• Welcome to Clay County

    Welcome to Clay County

    If you are new to the area, just visiting or have lived here forever and are wondering what may be new or exciting... we invite you to head over to www.visitclaymo.com to look through our visitor's guide, check out all there is to see, do and eat! There is something for everyone. Find ideas for romantic getaways, fun things to do with your kiddos or plan a night out with your favorite people. It's all in Clay!

  • Smithville Lake Access

    Smithville Lake Access

    Fishing, public docks, boat ramps, boating, parking lots, disc golf and other outdoor activities remain accessible at beautiful Smithville Lake, following the guidelines of the CCPHC. Trails and trailhead restrooms remain open. Marina slipholders continue to have access to their boat slip and property. Camp Branch Marina will continue to provide boat fueling services, but the bait shop will be closed to the public. Smithville Lake is waiting for you!

  • Wander Back in Time...

    Wander Back in Time...

    Join us at one of Clay County's many historic sites. Spend an afternoon with Jesse James, go back in time to a one-room schoolhouse or visit the oldest continuously occupied home turned museum in Clay County! You can even host your wedding at the Historic Mt. Gilead Church built in 1833. Plan your adventure back in time... just stop by the Historic Sites and Museums section of our new tourism website then get out there and explore!


The Clay County Public Health Center's emergency order has been updated, effective February 21st, 2021. Restaurants, bars, and taverns may resume operating according to their permitted hours. Events are no longer required to submit a mitigation plan and there is no capacity limit on gathering size. You can read the full order here. 

Please note that the Clay County Public Health Center's emergency orders still require facemasks inside all public spaces. Face coverings or masks must be worn over the nose and mouth by all visitors and staff inside any Clay County building. Social distancing rules always apply

Some of Clay County's services, including the Assessor and Collector's Office, will remain available online or by phone. Smithville Lake and Clay County Parks information can be found here.

Need to contact the Public Health Center? Visit clayhealth.com or call 816-595-4200. For information regarding the COVID-19 vaccination, please refer to the CCPHC's vaccine FAQ page. For additional information on the current COVID-19 conditions in Clay County, please visit the CCPHC's COVID-19 page

County News


Jan 28, 2021, 12:05 PM
Today, the Clay County Commission adopted a balanced budget for the year 2021. This budget prioritizes sound fiscal management and increased support for law enforcement, while still retaining the high standard in place for core community services and values. Read more.




The Transparency Portal is where you will find all of Clay County's public information. 

County Updates

CLay county Now streaming all meetings
links available shortly before meetings begin

The Clay County Administration will be live streaming all commission meetings for the public to join and view. 

Livestreams will be available to view on our YouTube page. Subscribers will get an email notification every time a meeting begins. 

View Commission Meeting agendas here

assessment dept. Re-open to the public March 1st
There may be wait times, thank you for your patience.

On behalf of the Clay County Assessor Cathy Rinehart, due to COVID-19, the Assessment Department will re-open on March 1st. to the public 

To pay a Clay County property tax bill, click here.

For contact information and live chat with Assessor Staff, please click here.

For more inquiries, feel free to call the Assessor's Office at (816) 407-3520.


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Explore Clay County


We invite you to come explore all there is to see, do and enjoy! From our rich history to family fun or a unique date night, Clay County offers you so many options. Not sure what to do first? Head over to www.visitclaymo.com to help plan your day.



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Clay County Careers

Positions available for those with experience in maintenance, road work, marinas, law enforcement, landscape horticulture, help desk, airport specialist, customer service, golf technicians and more!

Click here to see job openings ...

Click here to see the seasonal job openings ... 

Visit Our Parks & Historic Sites! 

Our vision is to provide Clay County citizens and all visitors a higher quality of life. We strive to provide our visitors with opportunities to explore every interest, hobby and educational program that we have available. We encourage you to come out and explore our parks, historic sites and participate in our programs throughout the year.