Smithville Lake, MO: Camping, Fishing, Equestrian & Hiking Destination
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Smithville Lake

Enjoy the outdoors at Smithville Lake! With an abundance of options outdoor adventures, there’s never a shortage of fun to be had at the lake! Visit one of the park’s two swim beach—Camp Branch Beach or Little Platte Beach (open from 8:30 am to sunset May 1st through September 15th).

Whether you’re interested in swimming, biking, hiking, camping, horse-back riding, fishing, boating, or kayaking, Smithville Lake has just what you need to make your perfect outdoor adventure.

About the lake: Smithville Lake is a 7,200 acre lake and has more than 175 miles of shoreline. Located just 20 miles from downtown Kansas City, there are several recreational opportunities available to the outdoor enthusiast that include: 2 swim beaches, 777 campsites, reservable shelters, 2 full service marinas including boat rentals, 1 sailboat only marina, 2 public 18-hole golf courses within the Paradise Pointe Golf Complex, 4 disc golf courses, great fishing whether from shore or by boat, 25 miles of walking/biking trails, 11 miles of single-track mountain biking trails, 26 miles of equestrian trails, home to Kansas City Trapshooters Association, public hunting that includes managed goose hunts as well as youth and ADA white-tail deer and wild turkey hunts, and an aggressive 2,300 acre native grassland revitalization project.

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Smithville Lake campgrounds offer unimproved, electric, and electric & water campsites. Sites are available at the Camp Branch and Crow’s Creek Campgrounds.

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The Westward Trailways is Smithville Lake's expansive tract of equestrian/primitive trails on the southeast side of the lake.

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Boating & Fishing

Smithville Lake offers scenic opportunities for boaters. Smithville Lake provides a plentiful variety of fish along with two full service marinas, boat rental options, and much more!

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Hiking & Biking

With an exciting collection of trails with varying degrees of difficulty, Smithville Lake is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors.

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