Twin Lakes Resort deals with spring snow, still expects to fill up for fishing season opening weekend

(Update: added video, comments from owner of Twin Lake Resort)

“We drive by truck. We are going to do it.

LA PINE, OR (KTVZ) — Twin Lakes Complex staff cut, move and unpack everything they need to open for the start of the fishing season on Friday.

They expect the restaurant and all services to be ready for the weekend, despite unusual weather conditions.

Resort owner Kate Dunn says it’s a first – for them, anyway.

“In fact, we’ve never had an April storm like this,” Dunn said Thursday. “It just hasn’t happened yet – it’s new.”

She said they had crews working since mid-March to clear the roads and prepare the resort, but recent storms have complicated some things.

“It kind of threw a wrench in some of our outside projects,” Dunn said. “Some cleanup work has been delayed, but you know, we’re moving by truck. We’ll get it done and we’re still ready to open.

She said her resort, like Crane Prairie, is still open, despite the Crane Prairie and Wickiup Reservoir campgrounds being closed for another week due to weather.

Dunn still has a few RV spots left, but thinks they will be taken up by fishermen who were hoping to camp.

“So I imagine we would be sold out this weekend,” Dunn said.

With the start of the fishing season usually being one of the busiest weekends, Dunn is determined to get her spot ready in time.

“It’s really important for us to be able to deliver on our commitment to these customers, you know?” she said. “They’re counting on us to open, and we’re going to do that.”

Regarding campsites in the Crane Prairie and Wickiup Reservoir areas, the Forest Service said:

“As the fishing season opens on Friday, April 22, snow impacts have prevented our campground concessionaire from completing hazardous tree removal and maintenance work at these facilities. camping in these areas are tentatively rescheduled to open on April 29, providing favorable weather returns this week. Danger tree removal, inspections and repairs are being carried out for the safety of visitors.”

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