Poplar Bluff has been built around the natural splendor of the area and, thanks to local efforts, has retained much of its valuable resources. Residents and visitors are treated to the most impressive landscape in the Midwest. From dense forests and sprawling mountains to flowing rivers, the area has plenty to offer for both passive and active recreation.
Lake Wappapello, site of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is nestled in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains and offers special events and great recreation. With more than 44,000 acres of public land and water, there are many opportunities for hunting, fishing, camping, boating, swimming and picnicking.
The Ozark National Scenic Riverways is 134 miles of protected area where the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers converge. Forests line the riverways that are perfect for johnboating, canoeing, swimming, fishing and tubing.
The Mingo National Wildlife Refuge is the only large tract of bottomland forest left in the boot heel of Missouri. Originally designated as a shelter for migratory waterfowl (providing nesting and feeding to precious wildlife), the Refuge is now open for active recreations like hiking, canoeing and fishing, all the while enjoying the natural environment.