Twin Lakes Recreation Area

The Twin Lakes Recreation Area, an area surrounding two natural glacial lakes 5 miles west of Manson, provides a recreation oasis in the midst of the rural landscape.  Residents of Manson have access to numerous amenities within minutes of their homes.

North Twin Lake encompasses 570 acres, with a shoreline of nearly 7 miles.  The lake is home to approximately 325 private residences.  North Twin is also home to: a new 7-mile multi-use recreation trail; three state parks; two county parks; two boat ramps; a campground - providing RV and tent sites; cabin rentals; picnic and playground areas; a six-acre restored native prairie; restaurants; a marina; and, a Christian camp - offering miniature golf, rock climbing, a toboggan slide, and indoor basketball court, summer camps, lodging and much more.   North Twin Lake has also become the regional destination for boating and water sports.

South Twin Lake is owned by the State of Iowa and covers an area of nearly 600 acres.  Most of the shoreline of this shallow lake is undeveloped.  The north end of the lake serves as a wildlife refuge and a bird sanctuary. The lakeshore is home to deer, pheasant and other wildlife.  Public Hunting is permitted on the south half of the lake.  A nine-hole lakeside golf course provides a serene environment for those seeking a relaxing outing.  A new boat ramp and public park were developed on South Twin Lake in 2006.

     photo collage of Twin Lakes