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John Spalding Recreation Area

20642 Highway J
573-735-4097

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.

Recreation:

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.

Facilities:

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.