Lake Wappapello

Lake Wappapello State Park Campground Review

Lake Wappapello

Review of Lake Wappapello State Park Campground in Williamsville, Missouri

May 2010 – 1 Night

Atmosphere

The atmosphere inside the campground is really nice. There are 2 camping areas; Asher Creek, that is open and overlooks the lake and the Ridge which is wooded. We stayed in Ridge Campground on campsite 45. The park is very large with day use areas. The park also had some nice terrain to it that added to the nice atmosphere.

Campsite Spacing

Our campsite had tons of space between us and the next campsite. There is a nice mix of campsites to choose from, some are closer than others.  We also had woods between the campsites to make it even more private.

Campsite Quality

Campsite quality was pretty good. We were in a gravel pull-thru site where others are gravel back-in. Asher Creek sites are paved. We had to level the camper quite a bit on our site, which would look to be the norm in the Ridge Campground. Asher Creek campsites looked to be a little more level, but we tend to like the wooded atmosphere. We had a fire ring, picnic table and lantern hanger at our campsite.

Hiking

There are 3 different hiking loops that we did not get a chance to check out. The terrain of the park tells me that the hikes might be nice.

Boating

Lake Wappapello is quite large and has no motor restrictions on it. There is a place on the lake that also offers personal watercraft rentals.

Fishing

We did not do any fishing but the lake is stocked with a variety of fish.

Kids

Our site had a large gravel pad. The Ridge loop is quite large and would provide plenty of space for kids to ride bikes. Asher Creek campsites are surrounded by grass which would allow plenty of area for the kids to run around. There is a swimming beach at the day use area as well.

Overall Comments

This seems like a really nice park overall. It’s about a 6 hour drive for us so I’m borderline if I would make the drive for a long weekend or not. We stopped only for 1 night on our way to Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas. I wish we had another night at the park. On a side note, there was a tornado that passed near the park while we were there, so we ended up spending a couple hours in the laundry room at one of the bathhouses in the middle of the night. One of the campground hosts came around to let people know about the tornado. If you are within a few hours drive of this park you probably should check it out for a weekend.

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