Wappapello Lake

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Wappapello Lake

Missouri

(573) 222-8562

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Overview

Nestled in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, Wappapello Lake offers activities for all walks of life. Over 44,000 acres of public lands and water welcome hunting, fishing, swimming, boating, camping and picnicking. Interpretation of the natural resources through trails, visitor center exhibits and various programs highlight the natural beauty found in Southeast Missouri.

Depending upon the time of year, visitors may see bald eagles nesting, waterfowl migrating or river otters playing in the serenity of Wappapello Lake.

Nearby is Historic Greenville, a town that was relocated when the lake was filled. Because of its archaeological and historic significance, the old town of Greenville has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since March of 1990. Today this site is commonly referred to as Old Greenville. The story of Old Greenville does not simply mirror American history. The events and people of the town, combined with countless similar communities across the country created American history. For a journey through the past, tour the sidewalks of Old Greenville on a self guided historic walk known as "Memory Lane" and learn about a town and its people who shaped the nation's history.

Map of Wappapello Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 36.933583, -90.331291

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Activities

  • Boating

    Twenty-six boat ramps provide easy access to the lake. Once on the open water, several marinas are available to meet your boating needs. Courtesy docks are also available at Chaonia, Greenville, Peoples Creek, Redman Creek and Rockwood Point boat ramps.

  • Bicycling

    Bicylcling is allowed on several trails.

  • Camping

    Camping enthusiasts will find that there is truly something for everyone at Wappapello Lake. Traditional and primitive camping are available. Campsites are available on a first come, first-served basis unless reserved. Facilities at the campgrounds differ and may include electrical hookups, showers, restrooms, grills, tables, drinking water and boat mooring facilities. Camping is permitted up to fourteen days in a thirty consecutive day period at Redman Creek, Peoples Creek and Greenville Campgrounds and primitive camping areas. Two large islands in the southern portion of the lake have six campsites. Each campsite has a fire ring, lantern post and picnic table. Campsites are may be reserved but may be used on a first come first serve basis. A northern primitive camping zone has been designated on all Corps public lands south of Hwy 34 to PA 34 (access north Greenville) on the east side of the St. Francis River and on all Corps public land on the west side, north of where Hwy FF intersects with Hwy 67. Camping is not allowed in the Missouri Department of Conservation Wildlife Area north of Hwy 34. Camping in these areas is free and available year round.

  • Fishing

    Wappapello Lake is home to some of Missouri's most sought after game fish, including largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, white bass and channel catfish. The reservoir also contains several species of non-game fish. Several underwater fish shelters have been created in the lake from brush piles and discarded Christmas trees. Whether you are a fast-paced angler or prefer to settle back on the bank with a cane pole, Wappapello Lake has the ideal spot for you. Ample access for boaters and shoreline fishermen allow individuals to spend less time getting to the fish and more time catching them.

  • Hiking

    Wappapello Lake offers naturalists a variety of scenic trail experiences. Whether you want to take in views of the lake and wildlife on a leisurely stroll or backpack in a primitive setting on a vigorous hike, there are great trails you can use to explore the beautiful woodland areas. Pine Ridge, Lost Creek and Johnson Tract Trails are part of the National Trails System. The Greenville Historic Walk, "Memory Lane", is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Ozark Trail is part of a 500-mile trail system. Lake Wappapello State Park also provides backpacking and hiking trails.

  • Historic Sites

    For nearly 150 years, a small town named Greenville thrived on the bank of the St. Francis River. As a frontier town, as county seat of Wayne County, and later as a lumber and railroad town, the community that existed here was a commercial and political center for the region.

    In 1941, a flood control project for the St. Francis River known as the Wappapello Dam was completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The resulting lake level necessitated the relocation of the town of Greenville to its present site, two miles northeast of its original position.

    Because of its archaeological and historic significance, the old town of Greenville has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since March of 1990. Today this site is commonly referred to as Old Greenville. The story of Old Greenville does not simply mirror American history. The events and people of the town, combined with countless similar communities across the country created American history. For a journey through the past, tour the sidewalks of Old Greenville on a self guided historic walk known as "Memory Lane" and learn about a town and its people who shaped the nation's history.

  • Horseback Riding

    The Ozark trail is available for hiking, backpacking, biking (non-motorized), and horseback riding. The Wappapello Lake section is approximately 33 miles in length. There are several accesses along this trail.

  • Hunting

    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. Each year food plots are planted and agriculture lessees leave 10% of their crops in the fields. Through wildlife management activities like these the Corps is able to provide a food source for migrating birds and wintering indigenous wildlife.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic facilities are located around the lake for just about any size picnic you want to put together. Group shelters are ideal for large get-togethers, family reunions and company picnics. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis or may be reserved. In addition, play courts and playground equipment are near these shelters. The large number of individual picnic sites are perfect for family fun. These sites are located to provide pleasant, relaxing settings. Drinking water and restrooms are conveniently available in most picnic areas.

  • RVing

    Facilities at the campgrounds differ and may include electrical hookups, showers, restrooms, grills, tables, drinking water and boat mooring facilities. Camping is permitted up to fourteen days in a thirty-day period at Redman Creek, Peoples Creek and Greenville Campgrounds.

  • Water Sports

    Three beaches offer swimmers sunshine with plenty of shade only a few yards away on the shore. The beaches, located at Peoples Creek, Redman Creek, and Rockwood Point Recreation Areas, are wonderful places for the entire family to spend an afternoon of swimming and sunbathing.

Directions

Driving

Located at the foothills of the Ozarks in Southeast Missouri. From St. Louis, travel south 32 miles on I-55 to U.S. 67. Continue south 88 miles to Greenville. Turn left on highway D, travel south 20 miles.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(573) 222-8562

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