Camp Branch and Crow's Creek Campground

Clay County Parks, Recreation, Historic Sites manages more than 6,000 acres of parks including 2 championship golf courses, 24 miles of trails, 752 campsites, 2 marinas, swim beaches, docks, and shelters at Smithville Lake.  As well as two renowned museums and other historic sites, and two parks – Rocky Hollow and Tryst Falls -  between Kearney and Excelsior Springs.

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Camp Branch Campground - map | Directions

Camp Branch Camping

Camp Branch Campground is closed until April 1, 2022.

346 campsites are available at Camp Branch off Collins Road at Smithville Lake.  Both tent and RV sites are available with several including electrical hook-ups.  

  • 200 Electric Sites (50 amp)
  • 146 Unimproved Sites
  • Many sites are located along the shoreline with easy access to walking trails. 
  • Playground conveniently located between Loops C and D.
  • Shower facilities are conveniently located in the campground. 
  • Many sites are located along the shoreline where you could bank your boat at your own risk.
  • Firewood and bagged ice are available for sale while camp hosts are on duty.
  • All sites have a picnic table and a fire ring with a grill. 

 

Camp Branch Disc Golf Course

In addition to the professionally designed Paradise Pointe Disc Golf Complex, a 9-hole disc golf course is located within Camp Branch Campground. This Par 27 recreational course is good for beginners.

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Crow's Creek Camping

ATTENTION: “A LOOP” CAMPERS
A Loop offers camping sites accommodating both equestrian and non-equestrian campers.   Non-equestrian friends and family wishing to camp close to an equestrian camper are now able!  Non-equestrian campers will just need to stop by the Camp Host Booth, the Parks Office, or give the Parks Office a call and we will be happy to make the reservation for you.

Equestrian campers wishing to make a reservation, please utilize the reservations website for your camping needs

Directions

406 campsites are available at Crow's Creek off E Highway at Smithville Lake.  Both tent and RV sites are available with several including electrical hook-ups.  

  • 91 Water/Electric Sites (50 amp)
  • 181 Electric Sites (50 amp)
  • 134 Unimproved Sites
  • Loop A offers sites that are designated for our equestrian campers. See the equestrian section below.
  • Playground conveniently located in the center of the campground.
  • Many sites are located along the shoreline with easy access to walking trails. 
  • Shower facilities are conveniently located in the campground. 
  • Many sites are located along the shoreline where you could bank your boat at your own risk.
  • Firewood and bagged ice are available for sale while camp hosts are on duty.
  • All sites have a picnic table and a fire ring with a grill. 

CAMPING AND ENTRY FEES

Camping fees include park entry fees for one vehicle. Please note that an online campsite reservation system is in place since April 2015. If there is not an attendant on duty, and you are arriving after 5:00 pm, please arrange to contact Clay County Parks in the morning (8:00 am or later), in order to pay your camping fees and minimize the risk that another guest reserved the site you chose. If you are leaving the next day, or if you are only staying for a day visit, and no camp host is on duty, please pay the Daily Entry Fee in the HONOR BOX provide at each entry station.

 

Camp Site Type Camping Fee (per night)
Unimproved $22.00
Electric - 50 amp $40.00
Electric/Water - 50 amp $40.00

 

Walk-In camping:  

  • Any non-reserved campsites will continue to be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • Same day walk-in may stay one night during weekends regardless of the type of site.  Same day walk-in is 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.
Type Daily Entry Fees Season Entry Fees Clay County Personal
Property Tax Discount*
Half-Price Sale (effective Aug 1st)
Vehicle $6.00 $50.00 $40.00 $25.00
Boat only $14.00 $90.00 $70.00 $45.00
Vehicle/Boat Combo   $140.00 $110.00 $70.00
Senior Vehicle   $40.00 $35.00 $20.00
Senior Boat only   $70.00 $65.00 $35.00
Senior Vehicle/Boat Combo   $110. $100.00 $55.00

*: Must provide proof of payment for 2020 Personal Property Tax. One (1) discounted pass per account. Must be purchased at Parks Office (Camp Branch). The taxpayer discount expires on July 31st due to half price sale begins August 1st.

 

ADDITIONAL FEES:

One vehicle entry fee is included with your camping fee.  Additional vehicles (incl. motorcycles) will require a daily vehicle entry fee pass; per vehicle per day, or possession of a Season Vehicle Pass or Season Combo Pass (one per vehicle).  No more than 3 axled units per site permitted.  We offer additional parking in the parking lot located at the shower houses.  Crow's Creek Campground also offer overflow parking near Loop E or in the gravel lots across from Loop C.  You may also purchase additional campsites to accommodate your needs.

 

BOATS:  All boats must possess either a Season Boat Pass or a Season Combo Pass or purchase a daily boat pass upon entering the parks.  Your camping fee does not include your boat. 

 

 

 

 

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

Online Camping Reservation