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Latest News – July 14

Twin Lakes: Dining, Drinks and Canoes!

Residents who lived in Leadville 100 years ago had it right. They knew exactly where to head when their small mountain community got packed with Front Range denizens looking to get up into the cool mountain air. They headed south, to Twin Lakes!

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General Manager Andy Wald greets customers at the Malamute Saloon at the Twin Lakes Inn.

And today Leadvillites are no different. So if you’re looking to get a little elbow room, and take in some incredible cuisine and views, then head south to the Twin Lakes Inn and the Dayton Dining Room.

This quaint historic dining room maintains its original name, dating back to 1800, while serving up the today’s freshest dishes and enticing wines.  

“Our meals feature comfortable Colorado and American cuisine served just the way you love it!” explains the Inn’s General Manager Andy Wald.

Their culinary team continues to maintain its reputation for serving up delicious dishes from salmon crab piccata to slow-smoked pork ribs, reservations are encouraged. And while they focus on dinner service from 5 – 8:30 p.m. nightly, they do offer lunch on the weekends (F/Sa/Su) from noon – 4 p.m.

Guests can relax in the Malamute Saloon with a cold beer or cocktail or outside on the patio overlooking Twin Peaks.   You just might see someone you know or make new friends!

Please note that dinner reservations are strongly suggested at 719-486-7965. Wald notes that once the August race season starts, weekend will be extremely busy, so plan ahead. However, he added, in September as the season winds down they have some fall fun planned, so stayed connected with the latest happenings at the Twin Lakes Inn via their Facebook Page.

The Twin Lakes Inn, Dayton Dining Room and Malamute saloon are located at 6435 E State Highway 82, in the village of Twin Lakes, Colorado.

Johnny Canoe: Some Things Just Don’t Change

by Brennan Ruegg, Leadville Today Contributor

“It’s good to know that some things don’t change,” this comment gleaned from Facebook refers to Johnny “Canoe” Gwaltney, of Twin Lakes Village, who elaborates saying, “I’m the only guy that’s still around, and still doing what I’ve always done.”

The winds of change even sweep through Twin Lakes Village, gem of the Sawatch Range in the southern portion of Lake County; businesses change hands, and people come and go (usually ‘going’ in wintertime). But Johnny Canoe is proud to be as perennial as the aspens.

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Twin Lakes Canoe and Kayak Adventures in Twin Lakes, Colorado

In the summertime, you’ll find him lounging in his canoe hut, which is easy to spot just a half block off Highway 82 in the lakeside village. He’s usually picking away at his guitar, sandaled feet propped up in his office chair, the only indication that this even is an office. Old photos, paddles, Big Mouth Billy Bass, and signs reading “GET NAKED” cover the walls of the cabin, signs of a life lived in Jimmy Buffett style. An impromptu studio is set up in the corner with a few instruments, encouraging musical collaboration with the wayfarers and Colorado Trail hikers who often pass through Twin Lakes. In a way Gwaltney is the quintessential Twin Lakes Villager, making a lifestyle of what he loves to do, where he loves to do it. Ever smiling, welcoming, and ever challenging the traditional mode of success modeled in the big city. 

If you can’t guess by his name, Johnny Canoe has got canoes, and he’s willing to share them. Twin Lakes Canoe & Kayak Adventures (TLCKA) offers canoe, kayak, paddleboard, sailboat, and rave runner rentals, for visitors and locals to take out on the pristine Twin Lakes Reservoir for a day or overnight. He also serves Turquoise Lake throughout the summer. TLCKA arranges fishing tours and group events by request as well.

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It’s time for summertime fun on the water! Photo: Twin Lakes Canoe and Kayak Adventures

Summer will find Twin Lakes Reservoir at its warmest (not warm at all), and autumn welcomes the turning of the aspens which are ubiquitous on the lakes. Schedule a time to go peacefully a-rowing on one of Colorado’s most hidden and precious treasures.

TLCKA is located at 6451 Colorado 82, Twin Lakes, CO, and the office phone number is (719) 251-9961. Visit their website for much more on the services they provide at http://www.twinlakescanoeandkayak.com

Twin Lakes General Store: Stocked With Supplies

The Twin Lakes General Store may look like the quintessential country store fromthe outside, and in many ways it is. But be assured there’s so much more inside those doors! For hikers doing the long trails, it’s a welcome break and surprise when it comes to what’s on the shelves. There’s not too much that hikers, campers or Indy Pass cruisers won’t find.

