Crane Lake

photo: Ozark Trail at Crane Lake. Photo by Don Massey. Type: Backcountry
Length: 5.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Mark Twain National Forest, Iron County Road 131.
State(s): Missouri
Counties: Iron
Latitude: 37.425281
: -90.626191

East from MO highway 49 on A124 at Chloride, 34 miles south on Route 131 to lake (2 miles).

From Ironton, MO, take Hwy E south for 9 miles; right on Iron County Road 124 for 2.5 miles; left on Iron County Road 131 for 2 miles.


Five-mile, double-loop hiking and mountain biking trail, with a short segment also open to horses, where it connects with the cross-state Ozark Trail. The lake loop roughly parallels the shoreline of Crane Lake, while the South Loop passes through a series of glades, shut-ins, old fields, and oak-hickory forest.

Additional Details

Width: 21 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 7%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 1980

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Mark Twain National Forest
Potosi Ranger District
10019 Hwy 8 West, PO Box 188
Potosi , MO 63664
(573) 438-5427



Ozark Trail at Crane Lake. Photo by Don Massey.

Ozark Trail at Crane Lake. Photo by Don Massey.

Autumn reflections. Photo by Don Massey.

Autumn reflections. Photo by Don Massey.


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