The Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments provides administrative services to the Mark Twain Lake Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is made of up representatives from eight communities many of which are neighbors to the Mark Twain Lake. Currently, the Chamber has a membership consisting of 56 individuals, organizations and service establishments combined.
The Council of Governments is responsible for providing administrative oversight to the Chamber. This includes preparing monthly agendas, minutes, mailing out vacation guide packets, answering the telephone, updating memberships, accounting services and various other day to day duties. View the 2016 Mark Twain Lake Vacation Guide
Two major events offered by the Chamber include a motorcycle safety course which is held at the Mark Twain Lake and the Buddy Bass Tournament held on the Lake. The motorcycle safety classes are held on various weekends beginning in March and concluding in October. The program is fully authorized by the Missouri Motorcycle Safety Program. The Council of Governments assists the Chamber in hosting this event, by mailing informational and registration forms to interested participants, as well as study materials and assists the instructor in the overall coordination of the event.
The Buddy Bass Tournament celebrated 30 years of great fishing on the Mark Twain Lake in 2014. The two day tournament is the largest tournament held on the Lake with more than 200 boats participating in the event. The tournament is sponsored by many different organizations including the Lake Chamber of Commerce. Efforts for a successful tournament begin in February of each year. The Council of Governments is responsible for mailing out and logging in the registration forms, collecting entry fees, and issuing boat numbers, and keeping the website updated. Staff from the COG also attends the event to assist the Chamber as needed. This is a huge economic event for the Chamber which showcases the pristine Mark Twain Lake.