Places to Camp near Wappapello, MO

Wappapello, MO is a great camping destination for adventurers of all types. Wappapello is an adventure-filled destination for those who love the outdoorsy camper lifestyle. But it's also great for those who prefer to spend time near the city, exploring and sightseeing. Find the best campgrounds near Wappapello, MO. Read helpful reviews and tips to find the perfect camping option for you and your crew.

Best Camping Sites Near Wappapello, MO (87)

    Camper-submitted photo from Sam A. Baker State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sam A. Baker State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sam A. Baker State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sam A. Baker State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sam A. Baker State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sam A. Baker State Park Campground

    1.

    Sam A. Baker State Park Campground

    47 Reviews
    134 Photos
    135 Saves
    Patterson, Missouri

    Sam A. Baker State Park Campground, nestled near Patterson, MO, is a gem for campers of all stripes. Open year-round, this spot offers a mix of tent, RV, cabin, and even glamping accommodations. The campground is known for its serene environment and well-maintained facilities.

    One of the standout features is the slow, shallow water areas perfect for young kids, while deeper spots provide a refreshing dip for older kids and adults. The on-site store is a hit, offering surprisingly good food—those loaded nachos are a must-try! Plus, if you forget your bikes, no worries—you can rent them right there.

    Campground 2, particularly the gravel side, is a favorite for its quiet ambiance and proximity to the nature center. The park is also pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    Visitors have praised the clean bathrooms and well-marked roads. The park's natural beauty, with its lush greenery and scenic views, adds to the overall charm. Wildlife sightings, like deer wandering through campsites, add a touch of magic to your stay.

    Whether you're here for a quick overnight stop or a longer stay, Sam A. Baker State Park Campground offers a delightful mix of nature, convenience, and family-friendly fun.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Redman Creek Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Redman Creek Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Redman Creek Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Redman Creek Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Redman Creek Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Redman Creek Recreation Area

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    Redman Creek Recreation Area

    11 Reviews
    14 Photos
    32 Saves
    Wappapello, Missouri

    Overview

    Redman Creek offers a varirty of recreational opportunities for every visitor! This large park is an ideal place for just a day visit or an extended stay. Redman Creek Campground features 109 full service campsites in the Redman East and West Campground. Each campground loop has a playground and shower house, with some restroom facilites replaced in 2021.__ Enjoy the scenic view along the new paved Lake View Trail, this multi-use trail is a hiker, biker or walkers dream. Beginning at Redman East Campground, the trail connects the entire Wappapello Dam area featuring multiple trailheads with unique landscapes.__ A tennis court, basketball court, sand volleyball court and playground are available for use year-round. A family picnic or a day of grilling are easy at one of 17 picnic sites or 4 reservable group shelters. An accessible fishing pier, 4-lane boat ramp with courtesy dock and a seasonal swimming beach provide a multitude of water recreation opportunities.__________ Click here to take a virtual tour of the facilities at Wappapello Lake!__

    Recreation

    Wappapello Lake can be a boater's paradise with a string of secluded coves, islands and wooded shorelines. Hunting, fishing and kayaking are popular activities year-round. Hiking and biking on one of the Lake's 9 trail systems provides opportunities for all ages and abilities. The new accessible Shell Lake Archery Trail is a unique destination for achery enthusiasts.____

    Facilities

    Wappapello Lake can be a boater's paradise with a string of secluded coves, islands and wooded shorelines. Hunting, fishing and kayaking are popular activities year-round. Hiking and biking on one of the Lake's 9 trail systems provides opportunities for all ages and abilities. The new accessible Shell Lake Archery Trail is a unique destination for achery enthusiasts.____

    Natural Features

    Wappapello Lake is fed by the St. Francis River and boasts 8,400 acres on a whopping 45,000-acre expanse of public land in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains.

    contact_info

    Between 03/16/2022 and 11/01/2022 this location is staffed. Please call (573) 222-8233 to speak with local staff. From 01/07/2022 to 03/15/2022 this location is unstaffed. Please call (573) 222-8562 for general information.

