Mark Twain National Forest
401 Fairgrounds Road
Rolla, MO 65401
Loggers Lake Recreation Area
Area Status: Open
Located deep in the interior forests of Shannon county, this campground is situated along the south-east shore of 22 acre Logger's Lake. Constructed in 1942, this spring-fed lake is maintained as a fishery, and is a destination for anglers looking for non-motorized boating and quiet bank fishing. There are 14 campsites, each with table, lantern post, tent pad, and fire ring. Fresh water is available from April to October 1, and vault toilets are available. The Day Use area has a small swimming beach, boat ramp, picnic tables, and 2 small pedestal grills. A separate vault toilet is nearby also.
At a Glance
Open seasonally from April 1 through October 31. Walk in only November 1 through March 31, 6:00 AM - 10:00PM; with only registered campers overnight. Check out time: 2:00PM. Quiet Hours are 10:00 PM - 6:00AM.
8$ per day camping, $2 per day parking/day use
State fishing regulations apply
Electric boat motors only
Pressurized Drinking Water available April through October
Campground Host onsite April through October
Directions: From the junction of MO A Hwy and Hwy 72, go 1/4 mile west on A Hwy to Dent Co Rd 565 (Lincoln Ave). Go south on 565 6 miles to FR 2193. Turn left on 2193 for 1 mile to Logger's Lake
Camping & Cabins
The campground area is located on the southeast shore and most sites have a view of the lake, with only light vegetation in between. There are 14 sites, with table, fire ring, and some offer lantern posts. Drinking water and vault toilets are centrally located.
The campground is first come-first serve, so you may want to arrive early to get a site on busy weekends.
A Campground Host is usually available for information, and is located on west side of the lake. Can accommodate up to 34' RVs. No individual hookups available at this location. Pressurized water system.
Lake and Pond Fishing
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed Loggers Lake in the late 1930’s. Several springs feed water into the lake basin, helping maintain a cool temperature. The 22-acre lake offers good fishing for largemouth bass, sunfish and channel catfish. Boats are permitted with electric motors only; there are 2 boat ramps, and a barrier-free fishing pier.
Loggers Lake trail begins/ends at Loggers Lake Campground. A wooden bridge leads you to the trail, which begins a few steps beyond the entrance sign. The trail winds through a mostly black oak forest with a mixture of white and scarlet oak, maples, sassafras, and shortleaf pines. The understory contains various kinds of sumac along with flowering dogwood and redbud. Soon you will come to a small clear creek, the result of a forested watershed. A retaining wall stabilizes the path near benches for a rest. A side path leads you to the dam, but you cannot cross it because of the spillway. The trail then passes the tail water and moves north, parallel to the west bank. Halfway, a switchback leads you uphill to the former Oak Knoll Campground (currently used for the Campground Host site). Then you come to where the access road crosses the north side of the lake. Crossing Mill Creek, you may take a side trip (about 1/3rd of a mile) to visit Rock Spring. After that, an easy stroll along the paved road, passing the fishing pier and picnic area, leads you back to the camping area.
The 22-acre lake, variety of colorful vegetation, and clear creeks and springs provide a picturesque setting.
A day-use picnic area is located above a small beach on northeast side of the lake. This area provides year- round vault toilets, as well as fire rings, grills and tables. The small sandy beach is popular with families, however the water is not regularly monitored or tested, and there is no lifeguard on duty
Boating - Non-Motorized
Boats are permitted with electric motors only; there are 2 boat ramps, and a barrier-free fishing pier. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed Loggers Lake in the late 1930’s. Several springs feed water into the lake basin, helping maintain a cool temperature. The 22-acre lake offers good fishing for largemouth bass, sunfish and channel catfish.
We do not manage for swimming. The small sandy beach is popular with families, however the water is not regularly monitored or tested, and there is no lifeguard on duty.