|Parks and Recreation
After consistent flooding, on July 13, 1976, at 8:30 a.m., The Little Platte River was diverted from its normal course to permit construction of the Smithville Dam. By 1982, the lake was filled and was soon providing not only a water source for Kansas City, Missouri, but also a 7,000-acre recreational area for an estimated 1.9 million visitors each year. Smithville Lake has over 175 miles of shoreline offering excellent boating opportunities. There are two full-service marinas offering boat and slip rentals, bait, fuel, both patio and indoor dining and live entertainment. Slips, moorings and dry sail facilities may be rented through the Clay County Parks office. There are beach areas at both Little Platte and Camp Branch with plenty of room for water activities and sunbathing. Facilities include shower and changing rooms. The southern half of the lake basin is available for water skiing and innertubing on a year round basis. The fish are biting at Smithville Lake! Tiger musky, walleye, largemouth bass, crappie and several species of catfish were originally stocked.
Paradise Pointe Golf Complex
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, car rentals, banquet facilities and PGA pros. Paradise Pointe has recently estimated that the rounds of golf played on their two 18-hole golf courses exceeds 70,000 per year.
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.
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.
777 campsites surround Smithville Lake. Over one-third of the tent and R.V. sites have electrical hook-ups. Shower, laundry and other facilities are conveniently located. Group reservations are accepted by calling 816-532-0803.
Picnic Sites at Smithville Lake
200 individual picnic sites with 11 shelter houses are available for public use. Shelter house reservations are recommended. Call 816-532-0803.
Kelsey Short Youth Camp
A special group camping area is available at a nominal fee. Each group camping site has a shelter house, grill, and water and toilet facilities. A sand beach is available for the exclusive use of the youth campers.
In addition to all campground restrooms, Crows Creek Park offers a handicapped accessible fishing dock and picnic shelter. Call to reserve, 816-532-0803.
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.
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, softball and soccer fields. Vending and restroom facilities are also available. A grant for BMX bike trails has been received with completion expected by 2001 and a skateboard park is in future plans as well. Call 816-532-1023.
Heritage Park, located east of the Heritage District, downtown Smithville, includes 2 lighted baseball fields and 1 T-ball field, 2 lighted tennis courts, a large open area for various activities with picnic tables, 1 shelter house, a large playground, and a 1/2 mile paved walking trail with benches encircles the complex.
Located on DD Highway, this 10-acre reservoir offers bass, catfish, carp and walleye. You can get your fishing license at Smithville City Hall, 107 W. Main, 816-532-3897.
City Youth Sports
Youth sports organizations are well represented in the community, including T-ball/Baseball, Football, Basketball and Soccer. Call the Chamber of Commerce for specific information and contact phone numbers, 816-532-0946.