Wappapello Lake – With hunting seasons fast approaching, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Wappapello Lake wants everyone to be safe when hunting public lands. With over 44,000 acres of public land and water, hunting opportunities abound. With that much land open to public hunting, some areas at the lake may have certain hunting restrictions for safety of visitors to recreation areas, youth camps, and residential areas that hunters need to be aware of.
As a general rule, hunting is prohibited within 500 feet of any developed recreation area, facility, parking area, trail, etc. at the lake. Areas of the lake that are closed to all hunting include the Lake Wappapello State Park (Department of Natural Resources), Moore’s Point Boy Scout Camp, Girl Scout Camp Latonka, Camp SEMO, and all public lands from Peoples Creek Recreation Area to Redman Creek Recreation Area in the dam area.
A new hunting zone map is available for those wishing to hunt on public lands near the Greenville Recreation Area now that it has been annexed into the Greenville City limits. A no hunting zone perimeter has been established around the recreation area which includes the campground and day use area. This boundary will be marked prior to firearms deer season with a combination of red paint and “No Hunting” signs. Other areas within city limits are archery hunting only with some areas near US Highway 67 designated as “No Hunting” and no hunting within 500 feet of the bike trail.
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During duck season, only archery hunting is permitted inside the boundaries of the Lost Creek and Asher Creek waterfowl refuges.
As a reminder, all non-licensed vehicles which includes all-terrain vehicles, golf carts, etc. are prohibited from operating on land and roads administered and maintained by the Corps of Engineers. Please familiarize yourself with the local, state, and federal regulations governing ATV use prior to your trip afield.
For more information on restricted hunting areas, ATV use, the Greenville hunting zones map, waterfowl refuge boundaries and other information about Wappapello Lake, like us on Facebook, go to our web page at http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/WappapelloLake.aspx or call the Management Office at 573-222-8562, call the 24-hour Recreation Hotline at 573-222-8139 or toll free at 1-877-LAKE-INFO.