Winter Drawdown Scheduled at Wappapello Lake

Published Jan. 1, 2018

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Wappapello Lake will begin annual winter drawdown from recreation pool to conservation pool starting December 15, 2017. In accordance with our water control plan, the pool is drawn down five feet, from 359.74 feet relevant to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD) to 354.74 feet NGVD. Conservation pool lasts until late March, which allows for additional storage of winter and spring precipitation. Beginning near the first of April 2018, the lake level will be gradually raised until recreation pool is reached near the first of May. During conservation pool, boaters are urged to use caution when on the lake. Mud flats and tree stumps may be exposed or are just under the water surface. To aid in navigation, the old St. Francis River channel is marked with red and white vertically striped buoys from Wappapello Dam to Chaonia Landing. Between Chaonia Landing and Sulpher Springs there are nine "arrow" signs which help direct boaters in the direction of the river channel.

Persons with permitted floating duck blinds on the lake are also reminded to keep watch on levels, especially those in coves or other shallow areas. Blinds are to be removed from the lake or moored in designated storage coves no later than January 22, 2018. If you have questions concerning the annual winter drawdown or other topics, please contact the Wappapello Lake Management Office at (573) 222-8562.

Doug Nichols
(573) 222-8562
10992 Hwy T, Wappapello MO 63966

Release no. 18-004