Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Whats for Breakfast?

At Lodge at Mark Twain Lake Bed and Breakfast in Missouri, we serve a full breakfast. We start off with fresh seasonal fruit when ever possible. It could be a fruit salad or on a crisp Fall morning maybe some fried apples. Our main entree may consist of banana pancakes, stuffed french toast with homemade strawberry syrup, or maybe a dutch pancake. We also have some yummy egg dishes, egg in ham cups, herb eggs, and scrambled eggs. Homemade baked goods are served, blueberry muffins, poppy seed bread, or one of our new found recipe orange almond pull apart. Orange juice is also served along with Cafe Brit coffee from Costa Rica. We take pride in the breakfast we serve our guest. Come be our guest, you'll be glad you did!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Swinkey Corn Maze

Looking for something to do during your stay at Mark Twain Lake? This is the last weekend for the Swinkey Corn Maze 2010. Bring the family for some fun time! Check out their website to see all the details. http://www.swinkeycornmaze.com

Monday, October 18, 2010

David C. Berti Shooting Range

The David C. Berti shooting range located just below the Clarence Cannon Dam, in the Warren G. See South Spillway Recreation Area is open daily from 8 a.m. until dusk. It features ranges for handguns and rifles along with shooting benches and shelters. The yardage on them are 25, 50 and 100 yards . I’ve have shot a pistol and a rifle on them and they are extremely nice. For more information about range rules and conditions, facilities, services, special events, or other inquiries please contact the Mark Twain Lake Project Office at (573) 735-4097.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Halloween at Indian Creek Campground

This coming weekend will be another fun packed time at Mark Twain Lake. It is the annual decorate your campsite for Halloween at Indian Creek Campground! You will be amazed at the display of some of these sites. This is a lot of fun for the family, and the best part there is no charge to view the sites.

Indian Creek Campground is located south of Monroe City off Route HH, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 and 16. Dress in your costume if you like and bring a flashlight. Call Mark Twain Lake Project Office for more information at 573.735.4097

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Hannibal Missouri Folklife Festival

October 16-17, 2010 the 34th Annual Autumn Historic Folklife Festival hosted by the Hannibal Arts Council will be 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday. On Main Street in Hannibal, Missouri.
The festival features artists, artisans and craftsmen demonstrating and selling handmade traditional arts & fine crafts, strolling and street musicians, a children’s area, Farmer’s Market, cider fresh from the apple press, a wine tasting area, and a warm atmosphere for everyone.

Delicious food choices are kettle corn, chicken –n- noodles (you might have to stand in line but it is well worth it!) bread pudding, turkey legs, and many, many more food Here is a link for more information. http://www.hannibalarts.com/pdf_files/2010FolklifeBookletLR2.pdf

Monday, September 20, 2010

Garage sales anyone?

Perry Missouri will have their all town garage sale October 2, 2010.

Fall into Paris

That's Paris Missouri of course. September 25, 2010 in downtown Paris. Great family fun. Craft and food vendors. Live music for entertainment.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Garden Tractor Pull in Perry Missouri

The 8th Annual Garden Tractor Pull will be September 11, 2010 at 6 pm.in Perry Missouri The top Midwest's Garden Tractors Pullers will be there. There is no charge for spectators. Food will be provided by the Perry Chamber of Commerce.
If you have never been to a tractor pull do not miss this one. Great family fun!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Clarence Cannon Dam

We took a ride over to Clarence Cannon Dam yesterday. The Corp of Engineer are still letting water out. Luckily I had my camera so I tried the video option. This is what it turned out to be. Enjoy!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Historic Bethel German Colony September 4 & 5 2010

Labor Day Weekend Historic Bethel German Colony will host Heritage Fall Festival. There will be Folk art demonstrations, entertainment crafts German Food and the Sheep and Fiber Arts Festival. Just another fun event to do while you are in the Mark Twain Lake area!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Perry Cruise Night

Fourth Annual Perry Cruise Night will be on Saturday Night August 7th. The event will be held across from Casey’s on Main Street. The Perry Chamber of Commerce will be the host. Make plans for a great night of music, fun, food and a cruise to Ray Behren's Campground

Like last year, there will be no entry fees for participants or classes, this will be all just for fun. The cruise night committee recommends all vehicles to park before 4:45 pm. The cars, trucks and motorcycles... will be on display from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Spectators are encouraged to arrive at 5 pm and visit with friends and neighbors and enjoy a small town Saturday night with music from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. The Perry Chamber of Commerce will serve food and Gary and Debbie Hodges will serve homemade ice cream from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. All proceeds from the food and ice cream will be donated to the Perry Community Center building fund.

