Mark Twain Lake Trail Update

Published Aug. 27, 2021

Mark Twain Lake, August 27, 2021 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake announces two multi-use trails have reopened after the extended high water and storm damage, however, visitors may still encounter downed limbs and experience short detours. The Lick Creek and Joanna Trail provide hikers, mountain bikers, equestrian riders, backpack campers, birders and hunters many miles of natural enjoyment.   Both trails meander through several habitat types including upland hardwood, open fields, bottomlands and limestone bluffs.

Lick Creek Trail is 8 miles point to point with a shorter two-mile loop at the northern end.  Trailheads are located across from the Ray Behrens Recreation Area, Hunter-Fisherman Access #62 and Duane Wheelan Recreation Area along Highway J. 

The Joanna Trail consists of three loops: Prairie Loop (4 miles), Log Cabin Loop (11 miles), and Pioneer Loop (5 miles), all of which comprise a 32-mile scenic trail with trailheads at the John F. Spalding Boat Ramp entrance and Hunter/Fisherman Access 11 and 16. 

Primitive camping at designated sites along these trails is available by permit only.  Visitors should be cautious during hunting season and wear fluorescent orange and make sure someone knows where you are going and when you will return.

You can obtain maps on-line at  Get a primitive camping permit by calling the Visitor Center at 573-565-2112.

We look forward to seeing you at the lake.  Be safe, have fun and wear a life jacket – it will not work if you do not wear it.

For more information, call the M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center at 573-565-2112, follow us on Facebook at Mark Twain Lake - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, or email us at

Mark Twain Lake Project Office
20642 HWY J

Release no. 21-088