Tywappity Community Lake

Tywappity Community Lake is located in Scott County, near the towns of Cape Girardeau, Chaffee, Scott City, Benton, and Oran. The Conservation Department acquired the property for the lake in 1957 from several local landowners.

The area now consists of 147 acres of woodland and 37 acres of surface water. Memphis silt loam soils predominate here and support a wide variety of tree, shrub and plant life, which in turn, helps support a diversity of wildlife.

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Latitude: 37.186828 Longitude: -89.638739 Elevation: 394 ft

Recreational Opportunities

Bird Watching Get the Audubon Society of Missouri Conservation Area Bird List.
Camping - Walk-in/Float-in/Backpack Seasonal closures may apply.
Fishing - Bass Good population.
Fishing - Catfish Good population.
Fishing - Crappie Fair population.
Fishing - Sunfish Good population.
Hiking Tywappity trail (2.50 miles) takes hikers around the lake.

Seasons Accessible

Open for public use from 4 a.m. To 10 p.m.; hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, dog training, launching and landing boats is allowed 24 hours a day on areas where these activities are permitted.


There are no fees for using Missouri conservation areas. These areas are funded by the 1/8th of 1% Conservation State Sales Tax.

Accessibility Notes

Wheelchair accessible 

Boat Ramp - Lake - Concrete Dock 

Boat/Courtesy 1 Floating courtesy dock is adjacent to boat ramp.

Dock - Fishing

Fish cleaning station.  

Parking Lot


Picnic Tables

Privy / Restrooms

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets and hunting dogs are permitted but must be on a leash or confined at all times. Hunting and dog training is prohibited on this area.

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