Twin Lakes - Crimson Lake - Hiking Alberta

 

Twin Lakes reside in Crimson Lake Provincial Park a short distance northwest of the Town of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada.

 

Twin Lakes, Crimson Lake Provincial Park, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada

 

There is a 5 KM (3⅛ mile), one-way distance trail which joins Twin Lakes to attractions and concessions, and the Amerada Trail, around the much larger Crimson Lake at Crimson Lake Provincial Park a few kilometers northwest of Rocky Mountain House.  The connecting trail links the best of both locations.  

Although some maps show Twin Lakes as two separate lakes, this day's reality is a single lake with a peninsula.

 

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Along the entry road there are locations to park at trail-heads for short walks into the shoreline of Twin Lakes.  The Group Camping area is gated off and occupied this day on the other side of Twin Lakes directly across from the dock at the end of the peninsula.  Blooming lily pads and wildflowers embellish clear water.

  

Twin Lakes, Crimson Lake Provincial Park, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada

 

At the northeast end of the Twin Lakes, the trail-head to Crimson Lake is clearly signed.  A youth group has assembled for canoe lessons at the boat launch.  There are several kayaks on shore and in the water.  Fishing, canoeing and kayaking are popular sports on the small lake with a boat launch and dock facilities.

 

Twin Lakes, Crimson Lake Provincial Park, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada

 

At one of the major parking areas along the road, a short trail leads across marsh via long boardwalk to a small island and fishing wharf near mid-lake.  There are excellent opportunities for birdwatchers.

In the wintertime, Crimson Lake Provincial Park is a popular destination for cross-country skiing and for ice fishing in the stocked lakes.

 

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Looking across the lake from the central island to the boat launch area, there is a group of young people preparing to launch their canoes and kayaks.

At another stop closer to the entrance, there is a short, easy, downhill walk to a fishing dock at lakeside.  There are several opportunities to access the shoreline of Twin Lakes for relaxing and refreshing views while enjoying a picnic lunch at an assortment of tables.

 

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There are picnic shelters and playgrounds for children.  Sailboarding is increasing in popularity.  Following the 10 KM (6¹⁄₃ mile) hike on the Amerada Trail around Crimson Lake, a stop at Twin Lakes is a welcome reprieve on the way out of Crimson Lake Provincial Park for return to rest and accommodation at Walking Eagle Lodge in Rocky Mountain House.

There is a 5.8 KM (3.6 mile) trail for hiking or biking which links the northwest corner of the Town of Rocky Mountain House with Twin Lakes and subsequently Crimson Lake.

Photographs for Twin Lakes in Crimson Lakes Provincial Park near Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada were taken on Monday, July 20, 2015.

 

 

 

 

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What a beautiful place to visit!

It is a beautiful spot, Helen, with campgrounds and a convenient link to the larger Crimson Lake in Crimson Lake Provincial Park a short distance west of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada.  Thanks for your comment.

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