News Release 096

Mark Twain State Park beach opens May 18 for the recreational season

Volume 39-096 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The public swimming beach at Mark Twain State Park, located in Monroe County, will open May 18 and welcome swimmers this weekend.

Designated swimming beaches opened last week at Cuivre River, Lake Wappapello, Long Branch, Pomme de Terre, St. Joe, and Stockton state parks. The remaining designated swimming beaches at Finger Lakes, Lake of the Ozarks, Thousand Hills, Harry S Truman, Wakonda and Watkins Woolen Mill state parks are scheduled to open May 25.

The beaches at Lewis and Clark State Park remains closed due to damage from flooding in 2011, and Trail of Tears State Park remains closed for work on the lake’s dam. Visit for additional information.

Visitors to Missouri State Parks are able to sign up to receive electronic notices about the status of state park beaches by visiting or by checking the status of beaches at a glance on the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ website at as well as The department will notify subscribers when the beach status website is updated with the latest postings and will provide a link to view an interactive map of all state park beaches. The email or text notices will allow visitors to gain even quicker access to the information in a convenient manner.

The department samples the water at all designated beaches in the state park system weekly during the recreational season to determine suitability for swimming. The department will post the information about the beach status on the website. The sample test results indicate a snap shot of the water quality taken at the beaches at a specific time; however, a single sample does not provide an overall sense of the water quality in the lake where the beach is located.

Missouri's state parks and historic sites offer something to suit everyone's taste - outdoor adventure, great scenery and a bit of history. With Missouri's 85 state parks and historic sites, the possibilities are boundless. For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites and swimming beaches, visit