    Nearby Attractions

    Explore the nearby Pine Ridge Nature trail, Shell Lake Archery Trail and Wappapllo Wildflower Trail and Greenhouse areas or St. Francis River. The Mingo Wildlife Refuge is approximately 11.6 miles from Redman Creek Recreation Area. The Lake Wappapello State Park is approximately 17 miles away, and the Sam A. Baker State park is 34 miles away from Redman Creek Recreation Area.__

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $10 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Peoples Creek - Lake Wappapello
    Camper-submitted photo from Peoples Creek - Lake Wappapello
    Camper-submitted photo from Peoples Creek - Lake Wappapello
    Camper-submitted photo from Peoples Creek - Lake Wappapello
    Camper-submitted photo from Peoples Creek - Lake Wappapello
    Camper-submitted photo from Peoples Creek - Lake Wappapello

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    Peoples Creek - Lake Wappapello

    10 Reviews
    26 Photos
    22 Saves
    Wappapello, Missouri

    Overview

    People's Creek Recreation Area, located in the southeastern Ozark foothills of Missouri, is a great launchpad for boating, fishing, swimming, hiking or simply exploring the Wappapello Lake area.Completed in 1941, Wappapello Lake provides an estimated $3.9 million in annual flood protection to agricultural lands and developed areas along the St. Francis River. A peaceful cove offers endless recreation opportunities with 57 campsites, a picnic shelter, beach, accessible fishing pier, and Lake View Trail. Click here to take a virtual tour of the facilities at Wappapello Lake.

    Recreation

    People's Creek is ideally suited for swimming and boating activities. The lake is home to some of Missouri's most sought after game fish, including largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, white bass and channel catfish. Hunting, fishing and kayaking are popular activities year-round. Hiking and biking on one of the Lake's 9 trail systems provides opportunities for all ages and abilities. The new accessible Shell Lake Archery Trail is a unique destination for achery enthusiasts.

    Facilities

    People's Creek is ideally suited for swimming and boating activities. The lake is home to some of Missouri's most sought after game fish, including largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, white bass and channel catfish. Hunting, fishing and kayaking are popular activities year-round. Hiking and biking on one of the Lake's 9 trail systems provides opportunities for all ages and abilities. The new accessible Shell Lake Archery Trail is a unique destination for achery enthusiasts.

    Natural Features

    Wappapello Lake stretches 8,400 acres on 45,000 acres of public land. Lightly wooded shorelines add shade to the scenic landscape.

    Nearby Attractions

    Explore the nearby Pine Ridge Nature trail, Shell Lake Archery Trail and Wappapllo Wildflower Trail and Greenhouse areas or St. Francis River. The Mingo Wildlife Refuge is approximately 11.5 miles from Peoples Creek Recreation Area. The Lake Wappapello State Park is approximately 18.2 miles away, and the Sam A. Baker State park is 33.4 miles away from Peoples Creek Recreation Area.

    contact_info

    Between 09/23/2022 and 09/27/2022 this location is staffed. Please call (573) 222-8234 to speak with local staff. From 09/28/2022 to 04/06/2023 this location is unstaffed. Please call (573) 778-5404 for general information.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $50 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Asher Creek Campground — Lake Wappapello State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Asher Creek Campground — Lake Wappapello State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Asher Creek Campground — Lake Wappapello State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Asher Creek Campground — Lake Wappapello State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Asher Creek Campground — Lake Wappapello State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Asher Creek Campground — Lake Wappapello State Park

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    Asher Creek Campground — Lake Wappapello State Park

    7 Reviews
    30 Photos
    4 Saves
    Wappapello, Missouri

    Lake Wappapello State Park is the ideal vacation spot for a day or a week. The park offers a modern campground and cabins plus rustic camper cabins.

    Lake Wappapello State Park offers basic and electric campsites. For a little extra space, try one of the park's family campsites.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents
    Camper-submitted photo from Greenville - Lake Wappapello
    Camper-submitted photo from Greenville - Lake Wappapello
    Camper-submitted photo from Greenville - Lake Wappapello
    Camper-submitted photo from Greenville - Lake Wappapello
    Camper-submitted photo from Greenville - Lake Wappapello
    Camper-submitted photo from Greenville - Lake Wappapello

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    Greenville - Lake Wappapello

    9 Reviews
    15 Photos
    5 Saves
    Greenville, Missouri

    Overview

    Greenville Recreation Area is located on the northen end of Wappapello Lake Project, nestled on the banks of the St. Francis River. The spacious campground is built on the original site of the historical Old Greenville City, visitors have seemingly endless opportunities for fun. The Memory Lane trail winds along the historical foundations and streets offering a glimpse back in time. The Greenville Trail, a three mile hike or bike trail, connects the modern city of Greenville to the campground. The expansive grounds, multiple playgrounds, play courts and large event area provide opportunities for all ages and abilities.__________ Click here to take a virtual tour of the facilities at Wappapello Lake!__

    Recreation

    Greenville boasts a one-mile historical trail to explore. A three-mile hike/bike trail is open year-round and a great choice for families. The lake is home to some of Missouri's most sought after game fish, including largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, white bass and channel catfish. Hunting and trapping are popular activities around the lake, boasting 44,000 acres for public use. Special events are put on throughout the year but the annual Black Powder Rendezvous, Old Greenville Days and Halloween Boo Bash events are notable experiences in Greenville.

