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.
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...
Address: HC 2 Box 102, Williamsville, MO Phone: 573-297-3232
Address: 153 University Forest Drive, Wappapello, MO Phone: 573-222-2267
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...
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.