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Welcome to Smithville Lake

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.
We are taking precautions and have closed our Visitor Center effective March 13, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide timely updates regarding other potential facility closures at our lakes on our websites and/or social sites.
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.
Snow geese, canada geese, bald eagles, and a variety of ducks visit the lake every winter.
Don't forget to wear your life jacket when boating on the lake!
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.

Lake Information

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Contact Smithville

***The Jerry Litton Visitor Center will be closed to the public until further notice as a health 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

 

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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 (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

Corps-managed campgrounds begin orderly shutdown
3/20/2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As America confronts the challenges of Coronavirus disease 2019, protecting the health and safety of the recreating public, volunteers and our government personnel is our highest...
Corps of Engineers taking precautions, Visitor Centers closed
3/13/2020
Due to health precautions regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), all Kansas City District Visitor Centers are closed. Safety is our number one priority. Nothing is more important than the safety of our...

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