PLEASE BE ADVISED:
TRAILS will be CLOSED
Managed Goose Hunt: Monday - Friday during November 14th, 2016 thru February 3rd, 2017. Patrons may encounter some partial trail closures on the Bonebender Trail and the Campground Trail at Camp Branch Campground (which is closed for the winter season), small section of the Cabin Fever Trail near shelter #8 in the Crow's Creek Pinic Arm, portions of the golf course and the trails at Little Platte Park. Kelsey Short Youth Camp and the Nature Center will also be closed.
Clay County is also excited to announce the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Army Corps of Engineers will be hosting 2 managed deer hunts this year. Below are the types of hunts and the areas that will be closed in the park.
1. November 19th-20th, 2016: The 27th Annual "World's Largest" managed hunt for disabled hunters will be held. Kelsey Short, all hiking trails, the equestrian camping loop in Crow's Creek, equestrian trails from Access 27 to Jack Rabbit Bend and Smith's Fork Park will be closed for those 2 days.
2. December 10th-11th, 2016: The youth deer hunt will be held. Kelsey Short, all hiking trails, the equestrian camping loop in Crow's Creek, equestrian trails from Access 27 to Jack Rabbit Bend and Smith's Fork Park will be closed for those 2 days.
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, dockside restaurant, 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.