• 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!

  • Smithville Lake Access

    Smithville Lake Access

    Fishing, public docks, boat ramps, boating, parking lots, disc golf and other outdoor activities remain accessible at beautiful Smithville Lake, following the guidelines of the CCPHC. Trails and trailhead restrooms remain open. Marina slipholders continue to have access to their boat slip and property. Camp Branch Marina will continue to provide boat fueling services, but the bait shop will be closed to the public. Smithville Lake is waiting for you!

  • 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 host your wedding at the 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!


The Clay County Public Health Center's emergency order has been updated, effective February 21st, 2021. Restaurants, bars, and taverns may resume operating according to their permitted hours. Events are no longer required to submit a mitigation plan and there is no capacity limit on gathering size. You can read the full order here. 

Please note that the Clay County Public Health Center's emergency orders still require facemasks inside all public spaces. Face coverings or masks must be worn over the nose and mouth by all visitors and staff inside any Clay County building. Social distancing rules always apply

Some of Clay County's services, including the Assessor and Collector's Office, will remain available online or by phone. Smithville Lake and Clay County Parks information can be found here.

Need to contact the Public Health Center? Visit clayhealth.com or call 816-595-4200. For information regarding the COVID-19 vaccination, please refer to the CCPHC's vaccine FAQ page. For additional information on the current COVID-19 conditions in Clay County, please visit the CCPHC's COVID-19 page

County News


Oct 26, 2020, 6:56 PM
In recent days, Clay County was made aware of misinformation being circulated via social media regarding the Smithville Lake Nature Center... continued.
Sep 17, 2020, 1:53 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [LIBERTY, MO, September 17, 2020] – In the opinion of legal counsel, Clay County has the right to proceed with work on the annex project, which was approved by a vote of the Clay County Commission.

County Updates

CLay county Now streaming all meetings

The Clay County Administration will be live streaming all commission meetings for the public to join and view. 

Livestreams will be available to view on our YouTube page. Subscribers will get an email notification every time a meeting begins. 

View Commission Meeting agendas here.

Join a board or committee

Are you a citizen interested in applying for one of Clay County's boards and committees? Head over to our Committee Application page and fill out a form to be considered.   ​​​​​​


Email notifications available for all agenda items

Simply create an account on our Public Meetings page, and choose the type of notifications you would like to receive. 

News Archive





The Transparency Portal is where you will find all of Clay County's public information. 

Explore Clay County


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!

Click here to see job openings ...

Click here to see the seasonal job openings ... 

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.