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Most of the information on this page was pulled from the

Corp of Engineers web site and the Mark Twain State Park web site.


Clarence Cannon Dam and Mark Twain Lake are managed and run by the Corp of Engineers, St. Louis District.  The Missouri Department of Natural Resources manages and maintains Mark Twain State Park.


Here are links to the original sources.

Corp of Engineers - Mark Twain Lake

Mark Twain State Park

Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site


Clarence Cannon Dam & Mark Twain Lake MO
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
20642 Highway J
Monroe City, MO 63456-9359
Phone:  (573) 735-4097


Mark Twain State Park

20057 State Park Office Road
Stoutsville, MO 65283

Phone:  (573) 565-3440



Facilities include 6 major boat ramps, 29 hunter/fisherman access areas, 2 full-service marinas, 2 beaches, 3 campgrounds with 440 sites, 2 group campgrounds, picnic shelters, playgrounds and trails. There are also 30,000 acres of land and water open for hunting in season. There are no horsepower or length limits for boats on Mark Twain Lake.

For information and to reserve Corp. of Engineers campsites, click here.


Recreation Areas

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 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Bluff View Recreation Area       X     A GS X            
Blackjack Marina         X X                
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Frank Russell Recreation Area E X X         X     B Q H   X  
Indian Creek Marina       X X                  
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Indian Creek Recreation Area   $ E N X X X     A GS X B C B H   X  
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area John F. Spalding Recreation Area   $     X X     A GS X B C B Q H      
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area M.W. Boudreaux Recreation Area E X X       A GS X     H      
Mark Twain State Park   X   X     A GS   B          
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Ray Behrens Recreation Area   $ E X X X     A GS X   C B H   X  
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Robert Allen Recreation Area   $       X     A                
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area South Fork Recreation Area   $             A                
 Indicates Corps Managed Rec Area Stoutsville Recreation Area   $       X     A       C        
Corps Managed $ Corps Fees Collected Managed by Others in Italics


E Electric Campsites
N Non-electric Campsites
T Pull Through Campsites
G Group Camping
D Dump Station
A Picnic Area
G Group Picnic
GS Group Picnic Shelter
B Beach
P Swimming Pool
C Fish Cleaning Stations
D Fishing Docks
B Bike Trails
Q Equestrian Trails
H Hiking Trails
I Hiking Trails - Interpretive
R Off Road Vehicle Trails
M Miscellaneous Trails

Corp of Engineers - Boat Launching:  Six major boat ramps and 12 single-lane boat ramps surround the lake. Day-use fees are charged at the major ramps. Day-use fees are $3.00 or annual passes may be purchased for $30.00. Golden Age and Golden Access card holders receive 50% discount.  The annual passes, or Golden Age cards, can be purchased by calling the Corp of Engineers lake Project Office.

State Park - Boat Launch:  There are two four-lane, concrete boat ramps located in the park. One is located off of Route U one-half mile west of the junction of Highway 107 and Route U. The second ramp is located off of Highway 107 about two miles north of the same junction. Both offer access to Mark Twain Lake and there is no charge for using the State Park ramps.  A single-lane boat ramp is located in the campground for use by registered campers.


High Water Ramps:  Mark Twain Lake is a flood control lake, and during extreme flood stage the normal boat ramps can be rendered useless.  There are 4 high water ramps for use during this period.  They are located at the following recreation areas; Robert E. Allen, John F Spalding, Indian Creek, and Stoutsville.  I believe the high water ramps are opened for use when the lake level reaches somewhere around the 625 mark (normal level is 606).


Fish Cleaning Stations:  There are 4 fish cleaning stations available.  They are located at the following recreation areas.  State Park Hwy 107 Ramp, Stoutsville, Ray Behrens, Indian Creek and John F Spalding.

Hunter/Fishermen Parking Lots:  There are 29 hunter/fishermen parking lots scattered about the lake on public lands.  The best way to locate these parking lots is to obtain a map of the lake from the Corp of Engineers, the maps are free and readily available around the lake.  The parking lots can be a great way to access different areas of the lake if you don't have a boat.  Some of these parking lots may require a lengthy hike to reach the waters edge.

