Public Swim Beaches

 

image: Little Platte Beach

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 from 8:30 a.m. to sunset starting May 1 and remain open until September 15th.

Facilities include showers, changing rooms, rest rooms, and drinking fountain.

There is no life guard on duty.

Pets, glass containers, and alcoholic beverages are not permitted.

 


 

Camp Branch Beach - map

Camp Branch Beach is located on the east side of the lake within Camp Branch Bauman Park across the parking lot from the Main Park Office, Camp Branch Marina and Boat Launch.

In addition to access by vehicle, Camp Branch Beach is also accessible from Camp Branch Campground via Bonebender Trail. 

Little Platte Beach - map

Little Platte beach is located within Little Platte Park on the west side of the lake and is accessed from 180th Street. Access is by vehicle and via the new Little Platte Trail.

Nearby park attractions include: Paradise Pointe Marina, Golf Complex, and Historical Sites - Woodhenge and Akers Cemetery.

 


Water Quality Information

Clay County samples water quality at all designated swimming beaches at Smithville Lake on a weekly basis during the recreational season. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has designated Smithville Lake as a body of water (lake) with recreational use category Whole Body Contact, category A (WBC-A). 

Water samples are analyzed for E. coli, a common indicator species for bacteria. It is normal for E. coli and other bacteria to be found at naturally-occurring levels in ponds, streams, rivers, lakes and reservoirs. Elevated bacteria levels are frequently associated with heavy rains; however, there are a number of other sources that may contribute to elevated bacteria levels, which may pose a health risk.

Water sample results can help visitors decide whether a particular beach is suitable for swimming, based on the bacteria levels. For waters designated as WBC-A, the state water quality standard is 126 E. Coli colonies per 100mL of water during the recreational season (April 1 to October 31). Becuse temporary fluctuations, MDNR uses a single event threshold of 190 colonies/100mL of water for E. Coli concentrations. Clay County will post signs notifying visitors that swimming is not recommended if the geometric mean of the weekly water quality sample results exceeds the equivalent of 190 E. coli colonies per 100 milliliters of water (190 mpn/100 ml). 

 

  Little Platte Beach Camp Branch Beach
Sample Collection Date Left Right GeoMean Left Right GeoMean
04/04/2017 110 22
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33 23
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04/10/2017 14 8
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13 6
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04/17/2017 4 <1
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2 3
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04/24/2017 50 40
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30 10
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05/01/2017 110 70
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50 55
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05/08/2017 9 10
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3 4
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05/15/2017 6 10
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420 640
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05/22/2017 37 18 26filled-flag-green.jpg 11 6 8filled-flag-green.jpg
05/30/2017 2 2 2filled-flag-green.jpg 9 2 4filled-flag-green.jpg
06/05/2017 20 11 15filled-flag-green.jpg 29 27 28filled-flag-green.jpg
06/12/2017 94 86 90filled-flag-green.jpg 10 18 13filled-flag-green.jpg
06/19/2017 23 16
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06/26/2017 2 1 1filled-flag-green.jpg 1 2 1filled-flag-green.jpg
07/05/2017 90 115 102filled-flag-green.jpg 67 160 104filled-flag-green.jpg
07/10/2017 23 17 20filled-flag-green.jpg 53 30 40filled-flag-green.jpg
07/17/2017 16 29 22filled-flag-green.jpg 24 36 29filled-flag-green.jpg
07/24/2017 31 19 24filled-flag-green.jpg 183 60 105filled-flag-green.jpg
07/31/2017 7 22 12filled-flag-green.jpg 12 12 12filled-flag-green.jpg
08/07/2017 79 35 53filled-flag-green.jpg 330 41 116filled-flag-green.jpg
08/14/2017 13 14 13filled-flag-green.jpg 8 6 7filled-flag-green.jpg
08/22/2017 530 950 710filled-flag-orange.jpg 67 123 91filled-flag-green.jpg
08/28/2017 7 13 10filled-flag-green.jpg 5 1 2filled-flag-green.jpg
09/05/2017 4 6 5filled-flag-green.jpg 4 4 4filled-flag-green.jpg
09/11/2017 5 5 5filled-flag-green.jpg 1 3 2filled-flag-green.jpg
09/18/2017 43 2 9filled-flag-green.jpg 1 8 3filled-flag-green.jpg

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Clay County 

Parks Department
 


Park Office
17201 Paradesian
Smithville, MO 64089

Hours: 
  Sunday - Saturday
8:00am - 6:00pm

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phone: (816) 407-3400
fax: (816) 407-3411
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