Mark Twain Lake


The sparkling waters and scenic lands of Mark Twain Lake and Clarence Cannon Dam provide countless opportunities for outdoor recreation! Spend a day or a weekend boating, swimming, fishing, picnicking, camping, hiking or hunting!

Approximately 55,000 acres of public land and water are available for your enjoyment. At normal pool, Mark Twain Lake encompasses 18,600 acres, providing a variety of fishing opportunities for large and smallmouth bass, crappie, walleye, catfish, bluegill and others. Approximately 45,000 acres of land and water are available for hunting. Game species include dove, quail, rabbit, squirrel, deer, wild turkey and waterfowl.  For more information, visit the US Army Corps of Engineers website




The M.W. Boudreaux Visitor Center at Mark Twain Lake.On October 2nd, 2010 the new M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center and Northeast Missouri Vietnam Memorial overlooking the Clarence Cannon Dam and Mark Twain Lake opened for the public. Whether on a school field trip, part of a group using the community room, or visitors looking for information, the center provides a multitude of opportunities.

The building itself is equivalent to a silver designation for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) making it a showcase for the region.  Some of the LEED features include ground source heat, energy efficient lighting, low flow water works, and energy-efficient windows and building materials.

Exhibits inside the visitor center explore the benefits of the Clarence Cannon Dam and Mark Twain Lake, such as flood risk management, hydropower electricity, water supply, recreation, environmental stewardship and navigation.  Hands-on displays help the visitor to understand the natural, cultural, historical and environmental aspects of the area as well as basic water and boating safety tips. Spectacular views of the lake and dam are provided by a large viewing deck that surrounds the north side of the building.  The deck is also a nice compliment to the community room that is available to be reserved for a variety of functions.

The Visitor Center Complex also includes an ADA accessible trail approximately ¼ mile in length.  The Eagle Trail meanders through an oak hickory forest past spectacular views of the lake.  If you walk around the Visitor Center and Memorial along the trail you can exercise in some of the most scenic spots on the lake. The M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center is located on Rt. J, just south of the Clarence Cannon Dam.

For more information about the M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitors Center, please visit their website.


Nestled in the Salt River Hills of north-central Missouri, Mark Twain State Park gives visitors access to sprawling Mark Twain Lake, as well as unparalleled outdoors activities.  Mark Twain State Park is located 7 miles west of Perry at Florida, MO, the birthplace of Mark Twain. The park is also home to birthplace shrine of Mark Twain. The terrain is covered by bluffs overlooking the lake and stands of oak, hickory and maple that are filled with white-tailed deer, turkey and other wildlife. Numerous picnic areas, two four-lane boat ramps and more than six miles of hiking trails with lake views offer something for everyone.


Mark Twain Birthplace Shrine
Mark Twain Shrine Birthplace located at the Mark Twain State Park in Florida, MO.