Are you a boat person? We’ve seen a number of boats here in the campground, but you won’t find one at our site. We are not boat people. I would never spend all that money on a boat, and Dan, well, he gets seasick.
So, what did we do during our four days at Ray Behrens campground on the shores of Mark Twain Lake?
Dan and I enjoy walking nearly every day. My daily goal is 7500 steps. Walking also provides a way to see things and chat with those we meet along the way. There are just a few short trails here. In our loop, Deer Run, there are two lake access trails and one other short trail.
The lake access trails provide about a five minute walk to the lake. On each trail, near the end, is a bench where one can sit, look out over the lake and ponder life’s greatest questions. But, I don’t know if I would call these “lake access” trails. Each of the trails end at a short, rocky edge along the water. The only access to the lake, that I see, is for your eyes.
The other trail meanders through the woods. We took this trail to the campground road, walked on the road to the Deer Run loop entrance, and then back to our campsite. The total circle was probably a 20 minute walk, tops.
There are two other camping loops in the Ray Behrens campground. Only one of those offers full hook ups, and it is a bigger loop. The sites look very similar, but this other loop would provide longer walks around the campground.
M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center
There is a beautiful Visitor Center about 1.3 miles from our campground. It is open Thursday through Sunday, 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Unfortunately, we arrived on Sunday at 3:05 pm and are leaving at 7:55 a.m. on Thursday. Well, not exactly, but you get the idea. We missed it. But, we did walk around on the outside.
To the right of the building is the “Northeast Missouri Vietnam Memorial.” Impressive. And moving. Thank you to all of our veterans. You all deserve our thanks and recognition every single day.
To the left of the Visitor Center building is an amphitheater, a paved quarter mile walking trail, a playground, picnic tables and restrooms. There are several lookout points throughout this manicured and inviting area.
Now, we may not be boat people, but that doesn’t mean we can’t go to the marina and . . . . EAT LUNCH!
Blackjack Marina is 1.1 miles from the campground. This is a full service marina, so if you’re a boat person, here’s the link.
Boat rentals are available, so if you want to go on a boat but you don’t want to own a boat, this may be the place for you.
We were only interested in the restaurant and the view, of course. The restaurant was really more of a snack bar, but it did have indoor and outdoor seating.
There was also a book exchange set up in the restaurant/store area which worked out great as one of us, whom I shall not name, forgot their book. Note: I used an improper pronoun in the previous sentence since the proper one would have given away his identity. Oops. Sorry, Sweetie.
Let’s see. There’s one more day left. What shall we do? Well, Ray Behrens campground is about 25 miles from Hannibal, Missouri. But we are not going to spend our last full day in Hannibal, even though it’s a great place to visit. We are going somewhere else, to visit a place we’ve never been, a land we’ve never seen. Perhaps you’ll be able to guess where we going. After all, there are clues to be found.