Mark Twain Lake’s 3,000 acre waterfowl is closed to boating and/or waterfowl hunting during duck season, Oct. 31 to Dec. 29.  This resting area allows the migrants to feed and rest before continuing their journey to wintering grounds.


Mark Twain Lake’s 3,000 acre waterfowl is closed to boating and/or waterfowl hunting during duck season, Oct. 31 to Dec. 29.  This resting area allows the migrants to feed and rest before continuing their journey to wintering grounds.
Mark Twain Lake’s waterfowl refuge, located on portions of the Middle Fork and Elk Fork Area, provides a stopover for migrants. The refuge is made up of various habitats, appealing to various migrating birds. Deep pools of water are feeding grounds for the diving birds and a safe resting area for other birds. Shallow water flood plains become feeding areas for dabbler’s (mallards) and long-legged shore birds. The exposed mud flats hold many insects and invertebrates for the short-legged shorebirds. Flooded dead snag trees become roost and viewing towers for the double-crested cormorants and bald eagles.
For more information about our refuge contact Mark Twain Lake Project Office at 20642 Highway J, Monroe City, Mo., 63456 or phone (314) 735-4097.