US Army Corps of Engineers
Kansas City District

Welcome to Smithville Lake

For the 30th year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Smithville Lake hosted what’s known as the world’s largest managed deer hunt for mobility-impaired hunters. During this two-day event, 60 hunting blinds are set up across 3,800 acres of prime ground, not available for public hunting. Along with a volunteer, these hunters seek out the best spot near daybreak and wait out their target.
Eagle Days at Smithville Lake will we held January 4 and 5, 2020. The two-day event is highlighted by live predatory bird programs by Operation Wildlife on Saturday at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. at the Paradise Pointe Golf Course Complex in Smithville, Mo. Kids’ crafts and other vendors will participate Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m.to 3:30 p.m. Eagle viewing stations with spotting scopes and agency personnel will be available to help visitor's view live eagles in the wild. Photo by Derek R. Dorsey.
It's important to understand and follow all state and federal hunting regulations. Look online or call our offices to know before you go.
Expect the unexpected! Always practice safe hunting. Before you set foot in the field make sure you have all the proper safety equipment and double check to ensure it is in safe working order. When hunting from a tree stand you should always wear a harness and #stayconnected.
Honker Cove Waterfowl Refuge will be closed October 15 - January 31 to all hunting, boating, fishing, and trapping.
Hunters may use deer stands on the public hunting ground. However, screw-in steps, nails, and tree cutting is strictly prohibited. Deer stands have to be labeled with the owners name, phone number, and conservation number. Know your boundaries! Consult the lake map or pick one up at the Jerry Litton Visitor Center.
Snow geese, canada geese, bald eagles, and a variety of ducks visit the lake every winter.
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.
As the sun sets on Smithville Lake, don't forget to turn on your boats navigation lights.
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/.

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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

 

Need to Know

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Vistor Center:

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 (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 (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

Corps of Engineers to host 25th Eagle Days event at Smithville Lake
12/4/2019
SMITHVILLE, Mo.— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the public to Smithville Lake’s 25th Annual Eagle Days in Smithville, Mo., Jan. 4 and 5, 2020.The two-day event is highlighted by live...
Army Corps of Engineers waives day use fees at recreation areas in observance of Veterans Day
11/6/2019
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today that it will waive day use fees at its more than 2,850 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide in observance of Veterans Day, November 11....
30th Annual Managed deer hunt scheduled at Smithville Lake
11/5/2019
SMITHVILLE, Mo. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Smithville Lake will celebrate its 30th year hosting a special deer hunt for disabled hunters Nov. 23 and 24. All hiking and biking trails at...

 

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