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  • Frank Russell Campground Adjusts Reservation Period for Flint Ridge Loop

    Mark Twain Lake, August 6, 2021 – The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers announces that Frank Russell campsites 30 through 48 (in Flint Ridge Loop) will be available for reservations until September 8, 2021. The remaining Flint Ridge sites 49 through 60 will be open until November 1, 2021. Joanna and Clear View Loops close on September 27, 2021. Make your reservations at www.recreation.gov or telephone 877-444-6777.
  • Mark Twain Lake High Water Update

    Mark Twain Lake, August 5, 2021 – UPDATE - The Mark Twain Lake level on Thursday, August 5, 2021 is 619.2 NGVD. Normal lake elevation is 606.0 NGVD. All four lane boat ramps are open with courtesy docks in at Robert Allen, South Fork, Stoutsville and Spalding. Ray Behrens boat ramp is open, however it does not have a courtesy dock in place. You will likely find floating and submerged debris on the lake so please be cautious and always wear a life jacket.
  • News Release 21-38 Short-term Closure Announced for South Fork Recreation Area

    Mark Twain Lake, July 26, 2021 – The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers announces that the South Fork Recreation Area will be closed to public use beginning on August 9 and extending to August 20. The purpose of the closure is to accommodate pavement repair in the recreation area. When the work is completed, the area will be opened for public use. Multiple ramps around the lake are open for your use.
  • Ray Behrens/Frank Russell Campgrounds Will Re-Open July 26, 2021

    Mark Twain Lake, July 23, 2021 – Storm debris removal has been completed in the Ray Behrens and Frank Russell Campgrounds. The Campgrounds will re-open on July 26, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. Reservations will be available for the Ray Behrens, Frank Russell, and Indian Creek Campground starting on July 26. The Ray Behrens and Frank Russell Campgrounds accumulated large wood debris piles inside of the recreation areas. The wood debris piles continue to smolder but the majority of each pile has been burned. Mark Twain Lake Staff will allow the areas to burn off over the weekend and extinguish the fires on Monday, July 26. We ask that everyone avoid the debris piles. Other areas re-opening on Monday, July 26:
  • All Mark Twain Lake Corps Campgrounds at Mark Twain Lake Placed on Hold

    Mark Twain Lake, July 13, 2021 – The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers announces the Frank Russell, Ray Behrens and Indian Creek Campgrounds will be unavailable for any future reservations July 19, 2021 through September 13, 2021. Currently, the Ray Behrens and Frank Russell Campgrounds are closed from July 11, 2021, through July 18, 2021 for damage repairs caused by the July 9 storms. The Indian Creek Campground was also impacted but crews were able to make repairs to keep the area open. Available Indian Creek camping spots are currently being used to accommodate the displaced campers from the Ray Behrens and Frank Russell areas.
  • Hazardous Tree Cleanup in Ray Behrens/Frank Russell Campgrounds

    Mark Twain Lake, July 12, 2021 – Due to the storms that took place over the weekend of July 9, 2021, the Ray Behrens and Frank Russell Campgrounds will be burning large amounts of wood debris throughout the week of July 12, 2021. This may possibly extend into the next few weeks. The Frank Russell Campground, Ray Behrens Campground, Warren G. See South Spillway, M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center, Spalding Day Use, Bluffview Recreation Area, and H/F 70 have been closed off to all vehicle traffic. Pedestrian foot traffic will not be allowed inside any of these closed recreation areas.
  • UPDATED - Mark Twain Lake High Water Update

    Mark Twain Lake, July 12, 2021 – UPDATE - The Salt River basin that forms Mark Twain Lake is expected to crest on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 630.8 NGVD. Normal lake elevation is 606.0 NGVD. You will likely find floating and submerged debris on the lake so please be cautious and always wear a life jacket. All high water boat ramps are being utilized with a courtesy dock in place.
  • Ray Behrens-Frank Russell Closure

    Mark Twain Lake, July 7, 2021 – Due to the storms that took place over the weekend of July 9, 2021, the Ray Behrens and Frank Russell Campgrounds are closed beginning Sunday July 11, 2021 – Sunday July 18, 2021, as a minimum timeframe. Additional delays openings are expected past this date. A large amount of storm debris is in the campgrounds, as well as a lack of power and sewer in the area is currently being evaluated.
  • South Fork Closure

    Mark Twain Lake, July 11, 2021 – The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers announces that the South Fork Recreation Area will be closed to public use beginning July 13, 2021. The area will be closed for approximately four days to accommodate public safety. The boat ramp will be utilized as a staging area to demobilize work barge units used for the erosion protection project, that occurred in proximity to the South Fork Recreation Area. When demobilization is completed and the boat ramp is no longer needed to stage equipment, the area will re-open for public use.
  • Mark Twain Lake High Water Update

    Mark Twain Lake, July 7, 2021 – UPDATE - The Salt River basin that forms Mark Twain Lake crested on Saturday, July 3, 2021. As a result of heavy rains Mark Twain Lake rose to 626.2 NGVD. Water levels have been receding since Saturday where both generation and tainter gate releases began. Normal lake elevation is 606.0 NGVD. You will likely find floating and submerged debris on the lake as the water continues to recede, so please be cautious and always wear a life jacket. All courtesy docks have now been removed due to lake levels but are planned to go back into service on July 8, 2021. Hunter Fisherman Lot 33 is now open for public use. The area was closed on Thursday, July 1, 2021 because water and debris were blocking access. All restrooms and fish cleaning stations in the John Spalding Day Use and Boat Ramp recreation areas have been opened. All high water ramps have been closed, and normal ramps have been put back into service. The restroom and fish cleaning station has also been reopened in the Indian Creek West Boat Ramp recreation area.