1,854 acres. This state park is located alongside Lake Wappapello, an 8,600-acre reservoir in the Ozarks of southeastern Missouri. It’s a hilly and somewhat rugged area with nice views, an oak-hickory forest, and wildlife which includes white-tailed deer.
I Activities: There are 21 miles of trails, longest of which is the circular 15-mile Lake Wappapello Trail. This trail is for hiking and backpacking, and a section is open to mountain biking. Fishing is available at the lake.
Camping Regulations: Camping is permitted for backpackers only, and it’s limited to portions of the Lake Wappapello Trail. Sites must be at least 100 feet from the trail, 200 feet from public use areas, and one-quarter mile from entry points.
Backpackers must register at the park office or trailhead before starting out. Campfires are prohibited. Groups of seven or more must use a designated backpack camping area.
For Further Information: Lake Wappapello State Park, Route 2, Box 102, Williamsville, MO 63967; (314)297-3232.