Crane Lake

photo: Ozark Trail at Crane Lake. Photo by Don Massey.

This trail was traveled by a
NRT Ambassador on 09/22/2018.

This trail has been adopted by: Donna K.

Length: 5.00 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (off pavement)
Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

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

Driving Directions

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. A portion of the trail also follows part of the Marble Creek Section of the 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%
Maximum Grade: 25%
Elevation Low Point: 858
Elevation High Point: 933
Elevation Gain (cumulative): 321 feet

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

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/Fredericktown Ranger District
10019 Hwy 8 West, PO Box 188
Potosi , MO 63664
(573) 438-5427

Ozark Trail Association
406 West High Street
Potosi , MO 63664
(573) 436-0540



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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