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One vehicle pass is included with your camping fee. However, if you have other vehicles or a boat/trailer accompanying you, there is an additional pass required. Please refer to the "related information" on the Clay County Parks website.
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You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a campsite with a valid driver's license. You may purchase a campsite at the Camp Host Booth located at the entrance of each campground. To make an Online Reservation or call the Park Office during business hours at 816-407-3400, option 3.
Upon payment or arrival, the Camp Host will issue a campsite pass, please attach this to your campsite post. You will also be issued a vehicle pass, to be displayed inside your vehicle on the front left side of the windshield.
For those of you who would like to enjoy the camping experience of either early or late season, Honor Envelopes are provided at the entrance of each campground at the Camp Host booths. During this time we do not have Camp Host on duty. We ask that you simply fill out the information requested on the front of the Honor Envelope. Please retain the top half as your receipt, place payment into the payment portion of the Honor Envelope, and insert this portion into the front slot of the Honor Box.
Important Notice for drive-in customers
The Clay County Parks Department accepts the following as forms of payment
You may bring your own firewood if you would like, however; it must be burned during your stay with us. You may not take firewood out of the park due to the Emerald Ash Borer. Please do not leave any unburned firewood at the campsite. Please do not leave campfires unattended.
For your convenience, you may purchase firewood and/or ice while our camp hosts are on duty at the Camp Host Booth located at the entrance to each campground. During the off season, wood and ice can be purchased at the Camp Branch Park office, during business hours.
Maximum of 6 people per site, with up to two tents or one tent and one camper. Campers are allowed three axled units per site.
Yes, they are as follows
Except when there is a Monday holiday; then Sunday's checkout time becomes 11 am, and Monday's checkout time becomes 3 pm
We ask that you honor our check-out times promptly to minimize any hardship on the next guest arriving. the check-out times will be strictly enforced.
Yes, the Clay County Sheriff's Office patrol the campgrounds, trails system, marinas, swim beaches, and other park properties regularly. If you have an emergency, call 911; emergency personnel will be dispatched along with the Deputies. After hours, for Non-life threatening issues, call 816-407-3700.
Quiet hours are 10 pm to 6 am. Generators will be allowed UNLESS they are bothersome to your neighbors; if so, you will be asked to shut the generator off.
A minimum stay of two nights will be required for weekend reservations; must consist of Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday. The cancellation of one night of a two-night minimum stay will not be allowed.
Minimum night stay for a recognized holiday is 5 nights. The cancellation of one night of the five nights minimum stay will not be allowed. Recognized holidays are: Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day.
The maximum length of stay is 30 days in any 60-day period in a campground for any camper, regardless of the person(s) paying or staying and the camper must be removed from the campground at the expiration of the 30-day limit. Campers may stay at Crows Creek for 30 days and then switch to Camp Branch for 30 days.
Any non-reserved camp sites will continue to be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Same-day walk-ins may stay one night during weekends and the five night minimum for holidays is waived regardless of the type of site. Same-day walk-in is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Customers who arrive after hours are advised to contact Clay County Parks in the morning to minimize the possibility of a conflict with a reservation that may have occurred in the meantime. If scheduling conflicts do occur, reasonable efforts will be made to ensure the best outcome for both parties. If this is not possible for any reason, the customer without a reservation may have to be relocated. In order to avoid this possibility altogether, please use the online reservation system.
Animals must be kept on walking leashes of no longer than 6 feet or tie-outs no longer than 10 feet.
Yes, campfires are allowed only on the fire grills provided. Campers may gather wood on the ground, but may NOT cut trees or limbs. Firewood and ice will be sold by the Camp Host unless otherwise posted at the main camp host booths. Campfires are not allowed after Midnight.
No, golf carts and ATVs will not be allowed to be used in the parks other than those operated by Park Staff.
Yes, for your convenience Camp Branch Marina has a designated computer and printer for you to obtain your license. Please refer to the Missouri Department of Conservation for details.
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 daily from May 1st through September 15th from 8:30 am to sunset. Facilities include showers, changing rooms, restrooms, and a drinking fountain. There is no lifeguard on duty. Pets, glass containers, and alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
It is unlawful to bring into or have in your possession in any park or recreation area any loaded or uncased pistol, revolver, or any object upon which loaded or blank cartridges may be used. *Rifle, shotgun, BB gun, air gun, spring gun, slingshot or bow, or other weapon, in which a propelling force is gunpowder, spring, or air are considered a weapon or firearm. (Section 90.24)
There are no fireworks permitted in the parks.
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Clay County Parks Dept.17201 ParadesianSmithville, MO 64089Phone: 816-407-3400
Clay County Parks and Recreation Page
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We have several attractions nearby. Please refer to a partial list below and I would also encourage you to visit the Clay County website for further information.