Crane Lake Recreation Area

Crane Lake Recreation Area was next on the itinerary.  It’s a 100 acre man-made lake circumscribed by a 5 mile trail that is one of the few National Recreation Trails in the state.  The northern half of the trail is shared with the Marble Creek section of the Ozark Trail.

The main attraction here is the waterfalls and shut-ins below the dam.  While not as large or famous as the nearby Johnson’s Shut-Ins, it’s still pretty neat.

Looking back up toward the dam

Standing below the south end of the dam, looking back over the lake

After finishing here, I headed to Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park to spend the night at one of their walk-in camp sites.

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About Michael R

I enjoy hiking, landscaping with native plants, nature photography, dark chocolate, fine dining, good movies, and old jazz.
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