Lake Wapello State Park

Quick Facts

Lake Wapello State Park

Iowa

(641) 722-3371

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Things To Do

Overview

Lake Wapello's 1,150 acres could easily be called the "country club" of Iowa's state parks. The beautiful wooded hillsides, shaded picnic areas and lake provide a quiet elegance which makes Lake Wapello one of southern Iowa's best-kept secrets.

With plenty of fun to keep you busy, consider renting a family cabin for a comfortable stay in the great outdoors. Spend time sunbathing on the beach or hiking the trails. The newly remodeled stone and timber 1930's beach building offers many visitor services including a seasonal restaurant serving a variety of foods, a lake observation deck, and restrooms. Additionally, Lake Wapello's beach offers opportunities for swimming and sunbathing with refreshments available at the beautiful stone and timber bathhouse.

Finally, be sure to check out the facilities of Camp Wapello, the former Boy Scout Area, which are now owned by the Camp Wapello Preservation Group. There is a dining hall with cooking facilities, shower building, and 10 separate tent-oriented camping areas.

Map of Lake Wapello (IA)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.814753, -92.585842

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boats may be rented at the concession area. Any size of boat motors may be operated at "no wake" speeds on the lake.

  • Camping

    Lake Wapello State Park has 80 camping sites, 42 with electrical outlets. Modern shower and rest room facilities are available, as well as a trailer-dump station. The campground is located adjacent to the lake and offers a fine opportunity to "rough it" in the great outdoors. Advance campsite reservations can be made online through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Lake Wapello's 14 family cabins provide a wonderful opportunity for an Iowa vacation "get away." The cabins, which accommodate 4 people comfortably, feature rest room, shower, and cooking facilities. Renters must provide their own bedding, towels, toiletry items, dishes and pots and pans. The cabins can be reserved online through the park reservation system.The facilities of Camp Wapello, the former Boy Scout Area, are now owned by the Camp Wapello Preservation Group. There is a dining hall with cooking facilities, shower building, and 10 separate tent-oriented camping areas. For further details, contact the Camp Wapello Preservation Group at 1-800/684-4184.

  • Fishing

    Fishing by lake, jetty, and universally accessible pier. Bass (catch and release only), crappies, catfish and bluegills abound in the beautiful 289-acre artificial lake.

  • Hiking

    Several miles of trails take you around the lake and through the park. The park offers multiple use trails for hiking and snowmobiling. A nature trail is located on the north side of the park.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    The park offers multiple use trails for hiking and snowmobiling. Snowmobiling is allowed on designated trails.

  • Picnicking

    The shaded and grassy picnic areas are attractive spots for leisurely outdoor meals as well as great views of Lake Wapello. Three open picnic shelters are available and two may be reserved online through the park reservation system.

    The newly remodeled stone and timber 1930's beach building offers many visitor services including a seasonal restaurant serving a variety of foods, a lake observation deck, and restrooms. The beautiful lodge has been converted back into a restaurant. Enjoy the view of the lake and the excellent food when you come visit Lake Wapello State Park.Beach users can purchase snacks and refreshments as well as bait and tackle at the concession area of the building.

  • RVing

    Lake Wapello State Park has 80 camping sites, 42 with electrical outlets. Modern shower and rest room facilities are available, as well as a trailer-dump station.

  • Water Sports

    Lake Wapello's beach offers opportunities for swimming and sunbathing. Refreshments are available at the beautiful stone and timber bathhouse. Boats may be rented at the concession area. The park also offers boating and fishing.

Seasonality/Weather

Iowa summers are known for heat and humidity, with daytime temperatures often near 90°F and sometimes exceeding 100°F. Spring ushers in the beginning of the severe weather season--thunderstorms and tornadoes are common during the spring and summer months. Average winters in the state have been known to drop well below freezing, even falling below 0°F.

Park Partners

Camp Wapello Preservation Group

The Camp Wapello Preservation Group owns and rents the facilities of Camp Wapello. There is a dining hall with cooking facilities, shower building, and 10 separate tent-oriented camping areas.

(800) 684-4184

Directions

Driving

Bloomfield, the county seat of Davis County, is located 13 miles southeast of the park. Unionville is 6 miles west, and Drakesville is 6 miles east. The city of Ottumwa is located 30 miles north and east of Lake Wapello State Park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(641) 722-3371

Campground reservations

(877) 427-2757

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