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.

Camp Branch and Little Platte beaches have closed for the season.  Thank you for your patronage, and we look forward to seeing you next season!

  Camp Branch Beach - map                       Beach 2 -W36A1332 SMALL.jpg

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
Sample Collection Date Left Right GeoMean Left Right GeoMean
04-01-2019 35 30 32filled-flag-green.jpg 32 25 28filled-flag-green.jpg
04-08-2019 1 2  1filled-flag-green.jpg 17 116 44filled-flag-green.jpg
04-15-2019 1 1  1filled-flag-green.jpg 1 1  1filled-flag-green.jpg
04-22-2019 17 16 16filled-flag-green.jpg 7 13 10filled-flag-green.jpg
04-29-2019 39 17 26filled-flag-green.jpg 9 4  6filled-flag-green.jpg
05-07-2019 15 9 12filled-flag-green.jpg 28 5

12filled-flag-green.jpg

05-13-2019 40 49 44filled-flag-green.jpg 21 21 21filled-flag-green.jpg
05-20-2019 106 44 68filled-flag-green.jpg 64 52 58filled-flag-green.jpg
05-28-2019 55 38 46filled-flag-green.jpg 17 24 20filled-flag-green.jpg
06-03-2019 121 19 48filled-flag-green.jpg 123 44 74filled-flag-green.jpg
06-10-2019 9 3 5filled-flag-green.jpg 34 20 26filled-flag-green.jpg
06-17-2019 10 94 31filled-flag-green.jpg 23 42

31filled-flag-green.jpg

06-24-2019 190 80 123filled-flag-green.jpg 570 600 585filled-flag-orange.jpg
07-01-2019 29 35 32filled-flag-green.jpg 14 25 19filled-flag-green.jpg
07-08-2019 6 6 6filled-flag-green.jpg 10 9 9filled-flag-green.jpg
07-15-2019 3 3 3filled-flag-green.jpg 1630 34 235filled-flag-orange.jpg
07-22-2019 140 102 119filled-flag-green.jpg 103 480 222filled-flag-orange.jpg
07-29-2019 33 23 28filled-flag-green.jpg 33 29 31filled-flag-green.jpg
08-05-2019 23 23 23filled-flag-green.jpg 21 54 22filled-flag-green.jpg
08-12-2019 76 230 132filled-flag-green.jpg 20 9 13filled-flag-green.jpg
08-19-2019 30 24 27filled-flag-green.jpg 22 30 26filled-flag-green.jpg
08-26-2019 16 12 14filled-flag-green.jpg 60 5 17filled-flag-green.jpg
09-03-2019 46 33 39filled-flag-green.jpg 60 20 35filled-flag-green.jpg
09-09-2019 41 33 37filled-flag-green.jpg 9 5 7filled-flag-green.jpg
09-16-2019 7 19 12filled-flag-green.jpg 5 20 10filled-flag-green.jpg
09-23-2019 45 65 54filled-flag-green.jpg 27 46 35filled-flag-green.jpg
09-30-2019 100 80 89filled-flag-green.jpg 57 42 49filled-flag-green.jpg
10-07-2019 30 20 24filled-flag-green.jpg 14 60 29filled-flag-green.jpg
10-14-2019 6 7 6filled-flag-green.jpg 4 2 3filled-flag-green.jpg
10-21-2019 47 32 39filled-flag-green.jpg 36 37 36filled-flag-green.jpg
10-31-2019 65 46 55filled-flag-green.jpg 13 10 11filled-flag-green.jpg

 

 

Clay County, Mo.

Contact Us

Clay County Park Office

Camp Branch Marina

17201 Paradesian
Smithville, MO 64089

Phone: (816) 407-3400
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.        Monday - Friday

 

Paradise Pointe Marina

Closed for the season

2825 NE 180th Street
Smithville, MO 64089

Phone: (816) 407-3425

 

Sailboat Cove

4404 Paradise Rd.
Smithville, MO 64089

E-mail the Parks Department