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Lake Wappapello
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Location Wayne / Butler counties, Missouri, United States
Coordinates 36°57′22″N 90°19′23″W / 36.956°N 90.323°W / 36.956; -90.323
Type reservoir
Primary inflows St. Francis River
Primary outflows St. Francis River
Basin countries United States
Surface elevation 358 feet (109 m)

Lake Wappapello is a reservoir on the St. Francis River, formed by Wappapello Dam (36°55′55″N 90°16′45″W / 36.93194°N 90.27917°W / 36.93194; -90.27917 (Wappapello Dam)). Created in 1941, this 8,400-acre (34 km2) lake is located 120 miles (190 km) south of St. Louis, Missouri. The reservoir lies mostly in Wayne County, but its southernmost reaches (near the dam) extend into northern Butler County, both in Missouri. Both the dam and reservoir are owned and operated for the public by the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

Its primary purpose is flood control, although it has been developed as a recreational area with ample opportunities to boat, fish, swim or camp. The fish population of the lake include white bass, largemouth bass, crappie, and bluegill. Lake Wappapello State Park is composed of territory on the southwestern side of the lake.

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