Nestled in the southeast region of Missouri, Lake Wappapello State Park offers a
variety of recreation opportunities ranging from an exciting day on Lake Wappapello to a quiet stroll through the Ozark forest.
Lake Wappapello is popular with fishermen who cast their lines in hopes of
reducing the excellent population of white bass, crappie and bluegill, as well
as largemouth bass and catfish. Water enthusiasts will also enjoy swimming,
boating and water skiing. The park features a swimming beach and paved boat
ramps.The park is a popular fishing spot and offers a wide variety of fish species.
Common types caught are crappie, bass and catfish. Fishing is allowed in all
areas of the park except at or near boat ramps and the swimming beach. Even
though most areas close at dark, the facility allows night fishing at specific
locations throughout the park. The best fishing months at this park tend to be
May, June, September and October.
On-shore recreation options include miles of hiking, backpacking, equestrian
and all-terrain bicycle trails. Visitors can enjoy lunch in two picnic areas,
which include picnic sites, shelters and playground equipment.
Two campgrounds -- one perched on the ridge and one nestled near the lake --
offer basic and electric hookup campsites, hot showers, modern restrooms and
laundry facilities. Eight modern cabins with kitchens, perfect for families, can
be reserved by contacting the park office.
Lake Wappapello State Park provides a pleasant atmosphere for a myriad of
park visitors whether they are looking to fish, boat, camp or just enjoy an
afternoon barbecue and an evening sunset.
The park has three boat launches available for visitor usage. They are located
at Asher Creek Campground, the old marina and just past cabin 8 at the Allison
Point day-use area. The first two are concrete ramps and the third is a dirt
launch. There is a courtesy dock located at the old marina launch. There are no
launch fees or motor restrictions.