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Peoples Creek

Wappapello Lake



People's Creek Recreation Area offers a variety of activities and facilities to explore, such as swimming, boating, fishing, hunting, kayaking, biking and hiking. There are 57 campsites, a picnic shelter, beach, accessible fishing pier, and Lake View Trail for naturalists and adventurers to enjoy. Nearby attractions include the Pine Ridge Nature Trail, Wappapollo Wildflower Trail and Greenhouse, Mingo Wildlife Refuge, Lake Wappapello State Park, and Sam A. Baker State Park.


People's Creek Recreation Area, located in the southeastern Ozark foothills of Missouri, is a great launchpad for boating, fishing, swimming, hiking or simply exploring the Wappapello Lake area.
Completed in 1941, Wappapello Lake provides an estimated $3.9 million in annual flood protection to agricultural lands and developed areas along the St. Francis River. A peaceful cove offers endless recreation opportunities with 57 campsites, a picnic shelter, beach, accessible fishing pier, and Lake View Trail.
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People's Creek is ideally suited for swimming and boating activities. The lake is home to some of Missouri's most sought after game fish, including largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, white bass and channel catfish. Hunting, fishing and kayaking are popular activities year-round. Hiking and biking on one of the Lake's 9 trail systems provides opportunities for all ages and abilities. The new accessible Shell Lake Archery Trail is a unique destination for achery enthusiasts.


The day-use portion of People's Creek includes a two-lane boat ramp with courtesy dock, an accessible fishing pier, swimming beach and large picnic shelter. The campground portion has an upper and lower campground. The lower area offers 38 sites with 50-amp electric and water hookups. Peoples Creek Lower section is the only campground at Wappapepello Lake with waterfront campsites. A large sandy mooring area is available for campers. The upper area has 19 full-service campsites with 50-amp electric, water and sewer hookups.

Natural Features

Wappapello Lake stretches 8,400 acres on 45,000 acres of public land. Lightly wooded shorelines add shade to the scenic landscape.

Nearby Attractions

Explore the nearby Pine Ridge Nature trail, Shell Lake Archery Trail and Wappapllo Wildflower Trail and Greenhouse areas or St. Francis River. The Mingo Wildlife Refuge is approximately 11.5 miles from Peoples Creek Recreation Area. The Lake Wappapello State Park is approximately 18.2 miles away, and the Sam A. Baker State park is 33.4 miles away from Peoples Creek Recreation Area.


Between 09/23/2022 and 09/27/2022 this location is staffed. Please call (573) 222-8234 to speak with local staff. From 09/28/2022 to 04/06/2023 this location is unstaffed. Please call (573) 778-5404 for general information.
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Campground Matrix

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