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Smithville Lake, Smithville

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#3 of 7 in Beaches in Missouri
Smithville Lake is a 7190acre reservoir on the Little Platte branch of the Platte River in Clay County, Missouri near Smithville. It provides the water supply for Smithville, Missouri and Plattsburg, Missouri. Kansas City, Missouri has reserved a portion for its water supply.
The lake was built and is administered by the Kansas City office of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (which includes all of Missouri and Kansas, as well as small portions of Nebraska and Iowa) primarily for flood control. The lake is 10th largest of Corps lakes in the district, but third in terms of shoreline. It has 5000acre of public land and 175mi of shoreline.
Smithville Dam was authorized in 1965. Construction began in 1972 with the dam being completed in 1977. Impoundment began in 1979. The dam is 4000 feet long at its crest, 105 feet high, of earthen construction, contains a maximum capacity of 246,500 acre-feet, and is owned and operated by the Corps of Engineers.
The Jerry L. Litton Visitor Center by the dam tells the history of the area, as well as has memorabilia about the Congressman who died in a plane crash on election night after winning the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in 1976.
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  • This weekend Smithville Lake was the perfect place to stop and Bird watch. The dam was setup for viewing the national birds. We spent about quality quite time just enjoying the wonderful weather and t...  more »
  • Great spot for a multitude of things. You can rent out the shelters for big functions, take a boat out on the lake, go swimming at a beach, go fishing, go camping, or enjoy one of the many paved trail...  more »
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  • It's a calm, beautiful place to hang out with friends. For the views in the winter and to enjoy the waters in summer !!
  • Plenty of trails, decent fishing, camping, nice marinas, playgrounds, disc golf, golf course, and other activities to keep the whole family entertained. Nice paved paths and well kept mountain bike trails to accommodate the trail runner, mountain bike, walker, or cyclist!

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