What to do in Lake Wappapello State Park

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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.

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.

Lake Wappapello SP Campground Information

Lake Wappapello State Park offers basic and electric campsites. Services include reservable campsites, a dump station, showers, water and laundry.

Asher Creek Campground is closed November through March. Campsites 36-47 and 54 in Ridge Campground are closed November through March.

For reservations, there is a required two-night minimum stay for weekends and major holidays from May 15 through Sept. 15.

Picnic Area/Playground

Picnic shelter in Lake Wappapello State Park.The park has three picnic areas and three playgrounds for visitor use, free of charge.

Picnic sites are located in the Allison Point day-use area, at the Allison Point boat ramp area and near shelter house 1. Both shelters feature picnic tables and an outdoor grill, making a perfect venue for family gatherings and special outings. Shelter 1, located in the day-use area, has a 75-person occupancy and can be reserved for $30 per day. It is also equipped with electrical outlets.

Shelter 2 is by the beach, has a 50-person occupancy and can be reserved for $25 per day. If the shelters are not reserved, they are available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Picnicking at the shelter house areas is accessible to persons with disabilities. For reservations, please call the park office at (573) 297-3232.

Children's playgrounds are located at the Ridge Campground, Allison Point day-use area and at shelter house 1.

Recreation
Swimming

Beach in Lake Wappapello State Park.The park offers a swimming beach at the Allison Point day-use area. It opens on or about Memorial Day weekend and closes shortly after Labor Day weekend. The initial opening of the beach and temporary closings during the on-season depend upon the lake level. Any temporary closings will be posted on the Web site.

Trails

All trails in Lake Wappapello State Park open for public use are identified with entrance signs and marked at intersections with colored directional arrows. Occasional colored markers are used to identify the trail where the route is not clear. Trail users are advised to watch closely for trail markers, especially where trails intersect old roads.

Allison Cemetery Trail - 3.5 miles

This trail, which is open to hiking use only, provides an easy walk on the ridge to Allison Cemetery and then meanders along the lake's edge to complete a 3.5-mile loop. There are two trail heads, one in the day-use area near the picnic shelter and the other on the north side of the road leading to the cabins. Cabin guests may access the trail at the end of the cabin road. The trail is signed in a clockwise direction with green arrows. Shorter hikes are possible by using the connector trails that are identified with white arrows.

Lake View Trail - ½-mile

This short trail begins in the day-use area and provides excellent views of the lake. It is signed with blue arrows in a clockwise direction and is designated for hiking use only.

Asher Creek Trail - 2 miles

This hiking trail begins on the west side of the campground and traverses the hillside up Asher Creek Valley. This arm of the lake has been designated as a waterfowl refuge, making Asher Creek Trail an excellent area for viewing wildlife. The trail follows higher ground on its return to the campground and passes through several stands of mature timber. The trail is approximately two miles long with two connector trails that provide opportunities for shorter hikes. The perimeter trail is signed in a clockwise direction with red arrows and the connectors with white arrows.

Lake Wappapello Trail - 15 miles

Lake Wappapello Trail is designated for hiking, backpacking, all-terrain bicycle and equestrian use. The trail traverses approximately 15 miles of varied and rugged Ozark terrain and may be accessed from Highway 172 near the west boundary of the park. Trail head parking for equestrians is limited at this time. The route is signed in a counterclockwise direction with yellow arrows.

Location
HC 2, Box 102Williamsville, MO 63967

Climate
Missouri experiences four distinct seasons with an average yearly temperature of 54 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach 90 degrees F often and are plagued with high humidity levels. Nighttime lows during the summer dip slightly near 70 degrees. September brings cooler fall weather with less humidity. By October nights begin to cool significantly and the fall foliage changes to brilliant hues of orange, red and yellow. Winter months bring an average of 24 inches of snow and normal temperatures average between 20 and 45 degrees F. Spring is characterized by wet weather with temperatures reaching between 32 and 60 degrees F.

Address
HC 2, Box 102
Williamsville, , MO 63967

Phone: 573-297-3232

Email: moparks@dnr.mo.gov
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