Photos and videos: Twin Lakes, Colorado, March 2021

This page features drone-captured photos and videos of Twin Lakes in central Colorado.

The Twin Lakes are alpine lakes near the headwaters of the Arkansas River that were carved by glaciers during the Ice Age. Since then, the lakes have been dredged and now cover 2,700 acres. The lakes, popular among boaters and anglers, also store water for Colorado’s fast-growing Front Range.

Some of the water in the lakes comes from the other side of the Continental Divide thanks to the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project. This transbasin diversion takes water from the Fryingpan River’s watershed, part of the Colorado River Basin, and transports it to the Arkansas River, which eventually empties into the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico.

DateMarch 31, 2021
LocationTwin Lakes, Colorado (map)
CreditMitch Tobin/The Water Desk
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