Danny's Missouri Backpacking & Hiking Trails Reviews

2 February 2004

Mark Twain Lake - Joanna & Lick Creek Multi-Use Trails

Location: These trails are located along the shores of Mark Twain Lake with access off of Hwy J that runs north out of Perry, Missouri in Ralls County.

Distance: The Lick Creek Trail is an 8-mile trail from point to point and also includes a 2.5 mile loop on the north end. There are 5 designated campsites along the trail with one of them being on the 2.5 mile loop. The Joanna Trail is 21.5-miles long from point to point and also has two internal loops (the Pioneer Loop and the Prairie Loop) that can be used to get the mileage near 30-miles. There are 5 primitive campsites on the Prairie Loop of the Joanna Trail.

Water: Water may be available in the Recreation areas at the end points on the trails. You will need to check with the Lake Office for water availability. Any water taken from the lake or ponds along the trail will need to be treated, filtered or boiled.

Parking: There are three overnight parking ares on the Lick Creek Trail, one at each end and one near the mid-point. There are five different places for overnight parking along the Joanna Trail. You need to see the map for the locations.

Comments: These trails primarily following the shoreline of the lake and can become impassable during times of high water. Mark Twain Lake is a flood control project so water is held back during times of heavy precipitation. The best times for using these trails are early spring, before the spring rains start, late summer/fall, and early winter.

Permits: The Mark Twain Lake office requires that all backpackers (campers) on the trails obtain a permit from the Lake Office. The permits are FREE!

Maps: USGS 7-1/2' topo maps: Perry and Clarence Cannon Dam, MO. Free Maps of the trails and lake are available from the the Corps of Engineers (573)-735-4097 or check the website at: http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/marktwain/. The brochure/maps that the Lake office provides are sketch maps and do not have any contour detail. Users on the trails can include, hikers, bikers, equestrian riders, backpackers, birders, and hunters. The individual trail maps can also be viewed on the website.

Cautions/Info: Ticks in the summertime and flooded portions of trail in times of high water.

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