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Welcome to Smithville Lake

Agricultural Leasing
Interested in leasing crop or hay ground around Smithville Lake? If so, click the link below to print out a lease packet, call 816-532-0174, or stop by the Jerry Litton Visitor Center.
F.I.S.H - Friends Improving Smithville Habitat installed 75 large brush piles to benefit fish habitat.
2018 FISH Day
The 7th Annual FISH Day at Smithville Lake is scheduled for March 23rd at Crows Creek Boat Ramp. Call Eric Dennis with MDC at 816-271-3100 to register to volunteer for the event!
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Bald Eagle
Bald Eagles start to arrive at the lake as temperatures drop and geese start migrating south. You can often see Bald Eagles soaring over the lake or sitting on tree limbs near the shoreline.
Snow Geese
Snow Geese
Snow geese, canada geese, bald eagles, and a variety of ducks visit the lake every winter.
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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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.

Outdoor Recreation


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


Need to Know

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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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