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Petition asks state to allow motorboats at Twin Lakes

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South Twin Lake

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) -- The Oregon State Marine Board is soliciting written comments on a petition it received Thursday for North and South Twin Lakes in Deschutes County, asking to allow the use of electric motors, at a slow-no wake speed.

Petitioner Gerald Gerdes said the move would give seniors and the disable access to more of the lakes, for fishing and recreation.

Written public comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, and can be submitted via email to or by U.S. mail to Jennifer Cooper, Administrative Rules Coordinator, Oregon State Marine Board, 435 Commercial Street NE, Suite 400, Salem, OR 97301. Comments via telephone will not be accepted.

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The board will consider the petition at their Jan. 22 quarterly meeting in Salem.

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  1. can’t we keep just a few places from being fowled by petroleum and engine noise? The spark plug crowd has plenty of places to tear it up as they please – they don’t have to have all of it.

  2. Did you read the article? It specifically says electric motors. As someone who’s grown up being at S twin (In my younger days it was just twin lake) I don’t think electric motor powered boats will disrupt the chaos that already goes on there. Its a busy place with all kinds of things going on.

  3. These lakes are generally more heavily populated and used for many people. Why not let electric motors. It’s not like you go to either of these and an electric motor will disturb your peace any more then all the other recreational users. A great way for disabled people to get out and enjoy as well. If you don’t want to be around other people there are plenty of options here. Options disabled people don’t have access to.

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