Mark Twain Lake, Missouri

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Mark Twain Lake

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Mark Twain Lake is the largest lake in northern Missouri. The Clarence Cannon Dam was constructed on the Salt River. Surrounding the lake is public land, and the Mark Twain State Park. There is plenty of things to do at the state park, including camping, a swimming beach, hiking trails, picnic areas, and a playground. There is also great fishing for walleye, crappie, largemouth bass, catfish, and carp. The area is beautiful with scenic bluffs, quiet coves, plenty of trees, and wildlife.

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LAKE SIZE:
Mark Twain Lake in Missouri has 18,600 surface acres and 285 miles of shoreline.

CONTACT INFO AND DIRECTIONS:
(573) 565-3440

From Monroe, head west toward US 24 E. Turn left onto US-24 W. Slight left onto MO-107 S. Turn right.

GENERAL:
Boat Ramps, Docks, Picnic Area, Outdoor Grills, Restrooms, Group Facilities, Cabins, Swimming Beach, Marinas

CAMPING:
There are 3 campgrounds located at Mark Train State Park. There are basic and electric hookup sites, plus larger family size campsites located in the Coyote Campground. Facilities include showers, restrooms, dump stations, water, and firewood available.

TRAILS:
Barefoot Sam Trail
– .40 mile loop, starts at Mark Twain Birthplace Museum
Dogwood Trail
– 2.25 mile loop, starts at Buzzard’s Roost Overlook area
Post Oak Trail
– 1.75 mile loop
White Oak Trail
– 1.25 mile loop, starts near campground boat ramp
Whitetail Trail
– .50 mile loop, starts at Buzzard’s Roost Overlook area

FISH SPECIES:
Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Walleye

ACTIVITIES:
Fishing
Hiking
Camping
WATER SPORTS:
Boating
Boat Rental
Canoeing
Jet Skiing
Wakeboarding
Water Skiing

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