OK, we’re getting ready to head into the Memorial Day weekend here at Mark Twain Lake, and we’ve been getting some questions, so here’s a summary of some of the answers for those of you looking to head our way in the next couple of days.
What is the lake level?
Current lake level is 612.01, about 6 feet above normal pool. The lake has risen 4 feet in the past 5 days due to recent rains. It is currently holding steady. As always, please use caution when boating and be watchful of debris and other boaters.
Are the boat ramps open?
All boat ramps and hunter/fishermen parking lots are open. Launching fees at Corps ramps have been suspended until at least October 1, 2020. There are no fees to launch at the state park boat ramps.
Are the campgrounds open?
Yes, the campgrounds at Mark Twain State Park are currently open and the Corps of Engineers campgrounds (Ray Behrens, Frank Russell and Indian Creek) are set to open Friday, May 22. All campsites from both the state and Corps are only reservable in advance online, you can’t walk up and get a site now. Also, all available campsites are full for the holiday weekend.
Will the beaches be open?
Spalding Beach and the camper beach at Indian Creek Recreation Area are not currently open. The beach at Mark Twain State Park is scheduled to be open.
Are Day Use Areas open?
Both Blackjack Marina and Indian Creek Marina are open. The David C. Berti Shooting Range and the Frank Russell Archery Park will open on Friday, May 22. The M.W. Boudreaux Visitor Center, all playgrounds, picnic shelters, fish cleaning stations, picnic facilities, group campgrounds and primitive camping will remain closed due to social distancing protocols.
Can I visit someone at a campsite?
Visitor passes for the Corps of Engineers campgrounds will not be issued during the holiday weekend to maximize social distancing. Please plan accordingly and remember that no more than 8 people are allowed on each campsite.
Are area businesses open?
Nearly all area businesses are open, some have modified their operations to comply with state social distancing requirements. Restaurants likely will not be able to use all their available seating at the same time.
For more information about Mark Twain Lake, visit our website: www.ExploreMarkTwainLake.com
For maps of Mark Twain Lake, campground maps, and trail and pond maps, go to; www.exploremarktwainlake.com/various-maps/