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Camping

Mark Twain Lake offers a variety of camping opportunities ranging from primitive, hike-in sites to developed sites with water, sewer, and electrical hook-ups. Primitive campsites can be found along both Lick Creek and Joanna Trails, several of the hunter/fisherman access areas, and at the Indian Creek Hike-In campground. For those looking for a few more amenities, click on one of the developed campgrounds below to find out what each of them has to offer.

The Golden Passport Program expired December 31, 2006. Golden Passports are still honored at Corps recreation sites, but can no longer be issued by the Corps. The Interagency America the Beautiful Senior Pass for age-related discounts and the Interagency Access Pass for disability-related discounts have replaced the Golden Age/Golden Access Passport passes. The America the Beautiful Passes are available at Ray Behrens Recreation Area, Indian Creek Recreation Area, Frank Russell Recreation Area, and the M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center.

 

  Reservable Sites Available Family Standard Single without Electric Family Standard Single with Electric Family Standard Single with Electric, Water, and Sewer (Full Hook Up) Opening and Closing Dates (2021)
Ray Behrens 165 N/A $20.00 $26.00 2 April - 22 November
Indian Creek 190 $8.00 $20.00 $26.00 2 April - 22 November
Indian Creek Group Camp 25 N/A $20.00 N/A 30 April - 27 September
Frank Russell 72 N/A $20.00 N/A 2 April - 1 November
John C. "Jack" Briscoe Group Camp 20 N/A $20.00 N/A 30 April - 27 September

 

Campground Information

Campground Maps

Ray Behrens Campground offers a variety of amenities. Each campsite is equipped with a fire ring and a paved parking pad. Many of the campsites in this area are more open than at Frank Russell or Indian Creek offering the ideal place to set up large campers or play games that require more open space. There are also several playgrounds and a boat ramp available for use within the recreation area. Shower and restroom facilities are available in each of the loops.

Camping Fee: $20.00/electric site
$26.00/full hookup site

2021 Camping Season Dates

Open: Visit Recreation.gov for more information
Deer Run (Reservable)
Sites 1A - 47B  2 April 2021 - 22 November 2021
Little Blue Stem (Reservable)
Sites 48 - 116  9 April 2021 - 11 October 2021
Cedar Ridge (Reservable)
Sites 117 - 157 7 May 2021 - 27 September 2021

Campground Maps

With its scenic entryway and thoroughly wooded camping areas, Indian Creek offers the most primitive feel of any of the campgrounds at Mark Twain Lake all while offering full hook up sites with 50 amp service available on some. Each campsite is equipped with a fire ring and a paved parking pad. There are also several playgrounds and two boat ramps available for use within the recreation area. Shower and restroom facilities are available in each of the loops. Additionally, Indian Creek has its own beach within the recreation area.

Camping Fee: $20.00/electric site
$26.00/full hookup site

2021 Camping Season Dates

Open: Visit Recreation.gov for more information
Sentry Ridge (Reservable)
Sites 1 - 65  2 April 2021 - 22 November 2021
Night Hawk (Reservable)
Sites 66 - 95  30 April 2021 - 27 September 2021
Fox (Reservable)
Sites 96 - 121  9 April 2021 - 4 October 2021
Eagle Point (Reservable)
Sites 122 - 177  7 May 2021 - 6 September 2021
Hike-In (Reservable Dates)
Memorial Day  26 May - 1 June
Independence Day  30 June - 5 July
Labor Day  1 September - 7 September

 

Frank Russell Campground Map

For those interested in staying near the dam, doing some horseback riding, or hiking the Joanna trail, Frank Russell is the place to stay. This campground features a nearby horse corral as well as easy access to the longest trail at Mark Twain Lake. The Frank Russell Recreation Area also features a beautiful environmental demonstration area complete with an ADA accessible fishing pond, various habitat types, and plenty of wildlife throughout the year.

Each campsite is equipped with a fire ring and a paved parking pad. There are also several playgrounds and an amphitheater area available for use within the recreation area. The shower facility at Frank Russell is one of the largest on the project and is conveniently located near the center of the campground. There are also several other restroom facilities within each loop.

Camping Fee: $20.00/electric site

2020 Camping Season Dates

Open: Visit Recreation.gov for more information
Joanna (Reservable)
Sites 1 - 20B 14 May 2021 - 27 September 2021
Clear View (Reservable)
Sites 21 - 29 14 May 2021 - 27 September 2021
Flint Ridge (Reservable)
Sites 30 - 60 23 April 2021 - 1 November 2021
Equestrian Campsites (Reservable)
Sites 61 - 67 2 April 2021 - 1 November 2021