Mark Twain National Forest Closes Big Bay Campground

Contact(s): Darla Rein (417) 683-4428


Rolla, Mo.– Mark Twain National Forest is permanently closing Big Bay Campground on Table Rock Lake, near Shell Knob, Missouri.

The Big Bay boat launch and picnic area will remain open. 

The campground closing is part of Mark Twain National Forest’s long term recreation site management plan.

“The facilities are not accessible; are not compatible with modern camping equipment, and have been deteriorating for a number of years,” said Ava-Cassville-Willow Springs Ranger Jenny Farenbaugh.

Shell Knob Recreation Area, a nearby day use only area, has picnic tables. The area also has a pavilion that can be rented at; a tennis court, playground, vault toilet, and an overlook of Table Rock Lake.  Shell Knob Lions Club maintains and operates this recreation area under a Granger-Thye special use permit.

US Army Corps of Engineers offers several developed camping opportunities on Table Rock Lake, such as Campbell Point, located nearby.

For more information, contact the Mark Twain National Forest, Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs Ranger District at 417-683-4428.  Office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday or visit Mark Twain National Forest’s website at

Mark Twain National Forest is the largest public land manager in Missouri with 1.5 million acres in 29 counties in southern and central Missouri. Mark Twain National Forest’s mission is to continue to restore Missouri’s great outdoors and maintain a healthy, working forest. For more information about the Mark Twain National Forest, go to or contact your local Mark Twain National Forest office.