Mark Twain Lake

Enjoying the water.

Photos by Sandy Anderson
Article reprinted by permission of 2010 Mark Twain Lake Vacation Guide

Mark Twain Lake reached a milestone in 2009, with the 25th anniversary of the opening of the recreational lake project.
Since its dedication on September 8, 1984, Clarence Cannon Dam and Mark Twain Lake have become a focal point of tourism and outdoor recreation in the region.
Located in Monroe and Ralls counties in Northeast Missouri, Mark Twain Lake has 18,600 acres of surface water at normal pool.
It is surrounded by 38,400 acres of land managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The sparkling waters and scenic lands of Clarence Cannon Dam and Mark Twain Lake provide countless opportunities for outdoor recreation – boating, swimming, fishing, skiing, picnicking, camping, hiking and hunting, to name a few.
The lake is approximately 27 miles in length and provides 285 miles of beautiful shoreline. The lake is ideal for both sailboating and motorboating and provides fishermen with a variety of fish species, most notably crappie, bass and catfish.

Boating on the lake...

You’ll find developed public recreation areas that offer campgrounds, picnic shelters, beaches, playgrounds, boat ramps and full service marinas.
Combined with the private development around the lake and in the surrounding communities, the recreational opportunities are endless for places to stay, and things to see and do.
Nearby towns offer shopping, historical sites and numerous activities that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Fishing
Located in Monroe and Ralls counties in Northeast Missouri, Mark Twain Lake has featured good fishing in recent years, and biologists say 2010 has the potential to be another good year.
Fishing usually starts to pick up when the water surface temperatures reach the upper 40s, normally around the middle of March.
Here’s the pre-season fishing prospects by the Missouri Department of Conservation for Mark Twain Lake.

Mark Twain Landing.

For up-to-the-minute reports, contact any of the bait and tackle shops in the area or check out the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Weekly Fishing Report on their website: www.conservation.state.mo.us
The fish took for are bass, crappie, catfish, white bass, and walleye.
Mark Twain Lake (Northeast Region)
Information: 573/248-2530
Mark Twain Lake Chamber of Commerce
573-565-2228
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
573-735-4097