and I met on Antero three years ago, and remembered me from FxR! We fished all day together, sharing tall tales and such. We had the whole lake to ourselves until 2PM, when a pair of Para-skiers showed up to fool around. Later, wqe saw a few cars pull in to take wedding photos, complete with a big white dress! There was 3" of water and 4" of slush on the ice, though, and they didn't last long.
 Reply by: bratfish      Posted: Jan. 16, 3:18:37 PM     Points: 1084    
snow was still knee deep last i saw.
 Reply by: 3bxl      Posted: Jan. 16, 3:57:39 PM     Points: 135    
How do you you've to the lake from 24???
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: Jan. 16, 5:00:43 PM     Points: 3617    
From Hwy 24, turn west on CO 82. It is appr. 6 miles to Dexter Point turnoff.

Bratfish, if the road into boat ramp is knee deep, did you drive it? Or hump the sled down to the ramp?
 Reply by: bratfish      Posted: Jan. 16, 5:52:32 PM     Points: 1084    
didn't even try. I'm learning sometimes its better not messing with it. i hate deep snow.
 Reply by: spawnbags      Posted: Jan. 16, 5:59:40 PM     Points: 1    
Went up Sunday the lake was covered with about 6 to 8 inches of slush everyone was having a hard time even driving a quad or snowmobile on it the parking lot was about 12 inches of snow and everyone was getting stuck there was one lane down to the parking lot it was horrible
 Reply by: pathfinder 1      Posted: Jan. 16, 9:07:49 PM     Points: 340    
Went up Thursday night, road was plowed to the boat ramp, parking lot was buried, had a difficult time getting my truck and atv trailer turned around. put up my pop up and went to bed in the morning didn't even take the bike off the trailer, a couple of guys got stuck going down the ramp and realy buried their rigs in the slush, goof 6-7 inches with about a foot of snow on top. Dow guy said they wouldn't open the gate till there was 10 inches of ice, there is currently 8 inches of ice, a lot of surface water getting on the lake at the boat ramp. need some real cold weather to freeze up the slush
 Reply by: Raiders2400      Posted: Jan. 24, 7:18:18 PM     Points: 0    
Is the boat ramp open to vehicles yet at twin??
 Reply by: snowscum      Posted: Jan. 25, 7:12:11 PM     Points: 78    
So is it worth even trying TL this weekend????
 Reply by: Raiders2400      Posted: Jan. 25, 8:03:42 PM     Points: 0    
Does anyone know if it's worth coming up to fish this weekend. .....ice thickness,.open gate ect..??? I'm coming from Pueblo is dexter point plowed?
 Reply by: Sten      Posted: Feb. 1, 10:02:17 AM     Points: 225    
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Check this out, local news paper says ice conditions are pretty poor up there.
 Reply by: mntman742      Posted: Feb. 1, 10:05:20 AM     Points: 93    
there is always open water on the west end of twin in front of plant.
At end of article they said they will not open up the gate on twin this year.
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: Feb. 1, 10:44:52 AM     Points: 3617    
Rats, I really wanted to hit Twin on Feb 2. Guess it's over Monarch to Blue Mesa, again.😟
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: Feb. 3, 9:16:14 AM     Points: 3617    
UPDATED

I went to Twin on Feb 2. Dexter point boat ramp has plenty of ice, Bob plowed the road again and foot access to the lake is great! 4" crusted snow, on top of 4" frozen slush, on top of 14" hard clear ice..

Power plant area is open water, though, almost to the old Interlaken resort.

Power plant parking lot is plowed, but pulling a sled down to the ice would be brutal- deep and steep snow there..

Upper lake access is all well plowed, but with steep berms, and deep snow, this area looks really tough to access.

I saw three guys on ATV get onto lake at Dexter Point, then head out to the middle of the lower lake. At one point, they turned around abruptly, I think their sled broke thru the crusted slush. After a little yelling and panic, they returned the way they came in, and fished the middle of lake in front of Dexter. We fished shallow, and only caught rainbows.
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: Feb. 3, 4:29:43 PM     Points: 3617    
Forebay #2 is completely open water. Parking lot was just plowed, but there is a big wall of snow to cross, then deep snow down to the water. If you fish it, you will have lots of solitude!

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