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Swimming Beaches

Clay County Parks Department operates and maintains two public swim beaches at Smithville Lake. The beaches are located within Camp Branch and Little Platte Parks.

Both beaches are open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to sunset starting May 1 and remain open until September 15th.

Facilities include showers, changing rooms, rest rooms, and drinking fountain.

There is no lifeguard on duty.

Pets, glass containers, and alcoholic beverages are not permitted.


Camp Branch Beach - map

Camp Branch Beach is located on the east side of the lake within Camp Branch Park across the parking lot from the Main Park Office, Camp Branch Marina and Boat Launch.

In addition to access by vehicle, Camp Branch Beach is also accessible from Camp Branch Campground via Bonebender Trail. 

Little Platte Beach - map

Little Platte beach is located within Little Platte Park on the west side of the lake and is accessed from 180th Street. Access is by vehicle and via the new Little Platte Trail.

Nearby park attractions include: Paradise Pointe Marina, Paradise Pointe Golf Complex and Historical Sites - Woodhenge and Akers Cemetary.