Pirate’s Cove on Google Maps
The is the first in a series of our favorite Mark Twain Lake coves. It was here that I used my new spyglass (father’s day present from Katie and Chet) to make sure there were no pirates hidden in the back of the cove.
The cove is located behind the Spaulding Boat Ramp. We like this cove because it winds back to where you are not visible from the lake and it blocks the wind well on windy days.
This was our first time watching the fireworks from the lake (part of the annual Mark Twain Lake Rodeo). It was a beautiful evening with at least a hundred boats waiting for the event to begin. We anticipated issues with that many boats trying to get off of the lake at the same time, but there were no issues at all.
Our favorite time to cruise the lake is at sunset. Like all of the Missouri lakes, the sunsets at Mark Twain Lake are absolutely stunning. No matter how many times we see the sunsets, I am compelled to take pictures to capture that moment since no two sunsets are ever the same.
Mark Twain Lake was created by the Cannon Dam impounding the Salt River.
Clarence Cannon Dam is a 138 feet high and 1,940 feet long combination concrete gravity embankment dam. The dam contains 450,000 cubic yards of concrete and 3,000,000 cubic yards of earth-fill.
The dam contains a hydroelectric power plant, with two generators, capable of producing up to 58 megawatts (78,000 hp) of power, or enough to supply a town of 20,000 people. When both units are operating at capacity, as much as 5,400,000 US gallons of water pass through the turbines each minute.