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Camping

Mark Twain Lake offers a variety of camping opportunities ranging from primitive, hike-in sites to developed sites with water, sewer, and electrical hook-ups. Primitive campsites can be found along both Lick Creek and Joanna Trails, several of the hunter/fisherman access areas, and at the Indian Creek Hike-In campground. For those looking for a few more amenities, click on one of the developed campgrounds below to find out what each of them has to offer.

The Golden Passport Program expired December 31, 2006. Golden Passports are still honored at Corps recreation sites, but can no longer be issued by the Corps. The Interagency America the Beautiful Senior Pass for age-related discounts and the Interagency Access Pass for disability-related discounts have replaced the Golden Age/Golden Access Passport passes. The America the Beautiful Passes are available at Ray Behrens Recreation Area, Indian Creek Recreation Area, Frank Russell Recreation Area, and the M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center.


  Reservable Sites Available Family Standard Single without Electric Family Standard Single with Electric Family Standard Single with Electric, Water, and Sewer (Full Hook Up) Opening and Closing Dates
Ray Behrens 112 N/A $18.00 $24.00 March 31 - November 20
Indian Creek 97 $8.00 $18.00 $24.00 March 31 - November 20
Indian Creek Group Camp 25 N/A $18.00 N/A May 19 - September 5
Frank Russell 41 N/A $18.00 N/A March 31 - November 6
John C. "Jack" Briscoe Group Camp 20 N/A $18.00 N/A May 19 - September 5

Campground Information

Ray Behrens Campground offers a variety of amenities. Each campsite is equipped with a fire ring and a paved parking pad. Many of the campsites in this area are more open than at Frank Russell or Indian Creek offering the ideal place to set up large campers or play games that require more open space. There are also several playgrounds and a boat ramp available for use within the recreation area. Shower and restroom facilities are available in each of the loops.

Camping Fee: $18.00/electric site
$24.00/full hookup site

Open: March 31 - November 20
Deer Run (First Come, First Serve)
Sites 1A - 25  March 31 - November 20
Sites 40 - 47B  March 31 - November 20
Sites 26 - 39  April 14 - October 9
Little Blue Stem (Reservable)
Sites 50 - 66  April 14 - September 25
Sites 74 - 81  April 21 - September 5
Sites 99 - 104  April 21 - September 5
Sites 48 - 49  April 7 - October 16
Sites 67 - 73  April 7 - October 16
Sites 82 - 98  April 7 - October 16
Sites 105 - 116  April 7 - October 16
Cedar Ridge (Reservable)
Sites 117 - 157 May 5 - September 25

With its scenic entryway and thoroughly wooded camping areas, Indian Creek offers the most primitive feel of any of the campgrounds at Mark Twain Lake all while offering full hook up sites with 50 amp service available on some. Each campsite is equipped with a fire ring and a paved parking pad. There are also several playgrounds and two boat ramps available for use within the recreation area. Shower and restroom facilities are available in each of the loops. Additionally, Indian Creek has its own beach within the recreation area.

Camping Fee: $18.00/electric site
$24.00/full hookup site

Open: March 31 - November 20
Sentry Ridge (First Come, First Serve)
Sites 1 - 8  March 31 - November 20
Sites 41 - 65  March 31 - November 20
Sites 9 - 40  May 19 - September 5
Night Hawk (First Come, First Serve)
All Sites  April 28 - September 25
Fox (Reservable)
All Sites  April 21 - October 9
Eagle Point (Reservable)
Sites 122 - 125  May 5 - September 11
Sites 148 - 177  May 5 - September 11
Sites 126 - 147  May 19 - September 5
Hike-In (Reservable Dates)
Memorial Day  May 25 - May 30
Fourth of July  June 28 - July 5
Labor Day  August 31 - September 5

Frank Russell Campground Map

For those interested in staying near the dam, doing some horseback riding, or hiking the Joanna trail, Frank Russell is the place to stay. This campground features a nearby horse corral as well as easy access to the longest trail at Mark Twain Lake. The Frank Russell Recreation Area also features a beautiful environmental demonstration area complete with an ADA accessible fishing pond, various habitat types, and plenty of wildlife throughout the year.

Each campsite is equipped with a fire ring and a paved parking pad. There are also several playgrounds and an amphitheater area available for use within the recreation area. The shower facility at Frank Russell is one of the largest on the project and is conveniently located near the center of the campground. There are also several other restroom facilities within each loop.

Camping Fee: $18.00/electric site

Open: March 31 - November 6
Joanna (First Come, First Serve)
Sites 1 - 20B May 25 - May 30
June 28 - July 5
August 31 - September 5
Clear View (First Come, First Serve)
Sites 21 - 29 May 25 - May 30
June 28 - July 5
August 31 - September 5
Flint Ridge (Reservable)

Sites 30 - 48

Sites 49 - 60

 May 19 - September 11

 May 5 - November 6

Equestrian Campsites (Reservable)
Sites 1 - 7  March 31 - November 6