Smithville Lake is a 7,200 acre lake with more than 175 miles of shoreline. Located just 20 miles from downtown Kansas City, the lake area offers several recreational opportunities available to the outdoor enthusiast including: great fishing whether from shore or by boat, 2 full service marinas including boat rentals, 2 swim beaches, 777 campsites, 1 sailboat only marina, dockside restaurant, reservable shelters, 2 public 18-hole golf courses within the Paradise Pointe Golf Complex, 4 disc golf courses, 25 miles of walking/biking trails, 26 miles of equestrian trails, 11 miles of single-track mountain biking trails,
Smithville Lake is home to Kansas City Trapshooters Association, public hunting that includes managed goose hunts as well as youth and ADA white-tail deer and wild turkey hunts, and an aggressive 2,300 acre native grassland revitalization project.
One of Missouri’s Best Fisheries
Smithville Lake receives more fishing pressure than any other large reservoir in Missouri. It’s no coincidence that one of Missouri’s best fishing lakes is also one of its busiest and for a good reason. Located about 20 minutes from downtown Kansas City, its steady high-quality fishing for bass, crappie, walleye, catfish and white bass is a lure most anglers can’t ignore.