|Mark Twain Lake
Mark Twain Lake is Missouri's largest body of water north of the Missouri River. The Joanna Dam (late renamed Clarence Cannon Dam) project was first proposed in 1937 as an answer to many years of flooding by the Salt River. Dedicated in 1984 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the 55,000-acre land and 18,600-acre water project sits amid midwest farmland, with rolling hills and rock bluffs for the shoreline.
The lake is named after Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain. Mark Twain was born in Florida, Mo., which is on the shores of the lake. Mark Twains boyhood home is 28 miles to the east, in Hannibal, Mo..
The lake offers several marinas & boat ramps along with numerous parks, swimming beaches and camp grounds. A
major water park and resort, country music shows, shopping, lodging and more are waiting at The Landing, Paris, Monroe City, Center and Perry.