Category: Mark Twain Lake
  • Army Corps of Engineers reminds visitors to practice water safety

    As millions of Americans plan visits to our nation’s lakes and rivers, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reminds visitors of the importance of practicing safe, sensible, and thoughtful activities in, on, and around open water. Tragically, people lose their lives while visiting USACE-managed lands and waters every year. Most of the tragedies are water related. The public’s help is needed to reduce the number of fatalities at the more than 2,800 USACE-managed recreation areas nationwide. USACE personnel stress the importance of water safety year-round when talking with visitors, but especially during the summer season because that is when most public recreation fatalities occur.
  • Public Meeting – Salt River Re-Regulation Dam/Lake Sturgeon Releases

    April 14, 2023, Mark Twain Lake – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake invites everyone to the M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center on April 20, 2023, at 6:00 pm for a public meeting to discuss lake sturgeon relative to the Salt River/re-regulation dam.
  • New Guardrail Systems on Mark Twain Lake Boat Ramps

    September 27, 2022, Mark Twain Lake – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake is announcing the temporary closure of four boat ramps to improve visitor safety. The South Fork, Indian Creek West, Stoutsville, and John F. Spalding Boat Ramps will be receiving new guardrail systems. The closures are necessary to facilitate removal of the old guardrail and installation of the new guardrail. The temporary closures are as follows:
  • Corps Extends Camping Season for Some Sites at Mark Twain Lake

    September 25, 2022, Mark Twain Lake – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) at Mark Twain Lake has announced an extension of the camping season for some sites due to increased public demand. To accommodate the increased need for campsites, the Ray Behrens Campground sites 48-116 in Little Bluestem and sites 117-157 in Cedar Ridge will all be available for reservation through October 24, 2022.
  • Tickets Required for Indian Creek Halloween Walk 2022

    September 19, 2022, Mark Twain Lake – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake is announcing that the Indian Creek Halloween Walk admittance will be by advance tickets only. Tickets are $5.00 per vehicle. The Indian Creek Halloween Walk for 2022, is scheduled for Friday, October 21, 2022 (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and Saturday, October 22, 2022 (4 p.m. to 9 p.m.).
  • Two St. Louis District lakes awarded fish habitat improvement grants

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District’s Lake Shelbyville and Mark Twain Lake were recently awarded the National Fish Habitat Partnership Bass Pro Shops U.S. Open Grant to improve fish habitats at the respective project sites. The projects funded through this opportunity are high-priority focus areas of the Reservoir Fish Habitat Partnership. The grants received in the St. Louis District include more than $167,000 to improve aquatic habitat within reservoirs at Mark Twain Lake and Lake Shelbyville."
  • Reservations for the Annual Halloween Walk

    News Release 22-19, Mark Twain Lake May 10, 2022 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake is excited to announce the annual Halloween Walk will be held Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22, 2022, in the Indian Creek Campground. Camping reservations for camping participants, campsites 66-177, will open on June 1, 2022, at 9:00 A.M. CST. You must decorate your site to camp in the event area. Please remember this is a family-friendly event, so plan your decorating ideas accordingly. Gates to campsites 96-177 will be closed to pedestrian traffic during the event. All other areas will be open for vehicular traffic. If you have any questions, please call us prior to reserving a campsite.
  • Temporary Closure of Robert Allen

    Mark Twain Lake, March 18, 2022 – The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers announces that the Robert Allen Recreation Area will be closed to public use beginning March 21, 2022 through April 4, 2022. The area will be closed for approximately two weeks to accommodate public safety.  The area will be undergoing roadway repairs related to erosion sustained from fluctuating lake levels.
  • Frank Russell Campgrounds Upgrades for the 2022 Camping Season

    Mark Twain Lake, March 18, 2022 – The Frank Russell Campground will be undergoing 56 full-service campsite upgrades. Campsites 1-60 within the Frank Russell Recreation Area will be closed for the 2022 camping season and will undergo water and sewer upgrades. The Equestrian campsites 61-67, Frank Russell Pond, Joanna Trail access, and Frank Russell Archery Park will remain open. Access into the Joanna, Clear View, and Flint Ridge loops will not be permitted as this will be an active construction site.
  • Mark Twain Lake Campgrounds Open Soon

    Mark Twain Lake – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake has announced the opening date for campgrounds is April 1, 2022.  All sites are reservable and you will need a reservation prior to setting up on a site.  You can make reservations at  or by calling 877-444-6777. Additional campground loop opening/closing dates are listed below.