Missouri Outdoors

Lake Wappapello

Lake Wappapello Fishing Camping MissouriAs you travel across Wappapello Dam, you will see people fishing, boating, waterskiing, and enjoying over 8,400 acres of beautiful water meandering through the southern Ozark foothills. The lake's irregular and wooded shoreline provides endless secluded coves attractive to boaters from all walks of life.

Twenty-six boat ramps provide easy access to the lake making the fishing the coves is a delight to avid anglers. The upper reservoir of the St. Francis River offers canoeing enthusiast both adventure and serenity on some of Missouri's most floatable stream waters.

Wappapello Lake offers naturalists a variety of scenic trail experiences with views of the lake and wildlife in a primitive setting on a vigorous hike.

Many species of wildlife thrive at Wappapello Lake on the 44,000 acre project. Deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, coyote, dove, quail, ducks and geese are all abundant here and are perfectly legal to hunt during their respective seasons. 

Lake Wappapello is a reservoir on the St. Francis River, formed by Wappapello Dam which was created in 1941.  The 45,000-acre lake is located 120 miles south of St. Louis, Missouri. The fish population of the lake include white and largemouth bass, crappie, and bluegill. Lake Wappapello State Park lies on the southwestern side of the lake.