North Twin Lake


The lake was formed about 20,000 years ago when rising magma-encountered groundwater resulting in violent steam explosions. The resulting explosions formed a broad shallow crater, which later filled with water. North Twin has 112 surface acres, average depth of 40’, and a maximum depth of 60 feet. The pine forests that ring North Twin are open at the beach and boat ramp on the north shore. The lake harbors healthy numbers of stocked rainbow trout and illegally introduced bullhead. Fishing for rainbow trout here can be very good with an average catch is 8 to 12 inches in length.

Locals do well angling near the shorelines early and late in the day using bait, flies, or lures. The best bait fishing is along the west shore in the deeper holes using red eggs, power bait, or marshmallows and worms suspended just off the bottom. Rooster Tails, Panther Martins, and dark flies trolled slowly or cast toward shore catch many fish. Fly-fishing is most effective near shore as there are some good hatches of mayflies, caddis, damsels, and flying ants. A boat or float tube is best for fishing on the lake, due to the limited space for back casts.

Motorized boats are prohibited on this body of water. 

For boat launch information see North Twin Boating Site

General Information


See North Twin Lake Campground



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Lake and Pond Fishing

Water levels fluctuate slightly during the year but not enough to affect fishing. The lake supports extensive weedbeds that are prime trout territory. The majority of shore fishing is done from the west shore where the drop-off is steepest. No motors are allowed on the lake. Always check the current ODFW regulations before fishing. Additionally, ice fishing may be a possibility when access is available.

North Twin offers quiet, primitive camping in the pines, a good swimming beach, a dirt boat ramp, and other excellent fishing opportunities nearby. North Twin C. G. has latrines, no drinking water, and charges a fee. The closest resort is at South Twin.

What To Expect

  • Vehicle Access: The lake is about 45 miles southwest of Bend. From U.S. Highway 97 take the Fall River turn 3 miles south of Sunriver onto County Route 43 at the sign to Wickiup Reservoir. Then take Rd. 4260.
  • Fishing Access: North Twin Lake campground,  and trails. 
  • Boating Regulations:  NO MOTORS.  See boating regulations.
  • Fish Species Present: Rainbow trout
  • Physical Characteristics: Size: 130 acres; Depth: 60' Max.; Elevation: 4330'
  • When/How to fish: Get a weekly fishing report from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Popular Fishing Methods: Bank fishing
  • Bait/Lure Fishing Method: Power bait, night crawlers, spinners, and flies
  • Fly Fishing Methods: From bank 
  • Insect Hatch/Flies to Use: Midge imitations, Callibaetis & caddis, dries & nymphs, damselfly nymphs, small woolly buggers. Hatch under construction.
  • Camping Information: North Twin Lake Campground 

Source: “Fishing Central Oregon-Third Edition”, 1998. Geoff Hill, Brooke Snavely, and Raven Wing. Sun Publishing, 716 NE 4th Street, Bend, Oregon.

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