Drawings will be held throughout the evening, there will also be a 50/50 raffle.

The event will conclude at 7:00 with a small cruise to Ray Behren’s Campground at Mark Twain Lake. The event will take place rain or shine. Participants and spectators are encouraged to come early in the afternoon and visit area shops. For more information you can visit the Perry Chamber website at www.perrymissouri.com

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Monroe County Fair

The Monroe County Fair will be July 16- 21, 2010. Here is a link to the fair schedule. http://www.farmmom.com/fair/index.html

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Going, Going, Gone....Auctions!

There is nothing like a country auction. Check out these auctions coming up near Mark Twain Lake.

Saturday July 10 2010 10:00 am http://www.usauctionlist.com/harlow/

Thursday July 15, 2010 9 am the auction of Dr. & Mrs. Clark Todd large antique and collectibles. more information at http://www.sullivanauctioneers.com/

Remember when it's gone, it's gone!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Perry MO Tractor Pull July 4th

http://perrymissouri.com/ Need another reason to come to Mark Twain Lake for the July 4th holiday? How about a tractor pull in Perry Missouri July 4th 2010. We were there last year and we had a good time. I really enjoyed it! Come hungry and grab something to eat all profits go to Perry Community Center.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

National Tom Sawyer Days

National Tom Sawyer Days will be held in Hannibal Missouri July 1 - 4th. Tournaments, parade, arts and crafts, races, live entertainment, and fireworks on the river front. Here is a website to go for the the activities schedule. http://wwwhannibaljaycees.org There is something for the whole family to enjoy. You can even compete in the fence painting contest.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Mark Twain Lake Rodeo

It's that time of year again, the rodeo at Mark Twain Lake. Held every year over the July 4th weekend. The rodeo is held at Warren G. See South Spillway Recreational area, located just below Clarence Cannon Dam. Here is the website http://www.marktwainlakerodeo.org/ This site has all the details about the rodeo. Where to get your tickets, how much the tickets are and the special events each night of the rodeo. Every night after the rodeo there will be music and dancing, music provided by Little Dixie. Fireworks will be on Sunday July 4th. Here is a link to their facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Mark-Twain-Lake-Rodeo-Official-Page/116111271739343?ref=ts

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Founders Day in Florida Missouri

On May 22 2010 the tiny village of Florida Mo will host a festival. Florida Missouri is the birthplace of Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, If you are looking for some go old country fun this is where you need to be. There will be an old time jam session so bring your instruments and chairs and join in. There will be singing, storytelling, old time crafts and modern flea market. Food and drinks will be available. Come join the fun, you'll be glad you did!
Thank you friends of Florida for sponsoring this festival.

Also if you have never been to Mark Twain Shrine you may want to stop by and see the house where Samuel Clemens was born in and a great collection of items of Mark Twain. The shrine is set on a bluff over looking Mark Twain Lake.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight!

Looking for something different to do while at Mark Twain Lake? Then get your tickets to see Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight. Saturday, May 8, 2010 at Hannibal High School Auditorium. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Trouble begins at 8:00 p.m. Proudly presented by The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum. Call 573 221 9010 ext. 404 to reserve your seats.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Stargazing at Mark Twain Lake

Just posted on Mark Twain Lake Chamber of Commerce ... Stargazers in northeast Missouri will be starry eyed as they view the breathtaking celestial wonders of the night skies Saturday, April 10. The Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake invites you to join us at Indian Creek Campground’s East Loop to see the sky like never before. St. Louis Astronomical Society will set up their telescopes for all to view. Astronomy and stargazing has always been a great parent and child experience. Staring up in the sky and conveying the majesty and mystery of the heavens to a small child is very awesome experience. This is a completely free learning activity that you can share and enjoyed every time you step outside in the evenings. For more information, phone the Mark Twain Lake Project Office at 573-735-4097

Monday, March 29, 2010


Going to visit with the rangers in Mark Twain State Park in Missouri. What a beautiful park it is too. They are a good bunch. Bringing them a little something.
Also I'll be visiting the Corp of Engineers. If you are a camper this is a great place to camp. We camped in their parks for over 20 years.
If you never been to Northeast Missouri this year would be a great year to visit.....It is the year of Mark Twain!
Get out and enjoy the weather this week it is going to be GREAT!

