|Mark Twain Lake
Fed by the Salt River and nearby creeks, Mark Twain Lake, located in northeastern Missouri in the Salt River Hills provides 18,600 acres of recreational waters, which also serve to provide power generation and flood protection. Mark Twain Lake, completed by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1984, is the youngest Missouri lake and the largest lake in northeast Missouri. The 285-mile, undisturbed shoreline rich with tree-lined banks and rocky bluffs, offers a perfect habitat for fish.
The Mark Twain State Park offers all the amenities expected of a state park. Hile the park is open year round, some of the services are only available from April through October.
The lake is open to fishing all year round, weather permitting. Although Mark Twain Lake will freeze over during a hard winter, ice fishing is not advisable because of fluctuating water levels and variable ice thickness.
Every year, the Mark Twain Lake Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Buddy Bass Tournament, which is the lake's largest and oldest tournament.
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Mark Twain Lake welcomes all boat and motor types and sizes for all types of water sports' enthusiasts.
Two full-service marinas provide boating and fishing supplies, fuel, storage, snacks and boat rentals.
Two public four-lane boat ramps are available at the park's day use areas. There is also a boat launch ramp at the campground.
Mark Twain Lake lodging options include campgrounds with both primitive and modern campsites and six camper log cabins available for rent year-round. Lots of other lodging facilities are available nearby, as well.
Please consult the Lake Resource Guide for information on lodging and other attractions in the area.
The closest major city to Mark Twain Lake is St. Louis, which is 120 miles away. Other nearby cities and towns: Fulton, Hannibal, Wentzville, Columbia and Bridgeton. Mark Twain Lake flows through parts of Ralls and Monroe counties.
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