"The goal of the Association shall be the improvement and ultimate preservation of the historic natural values of Twin Lakes for all users."

A 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization #82-0394746 – Incorporated October 4, 1956

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A 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization #82-0394746 – Incorporated October 4, 1956

Twin Lakes History

Twin Lakes, previously named Fish Lake, became a popular vacation spot in the early 1900’s. People arrived at the lake by horse-drawn wagon or train. Several steam-powered boats served the lake by picking people up and ferrying them to their destinations and by delivering groceries to vacationers’ cabins. Twin Lakes had a sociable atmosphere created by various hotels, resorts, dance halls and boat parades. Bing Crosby, prior to his notoriety, and his cohorts performed locally and were known to canoe to Rathdrum via the creek on Saturday evening.


Fish Creek Restoration Project

The Fish Creek Restoration Project is a long term issue addressing the sediment and nutrient loading from Fish Creek area into Twin Lakes.  This large project encompasses 1600 feet of land along Fish Creek.

How Can You Help

Dear Twin Lakes Neighbor

The Twin Lakes Improvement Association (TLIA) has been working hard to facilitate some positive steps toward improving access through the narrow part of the channel. TLIA submitted a permit on September 9, 2015, through the Idaho Department of Lands to make this happen. With the required notices being distributed to all interested parties, work could start as early as October 15, 2015. This scope of work inclues the removal of the sand and bank stabilization preventing further erosion at the narrow part of the channel. This will allow better navigability through the narrows, providing access to both lakes for recreation use.

This is where we get involved. The projected budget for this phase of the channel work is $10,000, and we know the funding is not going to come from the state, county or the channel fairy. The Twin Lakes Improvement Association has some monies earmarked for this project. You are receiving this request based on the fact that you will derive some benefit from the work that will be done. I am hopeful you will see the need and join with your donation.
Due to the low water levels (currently one foot deep in the channel) this is an excellent time to get the work done, and we will need a quick turnaround on this funding request. If you could, e mail me at fordebto@aol.com with your pledge, I will track the progress for reaching our goal.

Checks should be made out to:
Twin Lakes Improvement Association
P.O. Box 620
Rathdrum, ID 83858

The Twin Lakes Improvement Association is a 501(c) 3 Non-Profit Corporation (82-0394746), and your donation is tax deductible. If we should exceed our $10,000 goal, any funds in excess will be marked for future channel improvements. I apologize for the short notice, However, let’s get this done before someone changes their mind.

Thanks for your consideration,
Debra Andrews
Twin Lakes Improvement Association


The TLIA has been working hard