US Army Corps of Engineers
Kansas City District Website

Welcome to Smithville Lake

We conduct a two-foot drawdown bringing Smithville Lake to 862.20 mean sea level each December and hold it at that level through Apr. 15. This action will start a little sooner in 2020 to allow construction crews to work quickly and safely without the need to demobilize for spillway releases early in the project.
Obey all navigation rules established in your state. Pay attention to and follow all regulatory buoys and be aware of lake conditions.
Drowning is the nation’s second leading cause of accidental death. Many people overestimate their swimming ability and swim beyond their limits.
Follow CDC guidelines, even when outdoors. We are not staffed to maintain/clean lake & park areas. Be cautious about touching anything. Sanitize and wash often. Practice social distancing.
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.
Pelicans and cormorants are common around Smithville Lake on their migration through the area.
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.

Outdoor Recreation

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Boating
water fall
aquatic plants
Aquatic plants
Horse riders
scenic overlook
Sailboat
Turkey
Aquatic plants
mallard ducks
geese
Boating
lake cleanup day
geese
snow geese
boating
Kayaker
View of Lake
Sunset
Water Trail
Snow Geese
Canada Geese
Golfing
Evening Fishing
Fishing
Crappie Fishing
Camping
Hiking Trails
Hiking/Biking Trails
Camp Branch Marina
Swim Beach
Lake Sunset
young whitetail
4 deer
Deer
Agricultural Leases
Lake Cleanup Day
Boating
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Buck in the woods
Boating
Horseback Riders
Deer at the lake
Girl at the Beach
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Melvern Lake Sunset
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Contact Smithville

***The Jerry Litton Visitor Center is closed to the public until further notice as a health and safety precaution due to COVID-19. Check back for updates***

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:

 

***The Jerry Litton Visitor Center will be closed to the public until further notice as a health and safety precaution due to COVID-19. Check back for updates***

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Monday through Friday beginning September 15 through mid-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 (https://www.nationalparks.org/our-work/campaigns-initiatives/every-kid-park). 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 (Must bring ID for proof of age). - Annual-$20  Lifetime-$80

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 at 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.

Smithville Lake News Releases

Don’t end this summer as a number
9/2/2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As we close out the warm summer months this Labor Day weekend the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District encourages you to not end this summer as a statistic and to...
Corps announces temporary closure at Tuttle Creek Cove Park
8/14/2020
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District, has awarded a contract at Tuttle Creek Lake to K & K Industries, Inc., Junction City, Kan. for repair of the Tuttle Creek Cove...
Camp Branch swim beach closed at Smithville Lake for precautionary measure
7/20/2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo. –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District identified a potential toxic blue green algae bloom at Smithville Lake near Camp Branch swim beach. As a precautionary measure,...

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