LAKE WAPELLO STATE PARK
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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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 can be reserved for a fee through the Internet at www.reserveiaparks.com or by calling toll-free 1-877-IAPARKS.
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. Starting February 13, 2006 advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available for self-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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 park office at 641/722-3371 to reserve the shelter or to find out more about the restaurant.
1. Lake Wapello State Park offers a sandy beach for swimming.
2. Lifeguards are not provided, so swim at your own risk.
3. Swimming is allowed during daylight hours only.
4. The lake's water quality is regularly monitored to ensure safety for swimmers.
5. There are no fees or permits required for swimming in the park's waters.
The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. There is a boat ramp available, making it easy to launch your own vessel onto the lake. Motorized boats are allowed but must adhere to no-wake speeds at all times in order to maintain peace and safety within the area. Paddleboats, canoes and kayaks are also welcome on the water body providing an opportunity for more leisurely exploration or fishing activities.
Anglers can enjoy fishing in a 289-acre lake, home to largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish. There's also an accessible pier for those with mobility issues. Ice fishing is popular during winter months. A fish cleaning station is available for convenience after the catch.