We took the kids swimming for the first time at Twin Ponds this summer. The lower pond has a small sand beach.
They loved it.
Daley liked that the water was warmer than Lake Superior.
Finley liked that the beach had a gentle decline into the water so she could go out pretty far and still be able to touch bottom.
When I told friends about the fun we had at Twin Ponds, they tended to respond negatively with descriptions such as “murky” and “swampy.”
Given the gloomy reactions, I called the city to find out more about the ponds.
Here’s what I learned.
• In years past, the lower pond was maintained as a swimming hole with the water being tested and occasionally drained and refilled. This is no longer the case; it is left to its natural state.
• Because Buckingham Creek runs through the ponds there is some natural circulation so the water is not completely stagnant.
• Buckingham Creek is a classified trout stream (there are 16 in town) and the upper pond is stocked annually with rainbow trout (thus, you will see people fishing off the upper pond’s dock).
• The water appears dark in the ponds because of the iron-ore in the soil.
The day we visited, there were many people enjoying an outdoor summer dip in the natural basin.
Have you gone swimming at Twin Ponds? Share your experience in the comment box below. Thanks!