Paris lies on the southern banks of the Middle Fork of Salt River, a major tributary to Mark Twain Lake. Mark Twain Lake is a 18,600 acre reservoir, operated by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, is formed by Clarence Cannon Dam and the Salt River and its tributaries . It was completed in 198_ and has 285 miles of shoreline. Average depth is 29 feet. An additional 37,000 acres surrounding the lake is managed by the Corp of Engineers for conservation and public recreational use such as hunting.
Mark Twain Lake has numerous boat ramps, hunter/fisherman parking lots, campgrounds, and hiking / equestrian trails.
For brochures, maps, or an orientation to the lake, visit the M. W. Boudreaux Visitor Center, on Route J, 1/2 mile south of the Clarence Cannon Dam. Open daily - May thru October, weekends in April.