Saturday, March 20, 2010


First day of Spring and this is what it looks like. I think this will be the last of the cold weather. I'm hoping anyway!
Soon we will be fishing, boating, and geocaching. As a matter of fact, MOGA 2010 is only 3 weeks away. Here is the website if you are interested in learning about geocaching. www.moga2010.com Check it out, it looks like fun.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Mark Twain Lake Water Levels

Please read the following email that was sent out to the chammber members. If we all do a little we can make Mark Twain lake the best it can be!

To Mark Twain Lake Enthusiasts,
As most of you know, in 2008, after several record rain fall events, Mark Twain Lake reached a new record level of just over 640 feet above sealevel. This sent the dam into what is called an induced surcharge. The dam performed just as the engineers said it would. I'm sure that the men and women who designed Clarence Cannon Dam were very proud of themselves.Hopefully they are retired and watched it happen on the internet ortelevision, because it was quite scary around the lake. The results were alot of damage upstream and downstream of the dam. Downstream there was significant bank erosion, some of which will never be repaired andtremendous damage to the re regulation dam (that day use area will remainclosed until further notice). County roads, bridges, several homes, barnsand out buildings as well as thousands of acres of crops that could not beharvested were effected. Upstream the damage was more on the economicside. The lake was closed for seven days during prime vacation/boatingtime. We lost customers, some of which will never be back. The outcome wasthat 2008 was not a good year for anybody around the lake, upstream ordown. Couple that with down economy of 2009, which is carrying over to2010, could make 2008 the beginning of the end for many lake businessesand developments.
Yet, with all that bad, something good has come from 2008. The Corps of Engineers is working on a new water control manual on how to manage thewater levels at Mark Twain Lake. For the first time fish spawn has beenaddressed with specific lake levels. Obviously the benefit of fishing/recreation boating has opened the eyes of the regulators of MarkTwain Lake. This could be a milestone to all of the businesses, outdoor sportsman and many families whose livelihood benefit from the fishing industry that the lake has brought to our area. Unfortunately, the downstream interests have the numbers to have it removed unless we make significant comments on the plan. It should be known that the record lakelevels of 2008, and induced surcharge would have happened regardless ofthe fish spawn consideration in the new manual. The plan is attached.
The proposed manual would allow the Corps of Engineers to maintain the lake level from 606 to 610 from April 23-June 16. In the years that the lake does not go over 610, this plan should help the fish spawn. In the years that the lake does go over 610, little or no attention will be paidto fish spawn. I do believe that we should take what we can get. (I think we asked for 613 instead of 610 originally)
As far as the other parts of the plan, I think it will address most of theissues that affect both upstream and downstream interests. I would like to personally thank the Corps of Engineers for their efforts and opportunityto change the status quo at Mark Twain Lake.
We will need to make a strong presence to make sure that the fish spawn consideration doesn't end here. Please take the time to email or send aletter to the Corps of Engineers at the addresses below.
Thank you in advance,
Dennis Gill
Vice President,
Mark Twain Lake Chamber of Commerce

send to:
Joan Stemler
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
1222 Spruce St
St. Louis, MO 63103-2818

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Who would of thought that an innkeeper would have to be on facebook??? OK, so maybe I don't have to get involved in facebook, but the "experts" all say that it is the newest tool to use. So here I am so please won't you at least become a fan?

Become a fan of Lodge at Mark Twain Lake on facebook I even added the link!

Now I have to learn Twitter!!!

Don't people talk to each other anymore?

Have a good day!!!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Eagles at Mark Twain Lake

This picture was taken on Route U right before Christmas. I had hear that eagles were at Mark Twain Lake. I was luckly I had the camera with me and got this shot.