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Mark Twain Lake Rodeo ends after 31 years, scholarship established with leftover money


Date: 2/17/2018 2:25:00 PM

MONROE CITY, Mo. -- Barbara and Dennis Nobis had discussed for years shutting down the Mark Twain Lake Rodeo, but Barbara was always hesitant to do so. "I told Denny that I'd know when I was ready," she said. During the close of the 2017 rodeo, with tears

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MDC is Taking Applications for 2018 Girls Camp Ages 11-15

Nemo News

Date: 2/6/2018 2:09:00 PM

The Missouri Department of Conservation will be offering its eleventh annual Discover Nature Girls Camp in Monroe County at Mark Twain Lake State Park. This free three-day, two-night girls camp is aimed at introducing young ladies ages 11–15 to a wide

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Chicken wing lovers get their fill

Quincy Herald-Whig

Date: 2/3/2018 9:58:00 PM

The event has really grown." Melissa O'Cheltree-Ek, owner of the Rustic Oak Grill & Pub with locations in Hannibal and at Mark Twain Lake, Mo., said WingFest gave her an opportunity to showcase the restaurant to Quincy residents with garlic Parmesan and

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Registration opens for the 8th annual Fishing for Freedom

13 Your News Leader

Date: 2/1/2018 10:12:00 AM

The event is a three-day catch and release fishing tournament on the Mississippi River and Mark Twain Lake. Last year, Quincy's Convention and Visitors Bureau helped 200 veterans and active military members take a break and enjoy some time outdoors

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The Weather Channel

Date: 1/4/2018 6:00:00 PM

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• Surface Area: 18,600 Acres
Mark Twain Lake is located in Ralls County, Missouri and Monroe County, Missouri. It was created by the Clarence Cannon Dam impounding the Salt River and is located about twenty miles southwest of Hannibal. It was named for Missouri author Mark Twain (pen name of Samuel Clemens) and part of the area around it is Mark Twain State Park. The village of Florida is located next to the lake and was the site of Twain's birth.

Clarence Cannon was one of the prime influences in the realization of the Cannon Dam Project during his 42 years serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was actively engaged in farming in Lincoln County throughout his life and the author of several publications on parliamentary law. Following his death in 1964, the Joanna Dam was officially renamed to honor the man who was a longtime supporter of the project.

The lake is named for author Mark Twain, who, although he lived and wrote about many other places, often delighted audiences and readers with colorful stories of his native Missouri.

Clarence Cannon Dam and Mark Twain Lake provide opportunities for outdoor recreation - boating, swimming, fishing, picnicking, hiking and hunting. There are recreation areas equipped with facilities such as campgrounds, beaches, and picnic shelters, as well as areas that are being managed for wildlife habitat. All visitors can enjoy the 54,000 acres of land and water at Clarence Cannon Dam and Mark Twain Lake.

Camping is available in three U.S. Army Corps of Engineers developed recreation areas, at the Mark Twain State Park and in several private recreation areas around the lake. Camping fees and facilities differ in the areas, however most have electric hookups, showers, restrooms, sanitary stations, fire grills, picnic tables and playground equipment. Group camping areas and a number of individual campsites are also available on a reservation basis. Campfire programs are held throughout the summer at outdoor amphitheaters in the campgrounds and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about the natural and cultural history of the area. School, scout and other interested groups may schedule programs upon request. The Corps also assists groups who sponsor bass tournaments, jamborees and other special events at the lake.

With over 18,000 acres of water, Mark Twain Lake is a suitable location for any type of water recreation. Boaters can use numerous boat ramps located conveniently around the lake as well as two full service marinas. Developed beaches on the lake provide swimming conditions. Anglers will find catfish, bass, crappie, walleye, bluegill and sunfish. Timber has been left in the upper ends of the lake and in selected coves to improve fish habitat.

Mark Twain Lake also provides recreational opportunities for picnickers, hikers, and hunters. Hikers and backpackers are can use the many miles of trails throughout the lake area. Wildlife blinds, food plots and small ponds enhance a hiker's chance of spotting a deer, bluebird or other wildlife inhabitants of Missouri. For hunters, there are thousands of prime hunting grounds easily accessible from hunter/fisherman parking lots located throughout the area.

Near the lake, north of the village of Florida, is a group of prehistoric burial mounds; this site, known as the Crigler Mound Group, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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