    Facilities

    Greenville boasts a one-mile historical trail to explore. A three-mile hike/bike trail is open year-round and a great choice for families. The lake is home to some of Missouri's most sought after game fish, including largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, white bass and channel catfish. Hunting and trapping are popular activities around the lake, boasting 44,000 acres for public use. Special events are put on throughout the year but the annual Black Powder Rendezvous, Old Greenville Days and Halloween Boo Bash events are notable experiences in Greenville.

    Natural Features

    Wappapello Lake, fed by the St. Francis River, has a seemingly endless string of secluded coves hugged by a winding, wooded shoreline. The public recreation area spans 45,000 acres in the southeastern Ozark foothills. The St. Francis River provides multiple caves, gravel bars, and open stretchs of water surrounded by open woodlands and rocky bluffs.__

    contact_info

    Between 03/16/2022 and 11/22/2022 this location is staffed. Please call (573) 224-3884 to speak with local staff. From 01/19/2022 to 03/15/2022 this location is unstaffed. Please call (573) 222-8562 for general information.

    Nearby Attractions

    Explore one of the 9 trail systems along the Wappapello Lake. The nearby Ozark Trail is the only Horse friendly trail at the Lake. The Pine Ridge Nature trail, Shell Lake Archery Trail and Wappapllo Wildflower Trail and Greenhouse areas or lower St. Francis River are approximately 22 miles away. The Mingo Wildlife Refuge is approximately 31 miles from Old Greenville Recreation Area. The Lake Wappapello State Park is approximately 21 miles away, and the Sam A. Baker State park is 14 miles away from Old Greenville Recreation Area. The nearby 34 Bridge Recreation Area is an ideal place to swim or picnic along its large gravel bars.__

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $50 / night

  1. 6.

    Jean Hillis

    8 Reviews
    11 Photos
    24 Saves
    Poplar Bluff, Missouri

    20% discount. Open year round. Full hookups water, sewer, electric 30/50amp, cable tv, WiFi, Laundry, Propane station, Food and car rental delivery to sites. Close to town for everyone’s shopping, dining and entertainment needs. Family owned and operated since 1982. We offer a country/rural setting with forested hills, in the beautiful Ozark Foothills of Missouri. Poplar Bluff is known as“Gateway To The Ozarks”. You can relax, stay in, or check out the area. We have camping with convenience in mind.

    Check In after 11:00AM. Check out day by 11:00AM.

    Local activities include a, 18-hole golf course, Wolf Creek Trail offers walking, trail running, and mountain biking, Black River Coliseum has shows and events, 8-Showtimes AMC Classic Theaters, museums, antiques and more.

    The area offers rivers, springs, lakes, wildlife, and the Mark Twain National Forest. Our seasons offer brilliant spring and fall colors with winding scenic drives, and we provide year-round camping opportunities for everyone.

    Make us your Campground Headquarters and enjoy the area.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs

    $40 - $50 / night

  2. 7.

    Holliday Landing Campground & Marina

    7 Reviews
    41 Photos
    30 Saves
    Greenville, Missouri

    Holliday Landing is a fun family resort and marina located on sunny Lake Wappapello. Tucked in the Ozarks of southeastern Missouri, we offer everything you need to make your vacation a success! The resort is secluded enough to escape from your everyday life, yet conveniently located and easy to get to. We offer boat launching and camper parking assistance if needed. Whether you are looking for a relaxing, peaceful retreat or a fun, active family vacation, call Holliday Landing Resort& Marina for your next vacation or getaway! The campground offers daily cabins, camping spots, and marina slips. We also offer monthly rates for the campground & the marina.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs

    $30 - $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Ridge Campground — Lake Wappapello State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Ridge Campground — Lake Wappapello State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Ridge Campground — Lake Wappapello State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Ridge Campground — Lake Wappapello State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Ridge Campground — Lake Wappapello State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Ridge Campground — Lake Wappapello State Park

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    Ridge Campground — Lake Wappapello State Park

    7 Reviews
    36 Photos
    3 Saves
    Wappapello, Missouri

    Ridge Campground has family sites in addition to electric sites and accessible sites.