Bank Fishing:  One of the most common questions is where fishermen can fish from the bank.  You can fish almost anywhere that you can get to.  There is no fishing allowed at the boat ramps themselves, swimming beaches, or certain areas at the marinas.  Other than that, a few good areas, besides the hunter/fishermen parking lots mentioned above, are near bridges ( no parking on the bridges themselves), recreation areas, or places where the roads or highways are close to the lake.  Again, a free lake map can help locate these areas.

Swimming:  There are 2 public beaches at Mark Twain, one at the Hwy 107 Recreation area in Mark Twain State Park, and one at the John F Spalding Recreation Area.  There is also a beach for registered campers located in the Indian Creek Recreation Area.


Privately Owned Campgrounds:  There are several privately owned campgrounds around the lake, a few of which are Elk Fork, Windmill, Buzzard Roost and Big Larry's.  The Mark Twain Lake Vacation guide is an excellent resource to these campgrounds.




Mark Twain State Park Camping and Picnicking Info


We are located adjacent to Mark Twain State Park, near the junction of Hwy.154 and 107.  The park is dedicated to Samuel Clemons, perhaps America's greatest wit.  The park features 2 four lane boat ramps, a swimming beach, picnic facilities and 5 miles of walking trails.  Visitors may want to attend the information program conducted by park rangers on the natural and cultural history of the area.  Mark Twain Museum and Historical site are located in the state park.  


Camping:  Mark Twain State Park offers basic and electric campsites, a special-use camping area and a group camp. Services available include reservable sites, a dump station, showers, water and laundry.  The group camp, Colborn, accommodates a maximum of 75, and a minimum of 35 campers.


For information and to reserve campsites at Mark Twain State Park, click here.


Picnic Areas:  There are two picnic areas located at Mark Twain State Park, they are in the Buzzard Roost and Highway 107 day use areas.


Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area has about 30 individual picnic sites. The overlook in this area offers a panoramic view of Mark Twain Lake and is one of the most photographed locations on the lake.

There are two picnic shelter houses located at Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area. The open shelter holds between 40 and 45 people. It is available by reservation, or if not reserved, is available at no charge to users on a first-come, first-served basis. The building has picnic tables, electrical outlets, a water hydrant and an outdoor cooking grill.  There is a playground located in Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area.


The Highway 107 Picnic Area has six picnic sites and is located near the boat ramp off of Highway 107. All picnic sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


An enclosed shelter known as Huck Hall is available by reservation only. The building holds up to 100 people. The building has folding tables and chairs, two flush-type restrooms, a small kitchen with a refrigerator and stove and two outdoor cooking grills.


The park has been host to several weddings, family and group outings. The Park Office should be contacted for reservation information.




Clarence Cannon Dam:  Clarence Cannon Dam contains a hydroelectric power plant with self guided tours.  Enjoy the learning experiences of hands-on exhibits that explain why and how it works.  This is a great opportunity to teach the kids about dams and hydroelectric power.

David C. Berti Shooting Range:  Located in the Warren G. See South Spillway Recreation Area - Visitors can enjoy shooting firearms at three covered shooting pavilions that have universally accessible stations.

Mark Twain Country Club:  For golfers, located just 7 minutes from us, straight down Hwy. 154

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Horseback Riding - If you have a horse and like to ride, there are 33 miles of trails and thousands of acres of open land available for your enjoyment.  The Lick Creek trail is 8 miles in one direction, at which point you would turn around and make the return trip via the same route.  The Joanna Trail consists of two loops, one 11 mile loop and the other a 6 mile loop.  If you like to freestyle it, there 45,000 acres of public land to roam on.  Keep in mind this area is also open to hunting, make sure you are aware of the hunting seasons before venturing out.  There is a corral at the Frank Russell Recreation Area.  Horseback riding is not allowed in camping or recreation areas, or the State Park.  Maps are available from the Corp. of Engineers, or from our store.


For a free map of Mark Twain Lake.  Call or write.

Clarence Cannon Dam & Mark Twain Lake MO
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
20642 Highway J
Monroe City, MO 63456-9359
Phone:  (573) 735-4097


For a free Mark Twain Lake Vacation guide:  Call or write.

Mark Twain Lake Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 182

Monroe City, MO  63456

Phone:  (573)-565-2228