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

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
04-02-2018 4 3 1 <1
04-09-2018 <1 <1 <1 7 2
04-16-2018 2 2 10 6
04-23-2018 1 2 1 2 1
04-30-2018 9 19 13  <1 13 13 
05-07-2018 <1 9 18 74 36 
05-16-2018 44 71 56  14 18 16 
05-21-2018 3 8 6 15
05-28-2018 33 35 34  110 200 148 
06-04-2018 5 3 1 4
06-12-2018 37 44 40  74 80 77 
06-18-2018 5 23 11  6 2
06-25-2018 18 2 3 2
07-02-2018 1 1 11 2
07-09-2018 8 13 10  3 38 11 
07-16-2018 10 6 4 6
07-23-2018 17 69 34  3 2
07-30-2018 16 7 11  1 1
08-06-2018 92 39 60  24 23 23 
08-13-2018 5 8 1 1
08-20-2018 390 180 265  160 140 150 
08-27-2018 17 6 10  29 40 34 
09-04-2018 17 19 18  11 43 22 
09-10-2018 28 17 22  1 1
09-17-2018 1 6 3 1
9-24-2018 11 1 1 1
10-01-2018 8 10 2 4
10-08-2018 177 199 188  97 67 81 
10-15-2018 49 24 34  46 42 44 
10-22-2018 45 39 42  17 36 25 
10-31-2018 24 18 21  14 13 13 

 

Daily Entry Fees

Vehicle

$5

Boat

$12


1/2 Price Season Entry FeesEffective August 1, 2018

Vehicle

$22.50

Boat Only

$42.50

Vehicle / Boat Combo

$65.00

Senior Vehicle

$17.50

Senior Boat

$32.50

Senior Vehicle / Boat Combo

$50.00

*1/2 Price discount expires December 31, 2018

Clay County, Mo.

Contact Us

Clay County Park Office

Camp Branch Marina

17201 Paradesian
Smithville, MO 64089

Phone: (816) 407-3420
Sunday - Saturday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Paradise Pointe Marina

*Closed for the season until April 1st, 2019

2825 NE 180th Street
Smithville, MO 64089

Phone: (816) 532-5376

 

Sailboat Cove

4404 Paradise Rd.
Smithville, MO 64089

E-mail the Parks Department