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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 30 - November 19
Indian Creek 97 $8.00 $18.00 $24.00 March 30 - November 19
Indian Creek Group Camp 25 N/A $18.00 N/A May 18 - September 10
Frank Russell 41 N/A $18.00 N/A March 30 - November 5
John C. "Jack" Briscoe Group Camp 20 N/A $18.00 N/A May 18 - September 10

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 30 - November 19
Deer Run (First Come, First Serve)
Sites 1A - 25  March 30 - November 19
Sites 40 - 47B  March 30 - November 19
Sites 26 - 39  April 20 - November 19
Little Blue Stem (Reservable)
Sites 50 - 66  April 13 - September 24
Sites 74 - 81  April 20 - September 10
Sites 99 - 104  April 20 - September 10
Sites 48 - 49  April 7 - October 16
Sites 67 - 73  April 6 - October 15
Sites 82 - 98  April 6 - October 15
Sites 105 - 116  April 6 - October 15
Cedar Ridge (Reservable)
Sites 117 - 157 May 4 - September 24

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 30 - November 19
Sentry Ridge (First Come, First Serve)
Sites 1 - 8  March 30 - November 19
Sites 41 - 65  March 30 - November 19
Sites 9 - 40  May 18 - September 10
Night Hawk (First Come, First Serve)
All Sites  April 27 - September 24
Fox (Reservable)
All Sites  April 20 - October 9
Eagle Point (Reservable)
Sites 122 - 125  May 4 - September 10
Sites 148 - 177  May 4 - September 10
Sites 126 - 147  May 18 - September 4
Hike-In (Reservable Dates)
Memorial Day  May 23 - May 29
Fourth of July  June 27 - July 9
Labor Day  August 29 - September 4

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 30 - November 5
Joanna (Reservable)
Sites 1 - 20B May 23 - May 29
June 27 - July 9
August 29 - September 4
Clear View (Reservable)
Sites 21 - 29 May 23 - May 29
June 27 - July 9
August 29 - September 4
Flint Ridge (Reservable)

Sites 30 - 48

Sites 49 - 60

 May 18 - September 10

 May 4 - November 5

Equestrian Campsites (Reservable)
Sites 1 - 7  March 30 - November 5