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Twin Lake, Michigan is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in northeastern Dalton Township, Muskegon County.

While unincorporated communities in Michigan lack definable legal boundaries, such are provided for CDPs, albeit for the purpose of the census only, and lacking legal status.

While the CDP includes only the areas surrounding the Twin Lakes and nearby North Lake and West Lake, which are entirely encompassed by the CDP, in the northeast corner of Dalton Township, the Twin Lake post office serves a much larger area that includes much of the northern and eastern portions of the Dalton Township, most of Cedar Creek Township to the east, much of Blue Lake Township to the north, the southeast corner of Holton Township, and parts of Egelston and Muskegon townships to the south.

Permanent and vacation homes surround each of the five lakes within the CDP, while the school, post office, and a small commercial area are in the eastern part of the CDP.

Muskegon is only about fifteen miles from Twin Lake, so residents of this much smaller community have access to the festivals, nightlife, and other activities and destinations that are found in the Muskegon region. Of course, Lake Michigan is also nearby.

The chief route to and from the CDP is M-120 (Horton Road). Other routes include Blue Lake Road, Cady Road, Dalson Road, Michillinda Road, Ryerson Road, Staple Road, and White Lake Drive.

Cities and villages within twenty-five miles of the center of the Twin Lake CDP include Lakewood Club, North Muskegon, Muskegon, Whitehall, Montague, Roosevelt Park, Norton Shores, Fremont, Hesperia, Rothbury, Ferrysburg, Newaygo, New Era, Spring Lake, Grant, and Grand Haven, while the unincorporated communities of Holton, Brunswick, and Dalton are within ten miles.

At the time of the 2020 census, the Twin Lake CDP had a population of 2,056.

In the mid-19th-century, when Twin Lake was first settled by European-Americans, water levels were higher than they are now, and there were only two lakes here when the area obtained its name. Today, there are three named lakes (Twin Lake, North Lake, and West Lake), as well as two other bodies of water.

The settlement grew around the Chicago & West Michigan Railroad line between Muskegon and Fremont, and was founded by Archibald B. Buell, Daniel Buzzell, and his son, George H. Buzzell, who came in 1866. A post office was established on May 1, 1873, with Warren F. Odion as postmaster. Archibald Buell platted the village that same year, although it was never incorporated.

This portion of our web guide focuses on the unincorporated community and census-designated place known as Twin Lake, Michigan. Government entities, businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, events, entertainment venues, and recreational opportunities within the Twin Lake area are appropriate for this category.



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