Featured Destination: Lake Wappapello, Missouri
If you live in or near southeast Missouri, you’ll love Lake Wappapello. It’s easy to get to (it’s right off Highway 172 in Lake Wappapello State Park). And it’s also one of the nicest lakes in Missouri for a lake vacation.
Spend a day at Lake Wappapello or spend a week. You won’t run out of things to do. If you like swimming and sunbathing, fritter the day away at Allison Cove. Prefer to spend your time on the water instead of in it? Lake Wappapello has three concrete boat launches, one at Asher Creek Campground, another on Marina Road, and another at Allison Point. It also has a courtesy dock at Old Marina Launch. Bring your own boat or rent a personal watercraft from Breakin’ Waves Rentals.
If angling is what you’re after, you’re in luck. Lake Wappapello is well stocked with warm water game fish like catfish, crappie and largemouth bass. And you can cast your line just about anywhere—day or night! The best months for fishing are September, October, and February through June.
Of course, you don’t have to spend your entire lake vacation actually at the lake. The park also has four nature trails that offer great views of the Ozark hills (and the lake). The longest one, Lake Wappapello Trail, covers 12.75 miles. It’s open to cyclists and horseback riders as well as hikers.
You can find cozy accommodations at Lake Wappapello, too. Try one of the park’s two or three-bedroom housekeeping cabins. Or perhaps a log camper cabin is more your family’s style. Camper cabins sleep up to six, four adults and two children. Lake Wappapello State Park also has two campgrounds that rent basic and electric sites with dump stations, showers and laundry facilities. Asher Creek Campground is open April through September. Ridge Campground is open year round.