Lake Wappapello State Park

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Lake Wappapello State Park

The Basics

Lake Wappapello State Park
HC2 Box 102
Williamsville, MO 63967

Phone: (573) 297-43232

Directions: From Poplar Bluff: Travel north on Hwy 67 approx. 20 miles. Turn right onto MO Hwy 172. Hwy 172 ends at the park, approx 6 miles from Hwy 67.

About Lake Wappapello

In an area once used by native americans to hunt and feed their families, Lake Wappapello has now become a popular destination in Southeast Missouri for anglers and water sport enthusiasts. Swimming, boating, and water skiing are favorite summer activities on the lakes clear, cool waters. Fisherman will find a scenic backdrop while casting their lines.

Along Asher Creek and the cove of the lake it flows into, an abundance of waterfowl can be seen, leaving the cove designated as a winter waterfowl refuge. Many species use this area of the state, including this park and its coves, as their winter homes. These include eagles, ospreys, and many different types of ducks. Other birds that like to hang out near here are herons, owls, and hundreds of songbirds.

The first pioneers arrived in the early 1800's, and established homesteads and farmland in the area. Soon the Frisco Railroad passed through, and established the town of Wappapello, as a depot. A predominant family in the area, the Allison family owned all the land that comprises Lake Wappapello State Park, from around the Civil War, untill the early 1900s. In 1938, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began construction of a dam along the St. Francois River, creating Lake Wappapello. Then, in 1956, the state began leasing land from the Corps of Engineers, currently Lake Wappapello State Park.

The clear waters of the lake can be accessed from three boat ramps located throughout the park, allowing for fishing, water skiing, or other water sport activities. Fisherman can try their luck at some of the lake's many species, including crappie, bluegill, white bass, largemouth, and catfish, among others. Swimmers are welcome to use the park's sandy swim beach. Available nearby, the park also offers picnic grounds, with pavillions and playgrounds.

For those wishing to stay overmight, guests can either choose from eight modern cabins, or four rustic cabins. The modern cabins include heat and air conditioning, kitchen supplies, picnic tables, and fire grills. Campgrounds feature primitive to full-hookup sites, and offer showers, restrooms, laundry, and dump stations.

Features & Facilities

Park Office | Pavilions | Picnic Area/Tables | Playground | Cabins | Campground | Restrooms | Showers | Laundry | Dump Station | Boat Ramp

Activities Available

Camping | Hiking Trails | Biking Trails | Equestrian Trails | Canoeing/Kayaking | Swimming | Fishing

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