Tywappity Community Lake

Driving Directions

From Chaffee, take Route A east to Route RA, which leads to the lake.


Facilities/features: boat ramp, picnic area, pavilion, disabled-accessible floating fishing dock, Tywappity Community Lake (37 acres), and 2.50 mile hiking trail.

About This Area

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.

Management of the area is directed toward protecting the watershed and providing recreational facilities. A large grassy area near the lake has a pavilion, grills, and picnic tables. A boat ramp and privies are also provided.

General Information




Owned by MDC

  • GPS COORDINATES N 37 DEG 11.263 W 089 DEG 38.359

(Activity Explanations)
(Population Definition)
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.  

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Conservation Department Facilities
Facility Item Name Count Comments
Boat Ramp - Lake - Concrete   Single 16' wide to Tywappity Community Lake.  
Dock - Boat/Courtesy   Floating courtesy dock is adjacent to boat ramp. It has a 25' long x 4' wide walkway and a 16' long x 6' wide dock.  
Dock - Fishingaccessible  This covered dock has a fish cleaning station. 
Parking Lotaccessible  Asphalt with stripes. 
Pavilionaccessible  Contains four picnic tables and two BBQ grills. 
Picnic Table  10   
Privy/Restroomaccessible  Concrete with aggregate stone sides. Does not have flush toilet or running water. 

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Feature Item Name Count Size Comments
Fishing Lake or Pond Tywappity Community Lake 37.00 acres  

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Land Cover Types
Land Type Acres Comments
Lakes/Ponds 37.00  
Forest and Woodland 82.60  
Total Area Acres:119.60 

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Designated Trails
Trail Name Trail Type Length
Tywappity Trail (Easy) Hiking (Non-Interpretive) 2.50 

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Shooting Range General Information

This area has no shooting ranges.

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