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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.


   First Come, First Serve Sites Available 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 (2019)
Ray Behrens  53 112 N/A $18.00 $24.00 March 29 - November 18
Indian Creek  103 87 $8.00 $18.00 $24.00 March 29 - November 18
Indian Creek Group Camp  0 25 N/A $18.00 N/A May 3 - September 30
Frank Russell  0 72 N/A $18.00 N/A March 29 - November 4
John C. "Jack" Briscoe Group Camp  0 20 N/A $18.00 N/A May 3 - September 30

Campground Information

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: $18.00/electric site
$24.00/full hookup site

2019 Camping Season Dates

Open: March 29 - November 18
Deer Run (First Come, First Serve)

Sites 1A - 47B

 March 29 - November 18
Little Blue Stem (Reservable)
Sites 48 - 116  April 5 - October 14
Cedar Ridge (Reservable)
Sites 117 - 157 May 3 - September 30

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: $18.00/electric site
$24.00/full hookup site

2019 Camping Season Dates

Open: March 29 - November 18
Sentry Ridge (First Come, First Serve)
Sites 1 - 65  March 29 - November 18
Night Hawk (First Come, First Serve)
Sites 66 - 95  April 26 - September 30
Fox (Reservable)
Sites 96 - 121  April 5 - October 7
Eagle Point (Reservable)
Sites 122 - 177  May 3 - September 9
Hike-In (Reservable Dates)
Memorial Day  May 22 - May 28
Fourth of July  June 26 - July 8
Labor Day  August 28 - September 3

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: $18.00/electric site

2019 Camping Season Dates

Open: March 29 - November 4
Joanna (Reservable)
Sites 1 - 20B May 17 - September 30
Clear View (Reservable)
Sites 21 - 29 May 17 - September 30
Flint Ridge (Reservable)

Sites 30 - 60

 May 3 - November 4

Equestrian Campsites (Reservable)
Sites 61 - 67  March 29 - November 4