Twin Lakes (Alaska)

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Twin Lakes
Twin Lakes, AK.jpg
LocationLake and Peninsula Borough, Alaska
Coordinates60°38′20″N 153°51′47″W / 60.63889°N 153.86306°W / 60.63889; -153.86306Coordinates: 60°38′20″N 153°51′47″W / 60.63889°N 153.86306°W / 60.63889; -153.86306
Basin countriesUnited States

Twin Lakes is a complex of two large lakes in Lake Clark National Park in the U.S. state of Alaska[1] near the northeast corner of Lake and Peninsula Borough. It contains a 6-mile-long (9.7 km) upper lake and a smaller 4-mile-long (6.4 km) lower lake, joined by a short connecting stream. The lakes outflow westward into the Chilikadrotna River[2] (and eventually into the Mulchatna and Nushagak Rivers and Nushagak Bay). It is quite remote and unpopulated, except in the late summer as it is a popular hunting spot.

The lake complex was the retirement home of amateur naturalist Richard Proenneke (1916–2003), who spent most (1968–1998) of the last 35 years of his life living there in a log cabin he built by hand. (See One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey and Alone in the Wilderness).[3]. It is only reachable by air taxi via a float or a wheel plane.[4]



  1. ^ "Stunning Wilderness". National Park Service. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Lake Clark Brochure" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Proenneke's Cabin". National Park Service. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  4. ^ "How to Visit the Twin Lakes of Alaska". USA Today. USA Today. Retrieved 21 August 2018.