Wappapello Lake maintains an on-going and extensive Customer Services Program. Public education, safety programs, nature walks, gatehouse tours, campground and special request programs are designed to increase the public's understanding of the role of the Corps of Engineers. Interpretive programs are also conducted off-site for groups, organizations and businesses. Program subject matter includes Corps of Engineers Mission, water safety, environmental stewardship and awareness, natural resources management and recreation.
The Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center is located at the south end of the Dam and is open March 24, 2018 - May 20, 2018, Saturday and Sunday only from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 20 - September 3, 2018, Sunday thru Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and September 8 - October 28, 2018, Saturday and Sunday only from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This information center is staffed by volunteers who are familiar with the area and can answer most questions. While your there, please check out the new walking trail and exhibits.
Wappapello Lake, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Conservation, provides Missouri certified Hunter Education Courses at the Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center in March and September.
Water Safety Programs are conducted to help safety at the three beaches. They are conducted on weekends, Memorial Day through Labor Day and are available upon special request.
Natural Resources Management topics are presented to schools and a variety of groups to inform individuals of management techniques as well as the diversity of wildlife and opportunities found at Wappapello Lake.
Many Interpretive Services Programs are conducted for students throughout the school year and during the summer. These programs include but are not limited to water safety, featuring Ranger Willie B. Safe, wetlands and animal adaptations. Programs can also be developed to fit a classroom's individual curriculum upon request.