Well, on the heels of yesterday's announcement from the Corps of Engineers that visitor centers, museums, beaches and project offices will be closed, but day use areas and boat ramps would remain open, comes news today that boat ramps at the lake are indeed being closed. The Corps has announced that all Corps boat ramps and day use areas at Mark Twain Lake, with the exception of the boat ramp at Indian Creek Marina, will be closed to the public. For now, both Indian Creek Marina and Blackjack Marina are remaining open. A full listing of closed ramps is included below. For now, the ramps operated by Mark Twain State Park, Highway 107 and Route U, remain open to the public.
ALL U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEER FACILITIES AT MARK TWAIN LAKE ARE CLOSED
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake will be closing all Government controlled facilities and access points effective March 18, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and measures directed at keeping the health and safety of visitors and employees a priority. 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. For availability of the Highway 107 and Route U boat ramps operated and maintained by the Mark Twain State Park, please refer to https://mostateparks.com/advisories.
At this time, the Indian Creek Marina remains open for business and has a boat ramp available for use. At this time, the Blackjack Marina is also open for business; however, there is no boat ramp available for launching vessels at Blackjack Marina. Individuals who have vessels in slips at both marinas may access the lake from those locations.
The 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 Warren 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.
This 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 please call the Mark Twain Lake Project Office at 573-735-4097Thank you for using Picture and Video Messaging by U.S. Cellular. See www.uscellular.com for info.