Beaches

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.  The beaches are now closed for the season.  They will reopen May 1, 2022.  Thank you for your patronage!

  Camp Branch Beach - map     

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Camp Branch Beach is located on the east side of the lake within Camp Branch 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   Beach 1-W36A1011 SMALL.jpg

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). Because 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
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05-03-2021 9 5 7filled-flag-green.jpg 7 8 7filled-flag-green.jpg
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07-06-2021 160 210 183filled-flag-green.jpg 140 530 272filled-flag-orange.jpg
07-12-2021 20 11 15filled-flag-green.jpg 311 172 231filled-flag-orange.jpg
07-19-2021 30 50 39filled-flag-green.jpg 36 100 60filled-flag-green.jpg
07-26-2021 210 45 97filled-flag-green.jpg 30 29 29filled-flag-green.jpg
08-02-2021 11 60 26filled-flag-green.jpg 20 15 17filled-flag-green.jpg
08-09-2021 30 40 35filled-flag-green.jpg 250 205 226filled-flag-orange.jpg
08-16-2021 20 13 16filled-flag-green.jpg 6000 62 610filled-flag-orange.jpg
08-24-2021 26 19 22filled-flag-green.jpg 17 23 20filled-flag-green.jpg
08-30-2021 5 10 7filled-flag-green.jpg 40 2 9filled-flag-green.jpg
09-07-2021 47 66 56filled-flag-green.jpg 10 27 16filled-flag-green.jpg
09-13-2021 6000 6000 6000filled-flag-orange.jpg 6000 6000 6000filled-flag-orange.jpg
09-20-2021 50 30 39filled-flag-green.jpg 28 22 25filled-flag-green.jpg
09-27-2021 20 30 24filled-flag-green.jpg 10 1 3filled-flag-green.jpg
10-04-2021 30 19 24filled-flag-green.jpg 1 1 1filled-flag-green.jpg
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Clay County, Mo.

Contact Parks

Clay County Park Office

17201 Paradesian
Smithville, MO 64089

Hours:
Camp Branch Parks Office:

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
Closed Saturday/Sunday

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

E-mail the Parks Department

Camp Branch Marina
17201 Paradesian
Smithville, MO 64089

Phone: (816) 407-3400

Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

 

Paradise Pointe Marina
2825 NE 180th Street
Smithville, MO 64089

Phone: (816) 407-3425

Closed for the season.

          

Sailboat Cove
4404 Paradise Rd.
Smithville, MO 64089