Picnic Areas/Shelters

at Mark Twain State Park

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historc stone Buzzard's Roost picnic shelter


Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of two picnic areas located in the park:

Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area has about 30 individual picnic sites. The overlook in this area offers a panoramic view of Mark Twain Lake and is one of the most photographed locations on the lake. The Buzzard's Roost area also features a nine-hole disc golf course.

The Highway 107 Picnic Area has six picnic sites and is located near the boat ramp off of Highway 107. All picnic sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Picnic Shelters

There are two shelter houses located at Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area.

  • The open shelter, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, holds between 40 and 45 people. It is available by reservation (rental fee is $40), or if not reserved, is available at no charge to users on a first-come, first-served basis. The building has picnic tables, electrical outlets, a water hydrant and an outdoor cooking grill.
  • An enclosed shelter, known as Huck Hall, is available by reservation only. The building holds up to 100 people and rents for $125 a day. It has folding tables and chairs, two modern restrooms, a small kitchen with a refrigerator and stove and two outdoor cooking grills. Groups larger than 100 need special permission from the facility manager to use Huck Hall.
Shelter Reservations

To reserve a shelter, visit our reservation page, or contact the park to check for availability by calling 573-248-9980.


A modern playground, completed in 2002, is perfect for the kids and is located in Buzzard's Roost Picnic Area.