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Location and Contact Information

Wappapello Lake State Park is situated in Southeast Missouri. You can find this natural retreat:

  • Address: RR 2, Box 114, Williamsville, MO 63967, United States
  • Phone: +1 573-297-3206
  • Email: [email protected]

About Wappapello Lake State Park

Wappapello Lake State Park offers an array of recreational opportunities around the 8,400-acre Wappapello Lake. Ideal for fishing, boating, and swimming, the park is a perfect getaway for nature lovers and those seeking a retreat from urban life.

Activities and Amenities

Boating and Fishing:

  • The park provides boat ramps for easy access to the lake.
  • Anglers can enjoy catching bass, crappie, catfish, and bluegill.


  • Offers multiple campgrounds with basic and electric campsites.
  • There are also camper cabins available for rent.

Hiking Trails:

  • Visitors can explore over 15 miles of trails with varying degrees of difficulty.
  • Trails offer scenic views of the lake and surrounding forests, and may present opportunities for wildlife viewing.


  • A beach area is designated for swimming, but no lifeguards are on duty, so swimming is at one's own risk.


  • There are picnic sites and pavilions available, some of which may need to be reserved in advance.

Park Regulations and Safety

  • Fires: Only allowed in designated fire pits or grills.
  • Pets: Allowed in campgrounds and trails but must be leashed.
  • Alcohol: Some restrictions may apply, so it’s best to check the latest park guidelines.
  • Permits: For certain activities such as camping, fishing, or boating, permits or fees may be required.

Weather and Best Time to Visit

  • The park is open year-round, but services may be reduced in the off-season (fall and winter).
  • Spring and early fall typically feature pleasant temperatures and fewer crowds.
  • Summer offers additional services but expect warmer temperatures and more visitors.

Booking and Reservations

  • Reservations for camping and cabins can be made through the Missouri State Parks website or by phone.
  • Since spots can fill up quickly, especially during peak season, it is advisable to book well in advance.

Nearby Attractions

  • Visitors to the area can also explore local conservation areas, historical sites, and nearby trails.
  • Mark Twain National Forest is in proximity, offering additional recreational activities.


  • The park strives to be accessible to all. Visitors with disabilities can find facilities designed to accommodate their needs, but it's best to contact the park in advance for specific information.

Remember to always check the latest information and guidelines from the Missouri State Parks website or directly contact the park before your visit, as conditions and regulations can change.

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