Mark Twain National Forest
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  • Pinewoods Lake

    Pinewoods Lake Recreation Area sits next to Pinewoods Lake in southeastern Missouri. It is an ideal location to enjoy lake fishing and scenic trails. Drinking water is not available.

    The lake is located on the southeastern quadrant of the Mark Twain National Forest. The area is densely wooded.

    A 1.3-mile walking trail surrounds the lake. Most of the trail has a concrete surface and is accessible. The entire trail is relatively flat, with no difficult sections. Circling the 32-acre lake, the trail provides views of the lake, songbirds and wildlife, and an abundance of wildflowers. 


    The lake offers a floating fishing pier and a concrete boat ramp. Anglers can enjoy fishing for bass, sunfish and catfish.

    The day-use picnic shelter pavilion can accommodate up to 75 people. It is equipped with tables and large grills. Accessible vault toilets are provided. Trash collection service is not available; visitors must carry out all garbage.

    Ellsinore is the closest city to the campground, just 3 miles away, with a few dining options, a grocery store and fuel station.


    Fees:

    No Day Use Fees


    Restrictions:

    Electric motors only permitted. Leave No Trace Pack out what you pack in; be prepared and minimize your impact. Drinking water is not available. Parking is free of charge.


    Directions:

    From Poplar Bluff, Missouri, go 7 miles north on U.S. Highway 67, then travel 16 miles east on U.S. Highway 60.