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Description - Lake Wapello's 1,150 acres could easily be called the "country club" of Iowa's state parks. The beautiful wooded hillsides, shaded picnic areas and lake provide a quiet elegance which makes Lake Wapello one of southern Iowa's best-kept secrets. The beautiful lodge has been converted back into a restaurant. Enjoy the view of the lake and the excellent food when you come visit Lake Wapello State Park.

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The shaded and grassy picnic areas are attractive spots for leisurely outdoor meals as well as great views of Lake Wapello. An open picnic shelter is available in the "Smith Knoll" picnic area. The shelter may be reserved for a fee through the park manager.


The newly remodeled stone and timber 1930's beach building offers many visitor services including a seasonal restaurant serving a variety of foods, a lake observation deck, and restrooms. Beach users can purchase snacks and refreshments as well as bait and tackle at the concession area of the building. A portion of the building is available for rent if you wish to reserve a shady spot for a family gathering next to the beach. Contact the concessionaire at 641/722-3950 to reserve the shelter or to find out more about the restaurant.


Lake Wapello State Park will accommodate 89 camping units, 44 with electrical outlets. Modern shower and rest room facilities are available, as well as a trailer-dump station. The campground is located adjacent to the lake and offers a fine opportunity to "rough it" in the great outdoors. Camping permits are obtained through self-registration at the campground. Camping Fees can be paid at the site.

Family Cabins

Lake Wapello's 14 family cabins provide a wonderful opportunity for an Iowa vacation "get away." The cabins, which accommodate 4 people comfortably, feature rest room, shower, and cooking facilities. Renters must provide their own bedding, towels, toiletry items, dishes and pots and pans. The cabins are available for rental on a reservation basis through the park ranger. Cabin Rental Fees vary from park to park. Call 641/722-3950 for reservations.


Several miles of trails take you around the lake and through the park. Cross country skiing is a popular activity in the winter and there are several areas designated for cross country skiers. The park also offers multiple use trails for hiking and snowmobiling. A nature trail is located on the north side of the park.

Lake Activities ( boating, fishing)

Lake Wapello's beach offers opportunities for swimming and sunbathing. Refreshments are available at the beautiful stone and timber bathhouse. Boats may be rented at the concession area. Any size of boat motors may be operated at "no wake" speeds on the lake.

Bass (catch and release only), crappies, catfish and bluegills abound in the beautiful 289-acre artificial lake. Anglers have an excellent chance to go home with a fine catch.

Camp Wapello

The facilities of Camp Wapello, the former Boy Scout Area, are now owned by the Camp Wapello Preservation Group. There is a dining hall with cooking facilities, shower building, and 10 separate tent-oriented camping areas. For further details, contact the Camp Wapello Preservation Group at 1-800/684-4184.

Location - Bloomfield, the county seat of Davis County, is located 13 miles southeast of the park. Unionville is 6 miles west, and Drakesville is 6 miles east. The city of Ottumwa is located 30 miles north and east of Lake Wapello State Park.

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Contact Information:
Lake Wapello State Park, 15248 Campground Road , Drakesville, IA , 52552, Phone: 641/722-3371, Fax: 641/722-3384
, Lake_Wapello@dnr.state.ia.us

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