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Lake Wappapello State Park

Park Information

A place to sleep under the stars. A place to fish. A place to hike, to mountain bike, to backpack, to camp. Lake Wappapello has a little something for everyone. Blue waters and abundant fish make the lake ideal for fisherman who want to fish for crappie, catfish and bass. Miles of trails throughout the park offer great scenery and picturesque views.

Park Hours

Park Grounds:

Accessible 24 hours a day
Quiet hours - 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Park Office hours

Summer Hours (On-Season)

  • April 1 through Memorial Day weekend
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday
    10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday
  • Monday of Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend
    10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday
    10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday
  • Monday of Labor Day weekend through Oct. 31
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday
    10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Winter Hours (Off-Season)

  • November through March
    closed

Beach hours

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

Address

Hwy. 172
Williamsville, MO

Phone numbers

  • Park Office: (573) 297-3232
  • Lodging/Store: (573) 297-3817
Sometime between 1936 and 1938, the Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution published “The Old Tavern; Book of Recipes,” which contained more than 700 recipes from DAR members and the J. Huston Tavern at Arrow Rock State Historic Site. The recipes offered a unique glimpse into our food culture during the early years of the 20th century. On page 36 is a recipe for buttermilk biscuits: “Add to ½ sifter of flour, 1 scant tsp. soda, ¼ tsp salt, 2 level tsp. baking powder. Sift into mixing bowl. Cut in with fork 2 heaping tbsp. lard, 1pt. buttermilk. Turn onto floured board, knead to soft dough, Roll 3/8 inch thick. Bake in greased pan in hot oven. 30 biscuits.” You can try the recipe itself or enjoy the fine food served today at the J. Huston Tavern, the oldest continually operating restaurant west of the Mississippi. For more information, visit http://www.mostateparks.com/park/arrow-rock-state-historic-site.