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part ofMark Twain Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Tue Sep 08 2015   Season Dates


Visitors at John Spalding are in the perfect location for recreation on Mark Twain Lake. The day-use area is the only facility within reach of the sandy public beach. It's also directly connected to the Joanna Trail, a 32-mile multi-purpose trail for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

Tour the birthplace of world-famous humorist and writer, Mark Twain and explore the region that inspired his most beloved stories, such as "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer."

Natural Features:

The Salt River of north-central Missouri feeds Mark Twain Lake, the regions largest body of water, spanning 18,000 acres. A variety of recreation areas surround the lake, including the Mark Twain State Park.


Swim and enjoy the beach all day, or take a boat out for water skiing and fishing. For hikers and bikers, the lengthy Joanna Trail lines the northern banks of the lake.


The day-use area is equipped with a swimming beach, showers, pay phone and picnic shelters. Shelters have electric hookups.

Nearby Attractions:

Visit Mark Twain's birthplace in Florida, Missouri or his boyhood home in Hannibal.

The David C. Berti Shooting Range is below the dam and M.W. Boudreaux Visitor Center is above the dam.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Beach Access
  • Biking
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • No outside firewood; firewood can be purchased in campground; for more information click here
  • No alcohol allowed on beach or in lower picnic area
  • High water boat ramp open when when lake elevation is above 625 msl (mean sea level)
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.55417, -91.65889
39°33'15"N, 91°39'32"W

From Hannibal, MO, travel west on Highway 36 for 17 miles. Turn south on Route J, and travel 6 miles. Turn west on Oakland Drive and travel for 2 miles.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

MONROE CITY  MO  63456-9359

Phone Number:

Information:  (573)735-4097
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