Government Shutdown Leads to Boat Ramp Closures at Mark Twain Lake

Published Oct. 2, 2013

Mark Twain Lake -The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake has closed boat ramps managed by the agency as of October 1, 2013, due to the government shutdown.  Access to the lake is still available at limited locations, however.  The boat ramps located at Highway 107 and Route U, operated and maintained by the Mark Twain State Park, remain open.   These are 4-lane boat ramps with ample parking spaces for use by the boating public.


Indian Creek Marina, 23111 Monroe Road 589, Monroe City, MO remains open for business and owner Larry Spalding has confirmed that the marina has a boat ramp available for use.  Owner/operator John Gilmore of Blackjack Marina, Route J, Perry, MO also has confirmed that he is open for business; however, there is no ramp available for launching vessels at Blackjack Marina.   Individuals who have vessels in slips at both marinas may, of course, access the lake from those locations.


The boat ramps closed by the Corps of Engineers due to the shutdown include John F. Spalding, Ray Behrens, Duane S. Wheelan, Robert E. Allen, South Fork, Stoutsville, Indian Creek Public Ramp, and those located at Hunter/Fisherman Lots 60, 41, 30, 23, 20, 15, 11, and 26.  The boat ramps at the Warren G. See South Spillway and Hunter/Fisherman Lots 70 are also closed, prohibiting the launch of a vessel into the Re-Regulation Pool.


For further information concerning how the government shutdown has affected facilities at Mark Twain Lake, please email or call the Mark Twain Lake Project Office at 573-735-4097.
Mark Twain Lake

Release no. 13-054