Guide to activities at Smithville Lake

Boating - Smithville Lake has over 175 miles of shoreline offering excellent boating opportunities. Boats are available for rent at the two full-service marinas located on the lake. Five multi-lane boat launch ramps and excellent parking for trailers ensure easy accessibility to all parts of this 7,200 acre lake.

Marinas - Two full-service marinas offer boat and slip rentals, bait, fuel, refreshments and equipment sales. Patio and indoor dining is also available.

Sailboating - Slips, moorings and dry sail facilities may be rented through the Clay County Parks office. A special sailboat launching area is available for the exclusive use of sailboaters. In addition, shower facilities are conveniently located nearby. For more information, call 816-532-0803.

Golfing - Located along the shores of beautiful Smithville Lake is the 36-hole Paradise Pointe Golf Complex. Featuring two 18-hole championship golf courses, this public golf complex offers an outstanding links experience on zoysia and bluegrass fairways against the dramatic backdrop of panoramic lake views. At the clubhouse you will find a full-line discount pro shop, refreshments, equipment sales, cart rentals, banquet facilities and PGA pros.

Trapshooting Park - The Kansas City Trapshooters Association is open to the public and is home to the finest trap and skeet shooting in the midwest. There are 12 trap shooting pads, 2 skeet houses and a clubhouse.

Hunting - Almost half of the public properties at Smithville Lake are open to hunting, under normal state seasons and guidelines. Areas marked as “Wildlife Management Areas” are open year round. In addition, areas marked “Waterfowl Refuge" are open to hunting, fishing, and trapping mid-January through mid-October. Contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 816-532-0174 for specific dates.

Swimming Beaches - Beach areas are located at both Little Platte and Camp branch with plenty of room for water activities and sunbathing. Facilities include shower and changing rooms.

Water Skiing and Innertubing - The southern half of the lake basin is available for water skiing and innertubing on a year round basis. Water skiing and innertubing are confined to the area south of the Highway W bridge and west of Camp Branch bridge.

Camping - 777 camp sites have electrical hook-ups. Shower, laundry and other facilities are conveniently located. Group reservations are accepted by calling 816-532-0803.

Fishing - The fish are biting at Smithville Lake! Tiger musky, walleye, largemouth bass, crappie and several species of catfish were originally stocked.

Kelsey Short Youth Camp - A special youth group camping area is available at a nominal fee. Each group camping site has a shelter house, grills, water and toilet facilities. A sand beach is available for the exclusive use of the youth campers.

Handicap Accessible - In addition to all campground restrooms, Crows Creek Park offers a handicapped accessible fishing dock and picnic shelter. Call to reserve. 816-532-0803

Riding/Hiking Trails - There are three horseback riding and hiking trails for your enjoyment. Call the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 816-532-0174 for more information.

Jerry L. Litton Visitor Center - Learn more about Smithville Lake and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects. The Center is named for Missouri’s late 6th District Congressman and offers exhibits portraying Mr. Litton’s life and his contributions to society. Open 8 am to 4 pm, Monday thru Friday; Saturdays and Sundays during summer. No admission fee. For information: 816-532-0174.

Smith’s Fork Park - Located below the dam, the park is operated by the City of Smithville and offers a wide variety of recreation facilities: camping, fishing, picnic area, amphitheater, softball and soccer fields, go-carts, batting cages and an archery range. Concessions and restroom facilities are also available. Call 816-532-1023.