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Smithville Lake was originally built to control floods, supply water, and manage fish and wildlife. However, its beauty has made it into the popular recreational area, so today the lake and its surrounds are used for fishing, hunting, swimming, boating, hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, and camping. The 7,200-acre lake, located near the city of Smithville, Missouri, was created in 1965 after damming the Little Platte River. There are several campgrounds, some basic and others electric, so there’s something for everyone’s taste. Swimming is best in Little Platte Park and Camp Branch Park. There are miles of multi-use trails, from hiking to horseback riding. Fishermen come to Smithville Lake for channel, blue and flathead catfish, bluegill, largemouth bass, walleye, tiger muskie, and crappie.
City of Smithville, Missouri
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