John Spalding Rec Ar

Monroe City, Missouri


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."


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 and picnic shelters. Shelters have electric hookups.

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.

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.


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