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Smithville Reservoir, Missouri

Free Public Boating & Watersport Activities

Nestled amidst the picturesque landscape of Missouri, Smithville Reservoir is a captivating destination for boating enthusiasts seeking an idyllic escape on the water. With its expansive surface covering around 7,190 acres, the lake offers ample space for boating adventures and is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.

Boating at Smithville Reservoir is a delightful experience, as the lake provides convenient boat launch ramps that make getting out on the water a breeze. Whether visitors have their own boats or prefer to rent, the lake offers rental boats by the hour or the day, catering to every boater's needs.

The marina at Smithville Reservoir serves as a central hub for boaters, offering a range of amenities and services. Boaters can refuel, stock up on supplies, and gather with fellow enthusiasts to share their adventures and experiences.

For thrill-seekers and water sports enthusiasts, Smithville Reservoir is a haven of excitement. The lake welcomes popular water sports such as water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing, providing a fun-filled atmosphere for those seeking an adrenaline rush on the water.

The boating season at Smithville Reservoir typically spans from spring to fall, offering ample time for visitors to embrace the changing seasons while enjoying their boating escapades. The lake's serene beauty and inviting climate make it an excellent destination for families, friends, and solo travelers to unwind and immerse themselves in nature.

Fishing enthusiasts will find pleasure in Smithville Reservoir's abundant fish population, including species like bass, crappie, catfish, and more. The lake's diverse fishery ensures that anglers will have rewarding and memorable fishing experiences.

For those looking to extend their stay, camping facilities near the lake offer a chance to connect with nature and savor tranquil evenings by the water. Camping amidst the natural splendor of Smithville Reservoir is an excellent way to relax, rejuvenate, and create cherished memories with loved ones.

Smithville Reservoir in Missouri beckons boating enthusiasts with its boat launch ramps, marina, rental boats, and an array of popular water sports. The lake's allure, coupled with its excellent fishing and camping opportunities, guarantees that visitors will find joy in exploring its scenic waters and surrounding beauty.

Boating, camping and fishing.

A boating paradise, Smithville Lake is located an easy 30 minutes from Kansas City. At 7,200 acres the lake offers excellent boating, water skiing, fishing, sightseeing and other outdoor recreation. Wander the 175 miles of shoreline for fishing, hiking, camping, picnics and family outings. A marina and public boat launch ramps provide services for the boating public. Crappie is the main attraction here, but you can also fish for bass, catfish, bluegill, tiger muskie, walleye and sunfish.

Area Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES


Crows Creek Campground - 816 407-3400

Crows Creek Park Campground - 816 532-4977

Camp Branch-Clay County Campground - 816 407-3400

Kelsey Short Youth Camp Campground - 816 407-3400

Smithville Lake Map


Fish species found in Smithville Reservoir include largemouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, white bass and tiger muskie.

Largemouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill White Bass Tiger muskie

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Local Contact Information

Smithville Lake
17201 Paradesian St
Smithville, MO 64089
816 407-3600

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