Corps of Engineers cuts most access to Mark Twain Lake

The M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center and day use area are among Mark Twain Lake facilities, campgrounds and lake access temporarily shuttered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Salt River Journal;
Posted: Mar. 21, 2020 12:34 pm Updated: Mar. 21, 2020 12:39 pm

Access to the federal areas of Mark Twain Lake is severely limited because of the coronavirus fight.

The United States Army Corps of Engineers announced last week that Corps facilities at the lake are closed indefinitely, covering all federally controlled facilities and access points.

“This includes boat ramps, day use areas, and camping managed by the agency. Access to the lake is still available at limited locations at this time,” the Corps said in an announcement.

As of Thursday, there was still lake access in the areas controlled by Mark Twain State Park.

“Missouri state park visitor centers, campgrounds and lodging will remain open as we closely monitor COVID-19 and its presence in the state,” said the Missouri State Parks office on its advisory website.

Missouri State Parks said that Mark Twain Park and site special events, including both on- and off-site programming, sponsored by Missouri State Parks are postponed or canceled through April 30, which includes planned group tours or school groups, and tours of the Missouri State Capitol, are temporarily suspended through April 30.  

“The team is closely monitoring the progression of COVID-19 and its effects in Missouri. While safety, stewardship and service are all very important to Missouri State Parks, safety is the top priority,” said the Parks on the website.

 Meanwhile, access on the federal side of the lake is limited to Indian Creek Marina and Blackjack Marina which remain open for business. Indian Creek has a boat ramp available for use, while Blackjack Marina has no boat ramp available for launching vessels at Blackjack Marina.

Individuals who have vessels in slips at both marinas may access the lake.

Boat ramps closed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers due to the COVID-19 outbreak response include: John F. Spalding, Ray Behrens, Duane S. Wheelan, Robert E. Allen, South Fork, Stoutsville, Indian Creek Public Ramp, Bluffview and those located at Hunter/Fisherman Access Areas 11, 15, 20, 23, 26, 30, 41, 60. The boat ramps at the William G. See South Spillway and Hunter/Fisherman Access Area 70 are also closed, prohibiting the launch of a vessel into the Re-Regulation Pool.

The day-use areas closed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers due to the COVID-19 outbreak response include: the M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center and day use area, John F. Spalding, Bluffview, the David C. Berti Shooting Range, pavilions in all day use areas, the North and South Spillway access areas, the Frank Russell Archery Park and pavilion and the Lick Creek and Joanna Trails.

Campgrounds closed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers due to the COVID-19 outbreak response include: Ray Behrens, Indian Creek Campground, Indian Creek Group Campground, Frank Russell, Briscoe Group Camp and all primitive sites. Corps officials said the situation is subject to change according to federal, state and local advisories and requirements.

 For further information concerning how the closure of government facilities has affected facilities at Mark Twain Lake, call the Mark Twain Lake Project Office at 573-735-4097.

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