Twin Lakes

Kane PA 16735

Please Note.  The water system in the lower loop has been shut down due to MCL of Barium in the source.  No pressurized water in the lower loop.  The upper loop is closed for the 2017 season and until further notice.  The showers and flush toilets are located at the Beach House.

Season Dates

Trout Season to Columbus Day.  Water system and reservations are Memorial Day to Labor Day. For exact start up dates for the water follow us on Facebook or call 814 368 4158

Finding the area

Twin Lakes Recreation Area is located eight miles southeast of Kane. Take State Route 321 from Kane; turn right on Forest Road (FR) 191.  To bypass the low clearance bridge, pass the entrance if traveling south and turn onto Clarion Rd.  Take a quick right onto Dahoga Rd. and follow to the recreation area.  This route does not have a height requirement.

Facilities

Camping Fees:  $16.00 or $18.00 per night, add $5.00 for electric

We recommend RVs or trailers not longer than 28 feet or taller than 10 feet use this area due to small-sized campsites and a railroad underpass with a 10 foot clearance located on the entrance road. Twin Lakes offers 50 family campsites. Each site contains a picnic table, fire ring, and tent pad. Electricity is available at some sites. Other facilities include modern toilets, hot showers, pressurized water fountains, hand pumps, trailer dump station, and playgrounds. Firewood may be obtained from dead and down trees. Two group camping areas limited to 50 people or less are also available. The day use area includes a swimming beach, bathhouse, picnic tables, pavilions, playground, trail around lake, and fishing piers. All facilities are universally accessible.

Twin Lakes Trail begins at the Black Cherry National Recreation Interpretive Trail and extends 15 miles westward to to the Mill Creek Trail traverses 5.6 miles through gently rolling terrain. It can be accessed via the Twin Lakes Trail. Portions of the Mill Creek Trail are no longer maintained. Mill Creek Trail also connects to the Brush Hollow system and is listed on the Brush Hollow map and brochure.

History

The campground was once the site of factory buildings, stores, and company row houses owned by the McKean Chemical Company, which made wood alcohol. A company splash dam, used to augment water levels for the chemical plant downstream, once occupied the site of today’s dam. When McKean Chemical Company closed in the 1920s, the Forest Service acquired the property.

In 1936, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed the present dam on Hoffman Run, creating the swimming impoundment. They built the lower campground, picnic area, pavilions, and bathhouse. The “twin” impoundment was never built, as money planned for its construction was inadequate.d

The upper campground loop was added in the early 1960s, and the bathhouse and sewage system were completely renovated in 1970.

Today, Twin Lakes has been renovated once again. The recreation area has now been made accessible for people with disabilities, and has been modernized to include more campsites and sites with electrical hookups.

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