Wappapello Lake

Wappapello Lake

Although Lake Wappapello’s primary purpose is flood control, it has become a beautiful place for boating and fishing. From crappie to smallmouth bass, the fishing is excellent. After heavy rains, the lake grows into areas that provide opportunity for bow-fishing of the Buffalo Fish and other larger species. The lake has public boat access at the state park campground. Both powered and non-powered watercraft are allowed in the lake, as well as swimming. Boating is typically done away from the campground toward the dam, with swimming and fishing done near the beach/banks.

 

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Wappapello State Park

Lake Wappapello State Park is the ideal vacation spot for a day or a week. The park offers a modern campground and cabins plus rustic camper cabins. Miles of trail for hikers, backpackers and horseback riders offer great scenery and picturesque views. With...

Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center at Lake Wappapello

Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center Lake Wappapello is a reservoir on the St. Francis River, formed by Wappapello Dam. Created in 1941, this 44,000-acre project is located 120 miles south of St. Louis, Missouri. Its primary purpose is flood control though...

Did You Know?

The first pioneer, Isaac Kelly, came to the area in 1802. Settlers cut timber and farmed the land, and soon the Frisco Railroad established the town of Wappapello as a railway station.

Directions to Wappapello State Park

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.

ADDRESS

MO-172,
Williamsville, MO 63967

PHONE NUMBERS

Park Office: (573) 297-3232
Lodging: (573) 297-3817

Wappapello Lake State Park

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