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.
Wappapello Lake stretches 8,400 acres on 45,000 acres of public land. Lightly wooded shorelines add shade to the scenic landscape.
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. Hunters can find game like white-tailed deer, quail, doves and rabbits.
The day-use portion of People's Creek includes a two-lane boat ramp with loading dock, an accessible fishing pier, swimming beach and large picnic shelter.
The campground portion has an upper and lower campground. The lower area offers 38 sites with 50-amp electric and water hookups. The upper area has 19 full-service campsites with 50-amp electric, water and sewer hookups.
Explore Lake Wappapello State Park or hike the 33-mile Ozark Trail, which begins just south of Sam A. Baker State Park and winds along the west side of the St. Francis River and Wappapello Lake.
10992 HIGHWAY T
; Project Office (573) 222-8562; Park Ranger (573) 778-5404.
The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.
- Kids to Parks Day: Numerous water safety games and activities are conducted. Games for all ages such as the sack race, hypothermia game, and always exciting Tug-O-War will be available. For the younger kids there will be the Bean Bag Toss and Ring Toss as well. There will also be Hillbilly Golf and Washers to test one’s skills. A water safety tent will be present with informative brochures about Wappapello along with information on water safety featuring a wide assortment of types/styles of life jackets available to view. Activities/Games will run from 10 AM -2 PM. Free to attend. on May 16 2015
- Kids Outdoor Fun Day
Many activities will be happening during this half day celebration. Children's games and information booths will be located at the Lost Creek Recreation Area off CR 523. This event includes not only fishing activities, but also archery and pellet gun shooting. Free to attend. on Jun 20 2015
- Ranger Willie's Wet and Wild Waterfest
A variety of family oriented water safety games and activities such as tug of war, PFD fashion show, O.H.I.O. Challenge, canoe/inner tube racing, cardboard boat building/racing, sand sculpturing and much more will be held at the Redman Creek Beach Area. Free to attend. on Jul 04 2015
- 6th Annual Classic Amphibious Triathlon (ACAT)
This event is held on the 4th Saturday in August at the Redman Creek Recreation Area. It consists of swimming, cycling, and running. Participants can be individuals or teams with various age categories. This sanctioned event is done in partnership with the SEMO Regional Water Safety Council. on Aug 22 2015
- Annual 25 Mile Labor Day Weekend Yard Sale
During this holiday weekend, the community pulls together by conducting a 25 mile stretch yard sale Friday through Monday along State Highway T and D at Wappapello Lake. Free setup is allowed on the grounds of the Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center via a Special Use Permit. from Sep 04 2015 to Sep 07 2015
- Wappapello Outdoors Opportunity for Disabled Sportsman (W.O.O.D.S.)
This event held at Redman Creek Recreation Area consists of a variety of recreational activities for the mentally and physically challenged. Examples are: boat rides, fishing, archery and pellet shoot, dutch oven cooking, etc... Free to attend. on Sep 12 2015
- 24th Annual Old Greenville Days
Living history of the 1900's. This event held at the Greenville Recreation Area consists of arts/crafts, rendezvous living history, live musical entertainment (bluegrass, country, gospel, clogging, etc...) and food. Free to attend. from Sep 19 2015 to Sep 20 2015
- National Public Lands Day (NPLD)
Groups, organizations and individuals volunteer to help conduct trail maintenance and cleanup along the shoreline and designated roadways at Wappapello Lake. Check in at the Redman Creek Recreation Area. Free to attend. on Sep 26 2015
- Annual Mobility Impaired Deer Hunt
Qualified mobility impaired individuals may put in an application for a drawing to be considered for this hunt. If approved by the Missouri Department of Conservation, this event will be from from Oct 17 2015 to Oct 18 2015
- 23rd Annual Festival of Lights Auto Tour: This Festival of Lights Christmas Auto Tour is held in the Redman Creek East Campground. Businesses, groups, organizations and individuals are encouraged to decorate a campsite. Campsite setup and tour is free. from Nov 27 2015 to Dec 27 2015