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Description - This information Provided by www.mostateparks.com

Mark Twain State Park takes its name from the famous Missouri author-humorist whose real name was Samuel L. Clemens. Established in the 1920s through the efforts of the Mark Twain Memorial Park Association, it was transferred to the state in 1924 and is the third oldest state park in Missouri.

The 2,775-acre park is located in the Salt River Hills, an area created when the Salt River system carved through the glaciated plains in northeast Missouri. Here, the terrain is reminiscent of southern parts of the state with limestone bluffs overlooking woodlands of oak, hickory and maple. The park serves as a refuge for white-tailed deer, turkey, raccoons, squirrels and a multitude of other wildlife. Bordering the park is the 18,000-acre Mark Twain Lake, offering excellent boating, fishing and swimming opportunities.

The park features a heavily wooded campground with basic and electric campsites. Numerous picnic areas, two four-lane boat ramps and more than six miles of hiking trails with scenic views of the lake offer something for everyone. Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site, located adjacent to the park, contains the author's cabin and detailed accounts of Samuel Clemens' life and times.

Attractions - Mark Twain State Park Campground Information Mark Twain State Park offers basic and electric campsites, a special-use camping area and a group camp. Services available include reservable sites, a dump station, showers, water and laundry.

For reservations, there is a required two-night minimum stay for weekends and major holidays from May 15 through Sept. 15.

Picnic/Playground

Picnic Areas There are two picnic areas located at Mark Twain State Park:

Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area has about 30 individual picnic sites. The Highway 107 Picnic Area has six picnic sites and is located near the boat ramp off of Highway 107. All picnic sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Picnic Shelters There are two shelter houses located at Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area. The open shelter built by the Civilian Conservation Corps holds between 40 and 45 people. It is available by reservation (rental fee is $30), or if not reserved, is available at no charge to users on a first-come, first-served basis. The building has picnic tables, electrical outlets, a water hydrant and an outdoor cooking grill.

An enclosed shelter known as Huck Hall is available by reservation only. The building holds up to 100 people and rents for $50. The building has folding tables and chairs, two flush-type restrooms, a small kitchen with a refrigerator and stove and two outdoor cooking grills. Groups larger than 100 need special permission from the facility manager to use Huck Hall.

Playground The park currently has a modern playground located in Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area. This playground was completed in the summer of 2002.

Recreation - Fishing

Mark Twain Lake is an 18,000-acre man-made lake that offers excellent fishing for crappie, catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill, carp, walleye and perch. The lake has many quiet coves where anglers can spend peaceful days fishing and relaxing. Fishermen can take advantage of opportunities on Mark Twain Lake 24 hours a day, year-round (when lake conditions permit). Ice fishing on Mark Twain Lake is not advised due to fluctuating water levels under the ice, as well as variable ice thickness. Anglers are advised to be aware of length and possession limits for all fish.

If you don't have a boat, or you have small children that would like to fish from shore, four-acre Tom Sawyer Lake, near the junction of Highway 107 and Route U, offers opportunities to catch blue gill, largemouth bass and catfish. Fishing at Tom Sawyer Lake is available from sunrise to sunset year-round. Ice fishing is not permitted on Tom Sawyer Lake. Please observe length and possession limits posted at the lake.

Hiking trails Mark Twain State Park offers four hiking trails:

Whitetail Trail -- .5 mile Whitetail Trail is a short, easy-to-hike trail that begins and ends at Buzzard's Roost Overlook area.

Dogwood Trail -- 2.5 miles Dogwood Trail is a moderately difficult trail through mature oak-hickory forest on the steep lake hillside and secondary forest of the park interior. This 2.5-mile trail begins and ends at the Buzzard's Roost Overlook area.

Post Oak Trail -- 2 miles Post Oak Trail begins and ends at a trail head on the main campground road near the showerhouse. It is a moderately difficult trail that traverses the steep hillsides above Mark Twain Lake.

White Oak Trail -- 1 mile White Oak Trail is a moderately difficult trail that traverses the steep hillsides above Mark Twain Lake. It may only be accessed from Post Oak Trail.

Climate - Missouri experiences four distinct seasons with an average yearly temperature of 54 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach 90 degrees F often and are plagued with high humidity levels. Nighttime lows during the summer dip slightly near 70 degrees. September brings cooler fall weather with less humidity. By October nights begin to cool significantly and the fall foliage changes to brilliant hues of orange, red and yellow. Winter months bring an average of 24 inches of snow and normal temperatures average between 20 and 45 degrees F. Spring is characterized by wet weather with temperatures reaching between 32 and 60 degrees F.

Location - 20057 State Park Office Road Stoutsville, MO 65283


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Contact Information:
Mark Twain State Park, 20057 State Park Office Road , Stoutsville, Missouri, 65283, Phone: (573) 565-3440
, moparks@dnr.mo.gov

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