• One of a Kind...

    One of a Kind...

    Clay County is a premier place to live, work, and play.  We have the thrill of urban development and the comfort of cozy neighborhoods... all surrounded by natural beauty!  At the government level, we strive to supplement our citizens’ experience by doing the core things extraordinarily well.  We deliver safe, smooth roadways outside of city limits; offer a network of parks, recreation, and historic sites; and we are committed to public safety, family-friendly events and public outreach. Our employees are here for you! 

  • Welcome to Clay County

    Welcome to Clay County

    If you are new to the area, just visiting or have lived here forever and are wondering what may be new or exciting... we invite you to head over to www.visitclaymo.com to look through our visitor's guide, check out all there is to see, do and eat! There is something for everyone. Find ideas for romantic getaways, fun things to do with your kiddos or plan a night out with your favorite people. It's all in Clay!

  • Wander Back in Time...

    Wander Back in Time...

    Join us at one of Clay County's many historic sites. Spend an afternoon with Jesse James, go back in time to a one-room schoolhouse or visit the oldest continuously occupied home turned museum in Clay County! You can even plan your wedding at Historic Mt. Gilead Church built in 1833. Plan your adventure back in time... just stop by the Historic Sites and Museums section of our new tourism website then get out there and explore!

  • 27 Miles of Trails...      Come Hike the Lake!

    27 Miles of Trails... Come Hike the Lake!

    Smithville lake will be nothing short of spectacular this spring! The beautiful trees and sparkling lake can be the backdrop of your next family outing. Come explore our trails on foot, bike or horseback. Walk the amazing shoreline or camp fireside. Smithville Lake is waiting for you!

May 21, 2019, 11:09 AM
On May 6th, Clay County honored Older Americans Month with a proclamation. Clay County has over 40,000 residents age 60 and above; we are fortunate to have such a large and active senior association with numerous services and resources for residents. Only 55 Missouri counties have levy funds to support seniors. Read more...
May 15, 2019, 11:37 AM
The new irrigation system at Paradise Point Golf Complex will have nearly 40 miles of pipe and an equal amount of wire. At no point during installation of the new system do we intend to have more than four holes under construction at any given time. Read more...
May 6, 2019, 3:36 PM
Mushroom hunting has been a lively topic in Clay County this season.
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IN time for Memorial Day Weekend... The Sand Beaches get a makeover!

Truckloadofsand.jpgThis week 300 tons of sand was delivered to all three sand beaches at Smithville Lake. Over the past couple of decades and several seasons of severe weather, the sand at the public beaches surrounding the lake had become sparse and overrun with weeds. Thanks to the no-tax-increase bond initiative these areas are being restored to a beautiful place for your family to picnic and play! Speaking of… don’t forget to mark your calendar for this year’s annual Smithville Lake Family Fun Day which will be hosted at the Little Platte Beach. It’s a great opportunity to come to see the newly improved beach. Be sure to bring a bike so that you can ride over to check out the new playground as well! Check out all of the latest Bond Projects updates in the Transparency Portal. Summer is going to be amazing in Clay County!


Thank you to all who came out for our Arbor Day Celebration & Movie in the Park

tree planting.jpgWe played... we planted... and we enjoy a movie under the stars!  Earth Week and Arbor Day were celebrated with such enthusiasm! A fun group of kids opened our celebration by helping us officially cut the ribbon on our newly installed playground, just one of our many no-tax-increase bond projects happening right now. The Clay County Parks Department provided us with a gorgeous Missouri native tree and helped our amazing volunteers get it planted. Our Clay County Rangers made sure that everyone went home with a tree to plant of their own and Chops BBQ hosted our movie in the park, The Lorax started as the sun went down and starts came out.  Thank you to everyone who made this possible!

As part of conservation efforts, Clay County is kicking off a two year program to plant 200-250 Missouri native trees around Smithville Lake.

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We invite you to come explore all there is to see, do and enjoy! From our rich history to family fun or a unique date night, Clay County offers you so many options. Not sure what to do first? Head over to www.visitclaymo.com to help plan your day.

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Clay County Careers

Positions available for those with experience in maintenance, road work, marinas, law enforcement, landscape horticulture, help desk, airport specialist, customer service, golf technicians and more!

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Visit Our Parks & Historic Sites! 

Our vision is to provide Clay County citizens and all visitors a higher quality of life. We strive to provide our visitors with opportunities to explore every interest, hobby and educational program that we have available. We encourage you to come out and explore our parks, historic sites and participate in our programs throughout the year.