Twin Lakes State Park

Maps and Area Guide

Recreation Passport:

The Recreation Passport is required for all Michigan state parks, trails, historic sites, boat launches, harbors, and more. Visit Michigan.gov/RecreationPassport for more details and to purchase.

Hours:

Registration Office: 8am-10pm. Campsite: Check-in 3pm, Check-out 1pm. Overnight Lodging: Check-in 4pm, Check-out Noon. Modern Lodging: Check-in 3pm, Check-out 11am. Quiet Hours:10pm-8am.

Dump Station:

Due to infrastructure concerns, Twin Lakes State Park’s dump station will be closed to dumping by non-camping visitors from June 15th to Labor Day. During the off season (May to June 15 and Labor Day to October), Twin Lakes State Park will allow dump station use by non-campers at the price of $10.00 per use. A dump station fee does not apply to campers who are currently camping at the park or checking out that day, proof of having camped within the last 24 hours within the state park may be requested by park staff. 

Alcoholic Beverages and Marijuana Use:

Possession of alcoholic beverages by minors is strictly prohibited. Despite the change in law, the use of marijuana in public is still not legal or allowed. 

Pets:

Pets must be kept on a 6-foot leash and must never be left unattended. Please clean up after your animals.  No animals on the beach.

Special Camping Rules:

Campers may not camp for more than 15 consecutive nights. Campsites must be occupied each night. Two vehicles allowed per campsite. Visitors must leave by 10pm. Fireworks are not permitted.

Michigan State Parks Swimming, Boating, and Water Safety:

The Great Lakes are powerful bodies of water. DO NOT swim near or jump off break walls or navigational channel walls. Always pay attention to changing conditions and the beach flag warning system found in designated buoyed swim areas. Before heading out, visit Michigan.gov/BeachSafety.

Record-high water levels are causing increased river flows, submerged docks and piers, swimming and boating hazards, and other concerns. Learn more about the effects of high water and how to stay safe at Michigan.gov/HighWaterSafety.

Don’t Move Firewood! Help Protect our Michigan State Parks and Campgrounds!:

Invasive insects and diseases have destroyed MILLIONS OF TREES in Michigan, often after hitching a ride on firewood. Purchase only certified heat-treated firewood at the park or nearby vendors. If you don’t use it all, don’t transport it or take it home with you. Campfires are permitted only in designated fire rings. Never leave a campfire unattended.

Michigan State Park Gear and Merchandise:

“These Goods are Good for Michigan” is a collection of partners who work with the Michigan DNR to support parks, trails, and waterways through the sale of products and services. Visit Goods4Mi.com.

Give the Gift of Outdoor Recreation:

Want to give a camping or boating trip to your favorite outdoor enthusiast? Purchase a Michigan state park and harbor gift card or electronic card. Visit midnrreservations.com/gift-cards/purchase or call 517-284-7275. 

Overnight Lodging Facilities:

Want to go camping but don’t own a tent or camper? There are many options available at Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas, including: cabins, yurts, safari-style tents, or lodges and cottages with many of the amenities of home. Visit Michigan.gov/Camping. 

Reservations:

Reservations can be made by visiting midnrreservations.com or by calling 1-800-44-PARKS (1-800-447-2757). For more information, visit Michigan.gov/StateParks.

Contact the Park:

Twin Lakes State Park:
(906) 288-3321
Michigan.gov/TwinLakes

Mailing Address:
6204 E. Poyhonen Road
Toivola, MI  49965

Physical Address:
32650 N. Hwy M-26
Toivola, MI 49965

Twin Lakes State Park is situated in Michigan’s Copper Country located in Houghton County, 15 miles northeast of Mass City and 26 miles southwest of Houghton/Hancock on Highway M-26. The 175-acre modern campground is located on the southwest shore of Lake Roland.

Twin Lakes State Park makes a good base camp for many area attractions. Travel north to Historic Fort Wilkins where the lives of the soldiers and their families during the mining boom of the 1840s are re-enacted. Travel south and see how the first miners lived at the restored mining community at Victoria or enjoy a hike on one of the trails in the Porcupine Mountains. Other area attractions include Keweenaw National Historic Park in Calumet, the copper mines near Hancock and Delaware, and the historic and mineralogical museums in the area. 

The Bill Nicholls Snowmobile Trail traverses the park northwest of and parallel with M-26. 

Twin Lakes Lodge
Formerly the park supervisor’s residence, the Twin Lakes Lodge is surrounded by woods and sleeps 6 individuals in three bedrooms. All three bedrooms have a queen sized bed, including the master bedroom. There are also one-and-one-half modern bathrooms, a kitchen, family room (with television and VCR/DVD player), and dining area.

The kitchen has a refrigerator, stove, microwave, coffee pot, toaster, pans, bakeware, utensils and dinnerware. Outside you will find a picnic table, gas grill (available in the summer time only), and firepit. One of the best advantages to this location is the closeness to the Bill Nicholls Multi-Use Trail. This trail is for snowmobiles and ORV’s. This location is also a great base camp if you like to fish, hunt, swim, golf, cross country ski, hike or just get away from it all in a nice wooded setting.

The lodge is supplied with linens, but there is no housekeeping service and guests are expected to leave it clean for the next users. Pets and smoking are not allowed. There is a two-night minimum stay for the Twin Lakes Lodge.

Swimming & Fishing
Lake Roland is one of the warmest inland lakes in the Upper Peninsula, making it ideal for swimming and water sports. The twin lakes, Lake Roland and Lake Gerald, provide anglers the chance to try their luck catching one of the sixteen different species of fish found in the lakes.

Metal Detecting
Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the natural and cultural resources in Michigan State Parks nor violate applicable state statutes. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.

Hiking & Cross Country Skiing
A 1.5-mile, gently rolling nature trail provides a leisurely hike for all ages. The trail is forested in old growth maples and mixed conifer and is home to Pileated Woodpeckers and other wildlife. In winter and early spring before leaf-out the trail also can provide a spectacular view of Lake Superior on clear days. Trails are not groomed.

Picnic Area & Picnic Shelter
Adjacent to the campground is the day use area with a 500-foot beach, boat launching site, playground equipment, horseshoe pits, and a volleyball net. One ADA accessible open shelter and one enclosed shelter are available for rent. Shelters can be reserved up to a year in advance by calling 1-800-447-2757 or visiting midnrreservations.com.

Emily Lake State Forest Campground
Campsite Fees: $15.00 and a Recreation Passport are required.
Phone: 906-288-3321

Emily Lake has 9 sites for tents and small trailer use and is located on the south shore of the lake. This is a rustic campground with vault toilets and a hand pump well. Camping is available from May through early November. Emily Lake is a deep 54 acre lake, that is planted every season with rainbow trout. The campground is only 3 miles south of Twin lakes State Park and the Bill Nicholls Multi-use trail.  Sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Twin Lakes State Park ORV/UTV
Phone: 906-288-3321  

Enjoy driving your ORV/UTV right from your campsite at Twin Lakes State Park as it is one of the few parks in the state with a multi-use trail running along the west side of the campground. Set up your camping equipment and start riding within minutes of your arrival. Travel from the tip of the Keweenaw to the far western parts of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.Twin Lakes is a great central location–in fact, sometimes during the summer, the park will even host ORV trail rides which start at the Park. Contact the park or www.mi-trale.org  for more info on upcoming rides.

Welcome to Twin Lakes State Park

This business welcomes you and wishes you an enjoyable stay.