    Lake Wappapello State Park is the ideal vacation spot for a day or a week. The park offers a modern campground and cabins plus rustic camper cabins.

    Lake Wappapello State Park offers basic and electric campsites.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinewoods Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinewoods Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinewoods Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinewoods Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinewoods Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Pinewoods Lake Campground

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    Pinewoods Lake Campground

    15 Reviews
    59 Photos
    91 Saves
    Ellsinore, Missouri

    Overview

    Pinewoods Lake Recreation Area sits next to Pinewoods Lake in southeastern Missouri. It is an ideal location to enjoy lake fishing and scenic trails.

    Natural Features:

    The lake is located on the southeastern quadrant of the Mark Twain National Forest. The area is densely wooded.

    Recreation:

    A 1.3-mile walking trail surrounds the lake. Most of the trail has a concrete surface and is accessible. The entire trail is relatively flat, with no difficult sections. Circling the 32-acre lake, the trail provides views of the lake, songbirds and wildlife, and an abundance of wildflowers.

    The lake offers a floating fishing pier and a concrete boat ramp. Anglers can enjoy fishing for bass, sunfish and catfish.

    Facilities:

    The day-use picnic shelter can accommodate up to 75 people. It is equipped with tables and large grills. Accessible vault toilets are provided. Trash collection service is not available; visitors must carry out all garbage.

    Nearby Attractions:

    Ellsinore is the closest city to the campground, just 3 miles away, with a few dining options, a grocery store and fuel station.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $15 - $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Big Spring Campground — Ozark National Scenic Riverway
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Spring Campground — Ozark National Scenic Riverway
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Spring Campground — Ozark National Scenic Riverway
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Spring Campground — Ozark National Scenic Riverway
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Spring Campground — Ozark National Scenic Riverway
    Camper-submitted photo from Big Spring Campground — Ozark National Scenic Riverway

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    Big Spring Campground — Ozark National Scenic Riverway

    23 Reviews
    85 Photos
    86 Saves
    Van Buren, Missouri

    Overview

    In the rolling, forested landscape of Big Spring, two of America's most beautiful spring-fed rivers combine to make up the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. As the first national park area to protect a wild river system, visitors have plenty of scenic water activities to enjoy as well as hiking, horseback riding and wildlife viewing.

    Recreation

    The Current River flows past the campground, offering excellent canoeing, tubing, swimming and fishing. Over 130 miles (209 km) of waterways exist within the park. Canoe and kayak rentals and outfitters can be found nearby. Several miles of hiking and horseback riding trails crisscross the region, include the Alley Overlook Trail, Chubb Hollow Trail, Ozark Trail, Cave Spring Trail and Big Springs Trail.

    Facilities

    The Current River flows past the campground, offering excellent canoeing, tubing, swimming and fishing. Over 130 miles (209 km) of waterways exist within the park. Canoe and kayak rentals and outfitters can be found nearby. Several miles of hiking and horseback riding trails crisscross the region, include the Alley Overlook Trail, Chubb Hollow Trail, Ozark Trail, Cave Spring Trail and Big Springs Trail.

    Natural Features

    The Ozark National Scenic Riverways is known for its caves, springs, sinkholes and losing streams, and features over 300 identified caves within its boundaries. The caves range in size from a rock overhang to almost seven miles of identified passages. Eight caves, including an open sinkhole, have been designated as outstanding natural features. The Ozark forest is mostly White oak and Shortleaf pine, Missouri's only native pine species. Along the rivers, Sycamore, Cottonwood, River birch and maples are common. Redbud and dogwoods are also abundant, putting on a spectacular show during most spring months.

    Nearby Attractions

    Scenic Big Spring is the largest freshwater spring in North America and produces an outflow of 280 million gallons a day. Round Spring Cave is nearby, with ranger-guided tours offered daily during summer months. Historic and picturesque Alley Mill and Alley Spring are also nearby. The mill is open daily in the summer and ranger-guided tours are available upon request.

    contact_info

    This location is unstaffed. To speak with our main office for general information, please call: (573) 323-4236.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $30 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Wappapello, MO?

According to TheDyrt.com, Wappapello, MO offers a wide range of camping options, with 87 campgrounds and RV parks near Wappapello, MO and 6 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Wappapello, MO?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Wappapello, MO is Sam A. Baker State Park Campground with a 4.5-star rating from 47 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Wappapello, MO?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 6 free dispersed camping spots near Wappapello, MO.

What parks are near Wappapello, MO?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 12 parks near Wappapello, MO that allow camping, notably Ozark National Scenic Riverways and Mark Twain National Forest.