Category: Mark Twain Lake
  • South Fork Recreation Area Open for Public Use

    Mark Twain Lake, April 30, 2021 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake encourages visitors using the South Fork Recreation Area to use caution when traveling in the area, as heavy equipment operation and material hauling will be occurring along the primary access road within the area. Visitors should expect minor periodic delays due to required traffic controls for public safety purposes. 
  • Mark Twain Lake Fee's Suspended

    Mark Twain Lake, April 23, 2021 –  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake is suspending the collection of fees at all boat launching ramps, the John Spalding swimming beach, and the David C. Berti shooting range until further notice. Annual boat ramp passes also will not be issued at this time.
  • North Spillway, South Spillway, and Overlook will be closed on 23 - 24 March 2021

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announces the closure of the North Spillway, South Spillway, and Overlook from 3:00 p.m., March 23, 2021 through 7:00 A.M., March 25, 2021. This closure includes the shooting range, disk golf course, boat ramp, shelter houses, and bathrooms. Mark Twain Lake will be hosting the Air Force National Guard as they complete a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic to provide vaccinations to approximately 2,000 participants. This is not an open event, all participants receiving the vaccination have a standing appointment with a scheduled time slot.
  • Expect Higher Lake Elevation for Mark Twain Lake

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expecting higher lake elevations throughout the month of March. Currently, the Mark Twain Lake water elevation is at 609.79, and is expected to crest at 612.40 on March 29, 2021.  This projection does include the forecasted precipitation and the generation schedule. We ask that you stay aware while on the lake, avoid areas you may see with large amounts of debris, and wear a life jacket while on the water.
  • Temporary Closure Of The South Fork Recreation Area

    The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers announces that the South Fork Recreation Area will be closed to public use beginning March 22, 2021. The area will be closed for approximately two weeks to accommodate public safety.  The boat ramp will be utilized as a staging area to mobilize and assemble transport and work barge units, and to stage heavy equipment in preparation of erosion work and protection that will be occurring in proximity to the South Fork Recreation Area. When mobilization is completed, and the boat ramp is no longer needed to stage equipment, the area will re-open for public use.
  • Mark Twain Lake Campgrounds Open Soon

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake has announced campgrounds will begin opening on April 2. 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 877-444-677. The phased opening schedule for the 2021 camping season can be found below.
  • Summer Student Employment Available at Mark Twain Lake

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake is seeking applicants for Student Trainee Intern positions for the 2021 recreation season. Specific information regarding these positions is currently posted at The positions are available through these direct links, and .
  • Volunteer Recruitment at Mark Twain Lake

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake is recruiting volunteers for Gate Attendant and recreation maintenance positions.  Full-time (minimum of 20 hours per week) volunteers can receive a full-service campsite for their services.  Fill out an application at to get started.  You may also contact the Mark Twain Lake Project Office at  573-735-4097 or email for more detail.
  • Binoculars, Birds, and Winter: An Unlikely Passion By Bella Erakko

    Every December for the past 121 years, thousands of people across North and South America stand outside all day, eyes glued to the sky. They are not standing vigil for Santa; they’re counting birds. Flying birds, perching birds, wading and swimming birds. Nearing Christmas, on a designated day, groups gather with binoculars and bird books in hand—all volunteering for the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC). This year, Hannibal joined in, in large part because George Wisdom, a member of Mississippi Hills Master Naturalists, thought it a spectacularly good idea.
  • Firewood Cutting Period Extended at Mark Twain Lake

    Mark Twain Lake, January 22, 2021 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that the period