Camping enthusiasts will find that there is truly something for everyone at Wappapello Lake. Both traditional and primitive camping areas are available year-round. Facilities at the campgrounds differ and may include electrical hookups, showers, restrooms, grills, tables, drinking water and boat mooring areas. Camping is permitted up to fourteen days in a thirty consecutive day period at designated camping areas. Visitors possessing a valid America the Beautiful Senior Pass or Access Pass are entitled to a 50% discount on camping fees at federal campgrounds. Sites must be paid for either at the fee booth or online prior to setting up on the campsite. See each Campground for specific payment policies and locations. Check out time for all campsites is 4:00 p.m.
To make reservations go to Recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777. Camping reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance or same-day reservations are available during the recreation season. All campsites require a 2-night minimum stay on weekends. You can make up to 4 separate reservations at one time. Major credit cards are accepted.
Snow Creek Campground - has 9 non-electric sites, fire rings, a comfort station, showers and potable water is accessible. The fee to camp at this facility is $10 per night. A responsible person must register and pay for the site at the honor vault. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Chaonia Campground is open all year with a 14 day limit per stay.
Island Camping - Two large islands in the southern portion of the lake have six campsites. Each campsite is boat-in only and has a fire ring, lantern post and picnic table. The fee to camp at these sites is $10 per night. A responsible person must register and pay for the site online, at the Redman Creek fee booth or by using the honor vault at Rockwood Point Boat Ramp (during the off-season.) Campsites may be reserved (April - October) but may be used on a first come first serve basis, check-in is at Redman Fee Booth by 4:00pm. These sites are open all year with a 14 day limit per stay.
A northern primitive camping zone has been designated on all Corps public lands south of Hwy 34 to PA 34 (access north Greenville) on the east side of the St. Francis River and on all Corps public land on the west side, north of where Hwy FF intersects with Hwy 67. Camping is not allowed in the Missouri Department of Conservation Wildlife Area north of Hwy 34. Camping in these areas is free and available year round.
The southern primitive camping zone includes:
Areas within 100 feet of 19 designated parking areas south of U.S. Highway 67 with no facilities.
Blue Springs and Lost Creek Landing parking areas with grills.
Sulphur Springs and Possum Creek parking areas with grills and a vault restroom.
Johnson Tract Natural Area with two backpacking sites with grills.
Within 100 feet of the Ozark Trail in areas south of Hwy 67. Primitive campers are required to register at either the Wappapello Lake Project Office, the Greenville or Redman Creek fee booths.