Owners Carl and Katie Bryan are also trying to get that word out about what they do offer since one of the primary hiking guide books continues to print incorrect information after many requests for an update. Here are the details from the Twin Lakes General Store Facebook Page:

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The Twin Lakes General Store has just about everything hikers, campers, boaters and cruisers may need. Photo:Twin Lakes General Store Facebook Page

2017 Through Hiker UPDATE:
We have been informed by several hikers that the guides they are using have some contradictory information in them. We have been told by many hikers that they could resupply here despite what some guides say. You can always send a package as well, we can accept any delivery method, however if you plan to bounce your package only Fed Ex or UPS has that ability.

You may find more current information on the web at The Colorado Trail Foundation and Continental Divide Trail Coalition. Most would agree there’s no need for a mail drop unless you have a specific diet or preferences. Cost is more than a grocery store, but so is sending a package

Mailing instructions are to decorate your package, include ETA and send 
[YOUR NAME HERE]
6451 E. Hwy 82
Twin Lakes, CO 81251

Open 7 days a week. 8-6 is always safe.

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The Twin Lakes General Store is open daily with everything from food to supplies.

Latest News – June 7

Twin Lakes News: Safety, Seminars and Supper

fire-extinguisher-putting-out-fire-shokaJust a reminder to residents of Twin Lakes that Leadville/Lake County Fire Marshal Steve Boyle will be offering Fire Suppression Training today, Wednesday, June 7 at 1:30, at the historic Schoolhouse located at 231 Lang Street in Twin Lakes Village. The fire suppression demonstration will include using extinguishers on live fire. Learn the proper use and procedures for handling a fire extinguisher. Practice releasing the discharge hose on a real fire with an expert on hand to show you proper safety measures. Be prepared and make sure your equipment (and ataff!) is ready for the busy summer season!

Twin Lakes Seminar Series on Saturday

If you’re heading out to Twin Lakes this weekend, be sure to include in your plans a special presentation being offered at the historic schoolhouse on Saturday, June 10 from 4 – 6 p.m. 

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The Twin Lakes Schoolhouse will be the location of the “Islam and the West,” program.

Sponsored by the Friends of Twin Lakes, the program “Islam and the West,” will be presented by local resident Dr. Ahmad Ghais. This is a follow-up to his   “Primer to Islamist Extremism” and “Basics of Islam,” programs from last summer which were very well received. Please note that attendance at prior seminars is not a prerequisite for attending the June 10 program.

Saturday’s “Islam and the West,” event will provide attendees with a historical survey of the 15 centuries since the original revelation of the faith, focusing primarily on interactions with the West. 

Dr. Ghais most recently presented these seminars as a course at Metropolitan State University.  Dr. Ghais does not engage in current political commentary.  The Friends of Twin Lakes believes it is through knowledge that people will be able to understand better, Islam and world events.  The Twin Lakes Schoolhouse located at 231 Lang Street in the village.

Inn, Dayton Dining Room Open for Season  

Also located in the southern part of Lake County, be sure to stop into the Twin Lakes Inn which is running full stride into the 2017 summer season. General Manager Andy and the culinary team, headed up by Chef Edward are offering some great food in the Dayton Dining Room This quaint historic dining room maintains its original name, dating back to 1800, while serving up the today’s freshest dishes and enticing wines.  

“Our meals feature comfortable Colorado and American cuisine served just the way you love it!” explains Andy. And the line out the front door proves it!

Twin Lakes Inn 2017Continuing to maintain its reputation for serving up delicious dishes from salmon crab piccata to slow-smoked pork ribs, reservations are encouraged. And while they focus on dinner service from 5 – 8:30 p.m. nightly, they do offer lunch on the weekends (F/Sa/Su) from noon – 4 p.m.

Guests can relax in the Malamute Saloon with a cold beer or cocktail or outside on the patio overlooking Twin Peaks.   You just might see someone you know or make new friends!

Please note that dinner reservations are strongly suggested at 719-486-7965. Chef Andy notes that once the August race season starts, weekend will be extremely busy, so plan ahead.

Stay connected with the latest happenings at the Twin Lakes Inn via their Facebook PageThe Twin Lakes Inn, Dayton Dining Room and Malamute saloon are located at 6435 E State Highway 82, in the village of Twin Lakes, Colorado.

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Twin Lakes: where the views and the cuisine are pleasures to the senses! Pictured here is Forebay Reservoir located above Twin Lakes in the San Isabel National Forest. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell.