Welcome to Smithville Lake

Honker Cove Waterfowl Refuge will be closed October 15 - January 31 to all hunting, boating, fishing, and trapping.
It's important to understand and follow all state and federal hunting regulations. Look online or call our offices to know before you go.
Permits for permanent hunting blinds will not be issued. Hunters may still utilize the public hunting ground and the portions of the lake that are open to hunting. Temporary blinds may be used for the day as long as they are removed at the end of each day.
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.
Pelicans and cormorants are common around Smithville Lake on their migration through the area.
It's important for all visitors to understand the lake and risks associated with recreating on the lake. Obey buoys and understand that not all hazards on the lake are marked with buoys or are they visible. Slow down. What may have been a safe route for boating in the past years may not be now as low water levels present a danger for striking normally submerged hazards such as trees and rocks.
We are taking precautions and have closed our Visitor Center effective July 30, 2021. 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.
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.

Outdoor Recreation



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

***The Jerry Litton Visitor Center is closed to the public as of July 30, 2021 until further notice due to COVID-19***

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

Military 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).

Veteran Pass for U.S. Military Veterans-Available to Veterans who provide ID and one of the following: Department of Defense ID Card, Veteran Health Identification Card, Veteran ID Card, or Veteran's designation on a State-issued driver's license or identification card.

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 or Lifetime-$80

Access Pass - For U. S. Citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. - Free - Applicants must provide one of these documents: Notice of Award (SSDI), Summary of Benefits (VA), or Award Letter (VA).

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.

In response to illegal activity at a number of our public access points, we have posted area closure signs at these parking areas that state:

Notice: Area Closed 10pm to 6am Except for Permitted Uses

These parking areas are closed to any activity other than hunting or fishing with users possessing valid, state-issued hunting and/or fishing permits.

***These closures only apply to the numbered Public Access Point Parking areas as shown on the Smithville Lake Map as yellow numbered circles***

Operation of Drones and Light Aircraft are prohibited on all Corps of Engineers property by Title 36 Section 327.4

This is because our reservoirs fall under the category of critical infrastructure. We are working with the FAA to update their mapping products to incorporate Corps lands as No Fly Zones.

Many lakes have designated areas for Remote Controlled Airplanes such as the Dambusters at Smithville Lake that may allow drone use on their leased area. Contact Dambusters for more information at 816-343-4104.

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