Camping: Reservation Guidelines

Clay County Parks Department, 17201 Paradesian, Smithville, MO  64089 (816) 407-3400 
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Camping Reservation Guidelines
at Smithville Lake

406 campsites are available at Crow's Creek Campground off E Highway at Smithville Lake. We offer 134 unimproved sites, 181 sites with electric hookups (50 amp), and 91 sites with water and electric hookups (50 amp), accommodating a variety of camping units. 
346 camp sites are available at Camp Branch Campground off Collins Road at Smithville Lake. We offer 146 unimproved sites and 200 sites with electric hookups (50 amp) accommodating a variety of camping units.
  • Many sites are located along the shoreline with easy access to hiking, biking, and walking trails
  • Playgrounds are centrally located at each campground
  • Shower houses are conveniently located in each campground
  • Dump station located at the entrance to each campground
  • Easy access to boat ramps located nearby
  • Crow's Creek Picnic Arm and shelter areas
  • Camp Branch Swim Beach
  • Camp Branch Marina for boat rentals, gas & fishing supplies
  • Handicap Fishing Dock near Crow's Creek Campground
  • Tornado shelters located at Camp Branch Marina and Little Platte Park

Online Reservations

Phone Reservations
Customer Support

Online Reservation System Click here

available 24 hours/day

Call: (816) 407-3400,
Monday through Friday 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM


Camping Fees


 Unimproved Sites  $22 per site/day
 Electric Sites (50 amp)  $40 per site/day
 Water/Electric Sites (50 amp)  $40 per site/day
 Water/Electric Double Sites (50 amp) with the purchase of both shared driveway sites.  10% off entire stay
You may make reservations six (6) months to one (1) day in advance of arrival. There is a limit of five (5) campsites reservable per account per day.
Camp site reservation is subject to the following fees in addition to the camping fees:
  • Reservation Fee: $2 per site/reservation; double site $4 per site/reservation (non-refundable)
  • Change/Transfer Fee: $2 per site/reservation; double site $4 per site/reservation (non-refundable)
    • online: possible up to 36 hours prior to arrival/begin of stay
    • per phone: possible Monday through Friday 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM - call (816) 407-3400
  • Cancellation Fee: $2 per site/reservation; double site $4 per site/reservation
    • online: possible up to midnight one day prior to arrival/begin of stay
    • per phone: possible Monday through Friday 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM - call (816) 407-3400
    • cancellations (in whole or in part) on weekends subject to terms and conditions

Check-in/check-out times:

We ask that you honor our check out times promptly to minimize any hardship on the next guest.  The check-out times will be strictly enforced.


If following Monday is a holiday:
Sunday check-out 11:00 AM
Monday check-out 3:00 PM


  • Reservations may be canceled online up to midnight on the day before arrival, or by calling (816) 407-3400 by 5:00 pm CST/CDT on the day before arrival. Reservation fees will be refunded through your payment processor, minus reservation fee and cancellation fee (see above). Please allow usual processing time for the refunds.
  • For refund requests outside this policy, esp. when requested on the day of arrival or during your stay, the following applies:
    • Requests must be submitted in writing to the Park Office at Clay County Parks, Attn: Parks Office, 17201 Paradesian, Smithville, MO 64089.
    • Must include camping/vehicle tag and receipt with the letter
    • All requests will be subject to approval.  If approved, please allow 30 days for refund checks to be issued.


  • Any non-reserved campsites will continue to be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis for walk-in campers.
  • Same day walk-in may stay one night during weekends regardless of type of site.  Same day walk-in is a first come, first serve basis.
  • Customers who arrive after hours without a reservation 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.
  • We accept Cash, Check (must provide Driver License number, valid phone number and address if different than on check), Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.
  • We do not accept America the Beautiful passes or the Interagency Senior Passes or Interagency Access Passes formerly known as the Golden Age Passes.
  • Discounts: Senior Discount (62 years & older): Purchase 3 consecutive nights paid in advance and get the 4th night free.
  • A minimum stay of two (2) nights will be required for weekend reservations; must contain Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday. Partial cancellations will not be allowed.
  • Minimum stay for a recognized Holiday is five (5) nights. Stays during a recognized Holiday can only be canceled as a whole, not in parts. Recognized Holidays are Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.
  • The maximum length of stay is 30 days in any 60 day period in a campground for any camper, regardless of 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 Crow's Creek for 30 days, then switch to Camp Branch for 30 days or vice versa.
  • Reserving an ADA campsite is only permissible for or by people with disabilities. Proof of disability (placard, license plate) will be required at check-in time.
  • Maximum allowed occupancy is six (6) persons and two(2) tents, or one (1) tent and one (1) camper. Patrons with needs exceeding the maximum allowed occupancy will be required to purchase additional campsites. Campers are allowed three (3) axled units per site.
  • Quiet Hours are from 10:00 pm through 6:00 am. Running Generators during quiet hours will be allowed unless they are bothersome to your neighbors; if so, you will be asked to shut them off.
  • WINTER CAMPING: Due to the danger of water pipes freezing, we will be shutting the water off at Crow's Creek Campground on or around November 1st (weather dependent); at this point, there will be NO restrooms, shower house, or dump stations.
  • Camp Branch Campground will shut down completely on October 1st. for the winter and will reopen for business on April 1st.