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CAUTION!!!   ATTENTION BOATERS:

Smithville Lake is 2 feet 11 inches below normal pool which is abnormally low for this time of year due to the drought. The lake level continues to slowly drop due to evaporation and water supply.  The low water levels present a danger to boaters as submerged hazards are now close to the surface. Boat operators should exercise extreme caution at all times while underway on the lake.   

Daily lake levels can be found in the Hot Info bar above.

Always wear your life jacket! Click to view low-water boating tips. 

Information updated as of August 15, 2018.

Welcome to Smithville Lake

It's important for all visitors to understand the lake and risks associated with recreating in low water. Obey buoys and understand they do not mark all low-water areas. Slow down. What may have been a fun, safe route for boating in the past years may not be now as low water levels present a danger for striking normally submerged hazards such as trees and rocks.
Not all low-water areas are marked - please pay attention
It's important for all visitors to understand the lake and risks associated with recreating in low water. Obey buoys and understand they do not mark all low-water areas. Slow down. What may have been a fun, safe route for boating in the past years may not be now as low water levels present a danger for striking normally submerged hazards such as trees and rocks.
The lake level continues to slowly drop due to evaporation, water supply and no additional inflow due to drought conditions within the Smithville Lake watershed counties of Clinton, Clay, and DeKalb. It's important for all visitors to understand the lake and risks associated with recreating in low water.
Low Water Boating Tips
The lake level continues to slowly drop due to evaporation, water supply and no additional inflow due to drought conditions within the Smithville Lake watershed counties of Clinton, Clay, and DeKalb. It's important for all visitors to understand the lake and risks associated with recreating in low water.
Attention boaters! Check out the new SOBOS mobile app providing info about normal, non-accident based recreational boaters designed to reduce recreational boating accidents. 
Learn more online at https://www.sobos.org/.
Self-Reported On-Water Boat Operator Survey
Attention boaters! Check out the new SOBOS mobile app providing info about normal, non-accident based recreational boaters designed to reduce recreational boating accidents. Learn more online at https://www.sobos.org/.
Hot conditions & low water levels can contribute to the formation of Blue-Green Algae. Visitors should familiarize themselves with this toxic algae that appears as a film or scum on the water surface. It may look like green paint has been spilled on the water. If you suspect a bloom is Blue-Green Algae, please contact us at 816-532-0174.
Watch for Blue Green Algae in hot conditions
Hot conditions & low water levels can contribute to the formation of Blue-Green Algae. Visitors should familiarize themselves with this toxic algae that appears as a film or scum on the water surface. It may look like green paint has been spilled on the water. If you suspect a bloom is Blue-Green Algae, please contact us at 816-532-0174.
The Jerry Litton Visitor Center will be closed as of noon on January 22, 2018 as a result of the Government shutdown. Clay County Parks and the City of Smithville leased areas will remain open.
Lake View Shelter
Lake View Shelter is located near the Jerry Litton Visitor Center. It is available for use first come first served, or a non-refundable $50 reservation fee. Contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 816-532-0174 for additional information.
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Sunset on Smithville Lake
As the sun sets on Smithville Lake, don't forget to turn on your boats navigation lights.
Prevent the transport of nuisance species. Clean all recreational equipment.
Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers
Zebra mussels have been confirmed at Smithville Lake. Prevent the transport of nuisance species. Clean all recreational equipment. Click the link below to learn more.
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Birds at Smithville Lake
Pelicans and cormorants are common around Smithville Lake on their migration through the area.
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2018 FISH Day
The 7th Annual FISH Day at Smithville Lake was held on March 23rd at Crows Creek Boat Ramp. USACE, MDC, Clay County Parks, and Burtons Bait & Tackle installed 65 brush piles in the lake. GPS coordinates and maps are listed at the link below.
Water Safety
Don't forget to wear your life jacket when boating on the lake!
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New Senior Passes Now Available
America the Beautiful National Parks and Recreational Lands Interagency Senior Passes are available for purchase at the Smithville Lake Visitor Center. Senior lifetime passes are now $80.00. Senior annual passes are now $20.00.

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Contact Smithville

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Jerry Litton Visitor Center

16311 County Rd DD
Smithville, MO 64089

Phone: 816-532-0174

Email: Smithville@usace.army.mil

 

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Vistor Center:

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday through Friday during October to March

7 days per week during April to September

 

Annual Pass - Available to everyone - $80

Free Annual Pass for U.S. Military - Available to current U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard and also, Reserve and National Guard members. Must be obtained in person by showing a Common Access Card or Military ID (Form 1173).

Annual 4th Grade Pass - Available to U.S. 4th graders (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age) with a valid Every Kid in a Park paper pass. The Pass is valid for the duration of the 4th grade school year through the following summer (September-August). Paper passes can be obtained by visiting the Every Kid in a Park website (http://store.usgs.gov.pass/PassIssuanceList.pdf). Digital version of the paper pass will not be accepted to exchange for an Annual 4th Grade Pass.

Senior Pass - U.S. Citizens or Permanent residents age 62 or over. - $10

Access Pass - For U. S. Citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. - Free - Applicants must provide documentation of permanent disability and residency or citizenship.

Volunteer Pass - For volunteers with 250 service hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program.

 

America the Beautiful (ATB) passes are sold at Smithville and Longview Project Offices as federal visitor centers.  NOTE: Smithville, Longview and Blue Springs Lakes camping and day use areas DO NOT honor the ATB passes as they are operated by County and City agencies under cost-shared lease agreements. Please check local websites for Clay County Missouri, City of Smithville Missouri and Jackson County Missouri for any discounts offered outside the federal pass program.

 

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