RENO, Nev.—Nevada officials are launching a new bid to give Mark Twain recognition in the state where he assumed his pen name in 1863.

The Nevada State Board on Geographic Names is again pushing a proposal to name a scenic Lake Tahoe cove for Samuel Clemens, which was Mark Twain's real name.

But unlike two years ago when the effort was rejected by its national counterpart, the state board no longer maintains the cove should be named for Twain because he actually camped there in 1861.

Board members say they merely want to name the cove for Twain because of his association with Tahoe and the lack of a geographic feature in Nevada named for him.

The national board cited doubt about whether Twain camped at the spot as a factor in its decision.