The status of Mark Twain National Forest recreation sites will be updated daily.

Mark Twain National Forest has implemented changes at its recreation sites and offices due to the risks associated with the novel coronavirus outbreak. 

Mark Twain National Forest offices will now assist customers virtually. Multiple recreation sites have been temporarily shut down and services have been reduced at many more sites for the health and safety of visitors. 

The changes are in place to strongly promote social distancing on the forest, Mark Twain National Forest Public Affairs Officer Cody Norris says.

“Although these changes may seem out of the ordinary, they are in line with current national guidance and with what other agencies across Missouri are doing to help reduce opportunities for the spread of COVID-19,” Norris said in a release on Wednesday.

Mark Twain National Forest will continue to update the public as the agency works through the unpredictable and rapidly changing situation. 

“We are committed to continuing to support our communities and fulfill our mission as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19,” Norris said. 

All Mark Twain National Forest offices have implemented virtual services and shut their doors to protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak in accordance with guidance from federal and state authorities.  

Restrooms have been locked at most of the recreation sites. Other services, like access to pavilions and places where many people traditionally gather may be temporarily suspended as well.

Some of Mark Twain National Forest’s sites were already shut down for the off-season.  Some of these will remain shut down until further notice, such as Wild Boar Campground and Chapel Hill Beach at Council Bluff Recreation Area, Loggers Lake Campground, Marble Creek Campground and Day Use Area and Red Bluff Recreation Area.

Even at open sites, Mark Twain National Forest staff ask the public to use social distancing per Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.

All trails and associated trailheads will remain open for the enjoyment of users. All trailheads will be signed with information regarding COVID-19.

Visitors are encouraged to contact their local forest or ranger district www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mtnf/about-forest/offices for the latest office hours and availability. For the most up-to-date Forest Recreation information, visit:  https://go.usa.gov/xdhPq.

Status of Mark Twain National Forest Recreation Sites

Wednesday, March 25

Houston/Rolla/Cedar Creek Ranger District (417) 967-4194

Paddy Creek Campground (Texas County)

Paddy Creek Campground - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Day Use Area - Open All Restrooms - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice

Lane Spring Campground (Phelps County)

Campground - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Day Use Area - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice All Restrooms - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice

Pine Ridge Campground (Callaway County)

Campground - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Day Use Area - Open All Restrooms - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice

Dry Fork Campground (Callaway County)

Campground - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice All Restrooms - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice

Carrington Pits Recreation Area (Callaway County)

Day Use Area - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice All Restrooms - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice

Trails/Trailheads/Horse Camps/River Access

Big Piney Camp - Open, but Restroom Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Slabtown River Access - Open, but Restroom Temporarily Closed until Further Notice All Motorized and Non-Motorized Trails - Open

 

Ava/Caseville/Willow Springs Ranger District (417) 683-4428

Cobb Ridge Campground (Christian County)

Campground - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Day Use Area - Open KC Pavilion - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice All Restrooms - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice

Caney Recreation Area (Ozark County)

Day use Area - Open All Restrooms - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice

North Fork Recreation Area (Ozark County)

Campground - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Day use Area - Open All Restrooms - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice

Noblett Lake Recreation Area (Douglas County)

Entire Recreation Area - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice

Shell Knob Recreation Area (Barry County)

Day Use Area - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Restroom - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Pavilion - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice

Big Bay Recreation Area (Stone County)

Day Use Area - Open Restrooms - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice

Trails/Trailheads/Horse Camps

Camp Ridge - Open, but Restroom Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Bar K Wrangler Camp - Open, but Restroom Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Hercules Tower - Open, but Restroom Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Pine View Tower - Open, but Restroom Temporarily Closed until Further Notice All Motorized and Non-Motorized Trails - Open

 

Salem Ranger District (573) 729-6656

Loggers Lake Campground (Shannon County)

Entire Recreation Area - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice

Sutton Bluff Recreation Area (Reynolds County)

Campground, Primitive Restroom - Open on March 26, 2020 Shower House/Restrooms - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Pavilion - Use limited to 10 persons or fewer

Trails/Trailheads/Horse Camps

Ozark Trail Trailheads - Open All Motorized and Non-Motorized Trails - Open

 

Eleven Point Ranger District (573) 996-2153

Greer Crossing Campground(Oregon County)

Campground - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Day Use Area - Open All Restrooms - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice

Watercress Campground (Carter County

Campground - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Day Use Area - Open All Restrooms - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice

Deer Leap Campground (Ripley County)

Entire Recreation Area - Opens April 1

Float Camp Campground (Ripley County) 

Entire Recreation Area - Opens April 1

Trailheads/River Access/Lakes

Fourche Lake - Open, but Restroom Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Ripley Lake - Open, but Restroom Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Bay Nothing River Access - Open, but Restroom Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Thomasville River Access - Open, but Restroom Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Cane Bluff River Access - Open, but Restroom Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Whitten River Access - Open, but Restroom Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Turner South River Access - Open, but Restroom Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Turner North River Access - Open, but Restroom Temporarily Closed until Further Notice 142 River Access - Open, but Restroom Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Falling Springs Day Use - Open, but Restroom Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Dunrovin - Open, but Restroom Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Boze Mill - Open, but Restroom Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Sinking Creek Trail Head - Open, but Restroom Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Greer Springs Trailhead - Open, but Restroom Temporarily Closed until Further Notice All Motorized and Non-Motorized Trails - Open

 

Poplar Bluff Ranger District (573) 785-1475

Pinewoods Lake Recreation Area (Carter County)

Campground - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Day Use Area - Open All Restrooms - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Pavilion - Use limited to 10 persons or fewer

Markham Springs Recreation Area (Wayne County)

Campground - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Day Use Area - Open All Restrooms - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Pavilion - Use limited to 10 persons or fewer Fuchs House - Use limited to 10 persons or fewer

Trailheads/River Access/Lakes

Wolf Creek Trailhead - Open, but Restroom Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Hendrickson River Access - Open, but Restroom Temporarily Closed until Further Notice All Motorized and Non-Motorized Trails - Open

 

Potosi/Fredericktown Ranger District (573-438-5427)

Berryman Campground (Washington County)

Campground - Open Pavilion - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice All Restrooms - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice

Council Bluff Recreation Area (Washington/Iron Counties)

Wild Boar Campground - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Chapel Hill Beach - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Boat Launch - Open Boat Launch Toilet - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Enough Boat Launch - Open Enough Boat Launch Toilet - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice

Marble Creek Campground (Madison County)

Campground and Day-use Area - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice All Restrooms - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Ozark Trail Trailhead - Open

Red Bluff Recreation Area (Crawford County)

Entire Recreation Area - Temporarily Closed until Further Notice

Silver Mines Recreation Area (Madison County)

Camping Loops, Restrooms - Open Turkey Creek Day-use Area - Open Pavilion - Use limited to 10 persons or fewer Group Site - Use limited to 10 persons or fewer

Trails/Trailheads/Horse Camps

Hazel Creek - Open Brazil Creek - Open, but Restroom Temporarily Closed until Further Notice Ozark Trail Trailheads - Open All Motorized and Non-Motorized Trails - Open