Mark Twain Lake Links



Mark Twain Lake offers two trail systems: Lick Creek and Joanna Trail. Users include hikers, bikers, equestrian riders, backpack campers, birders and hunters.

  • Lick Creek Trail - An 8-mile multipurpose trail located off Route J across from the Ray Behrens entrance extending to the Duane Wheelan Recreation Area.
  • Joanna Trail - A multipurpose trail containing three loops: Prairie Loop (4 miles), Log Cabin Loop (11 miles), and Pioneer Loop (5 miles), all of which comprise a 32-mile scenic trail with trailheads at the John F. Spalding Boat Ramp entrance and Hunter/Fisherman 11 and 16. Please check appropriate trail map for more details. Primitive camping along these trails is available by permit only.

To book one of the primitive campsites on either trail, contact the Mark Twain Lake Project Office at (573) 565-2112. These sites are free of charge and offer a fire ring and a cleared area for a tent. Be aware of any open hunting seasons as the area around these trails is popular hunting ground.

Trail Ethics

  • Courtesy and cooperation with other trail users is imperative
  • If you pack it in, pack it out
  • Take only pictures, leave only footprints
  • Stay on trail
  • Be aware of fire hazards
  • Wear fluorescent orange during hunting season


  • Groups of 25 or more must obtain a special use permit from the Project Office
  • All animal waste must be removed from the parking area and corral
  • Corral at Frank Russell Campground is for registered campers only


Lick Creek Trail 
Joanna Trail