Wappapello Lake is one of over 400 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects located across the United States. This 44,000 acre project offers the public a wide variety of outdoor recreation activities while still serving its purpose as a public-owned flood risk management reservoir within the St. Francis River Basin. Currently, lake staff manages a variety of habitation across 36,000 acres of land while the remaining 8,000 acres are covered by lake waters. Approximately 3,000 of those acres are utilized for open land management such as row crops and food plot plantings, successional mowing and discing, prescribed burning and managed wetlands. The remaining 32,000 acres are forested areas that highlight the unique hunting and hiking experience of the Ozark Region. Natural Resources management personnel have recently implemented a timber management program with goals of improving the reservoir watershed habitats through best management practices that reduce erosion, regenerate forests and promote forest tree and shrub species that benefit wildlife.