• Smithville Lake Access

    Smithville Lake Access

    Smithville Lake trails and trailhead restrooms remain open, within the guidelines of the Clay County Public Health Center. 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. Fishing, public docks, boat ramps, boating, parking lots, disc golf and other outdoor activities remain accessible, within the guidelines of the CCPHC. Smithville Lake is waiting 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!

  • 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! 

  • 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!

Update for 7/16: Begining 7/20 the Clay County Health Department's emergency orders will require facemasks inside all public spaces. To keep in compliance, face coverings or masks must be worn over the nose and mouth by all visitors and staff inside any Clay County building. The Clay County offices are open to the public, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the Clay County Annex from 9 am to 4 pm. Social distancing rules will apply and only the entrances on Franklin and Water Streets will be open.  Clay County's essential services will still remain available online or by phone. For Smithville Lake Clay County Parks, visit them here for the most up to date openings. More information will be released as it becomes available. For more information on the current COVID-19 conditions, emergency orders, and recovery plans, please visit the Clay County Public Health Center's COVID-19 page.

Jun 17, 2019, 2:37 PM
On June 3rd, the Clay County Commission honored and recognized the quick response of three Clay County Rangers that led to a life saved. Corporal Sean Benjamin, Ranger Melissa Mahoney, and Ranger Jeremy Monaco responded to the aide of a 55-year-old woman who was struck in the chest by a bolt of lightning while fishing in a remote area at Smithville Lake. For those that offered their thoughts and prayers, we are happy to report that the woman is home and recovering. We would like to thank our Ranger Division for their service and commitment to our citizens and park patrons. Read more and see the news story...
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...
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Public comment Period

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Friday, August 7th from 4 to 5:00 p.m.

Public Comment Period is an opportunity for citizens to voice their questions, comments or concerns about the August 10th commission agenda items.

For those that wish to speak, you must register for a timeslot: (http://ow.ly/ijvs50AEml0). Zoom call-in number is 1-346-248-7799 US // Meeting ID: 586 997 1253.

clay County Offices open to the public with some occupancy restrictions beginning June 29

In keeping with the Clay County Public Health Center’s COVID-19 50% building capacity guides, the Clay County offices will open to the public. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There may be wait times during peak hours, please plan ahead and we appreciate your patience with this process. Social distancing rules will apply, masks are not required but strongly recommended and only the entrances on Franklin and Water Streets will be open. All visitors are asked to check-in at the Water Street entrance for the Recorder of Deeds office and the Franklin Street entrance for the Assessor, Collector, or Clerk’s offices. Be sure that you have all of your paperwork and payment information with you and ready so that we can safely and quickly process your request.

The Clay County Annex Building (open 9 am to 4 pm) is located within Kansas city limits and is therefore under the jurisdiction of Kansas City’s new emergency orders starting June 29, 2020. To keep within compliance, face coverings or masks must be worn over the nose and mouth by all visitors and staff inside the Clay County Courthouse Annex. Minors and guests with disabilities or medical conditions that do not allow for face masks to be worn are exempt from this requirement. All visitors will be asked to provide contact information. As directed in the order, all information will be kept confidential and utilized only for public health purposes or to address public health concerns. We appreciate everyone’s understanding as we implement these procedures.

See Mayor Lucas’ full executive order here.

Stay up to date with Clay County’s guidelines at https://www.claycountymo.gov.

For questions or assistance, you can call the Public Services line at 816-407-3650, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.



June 29, 2020
The Clay County Administration Building is now open to the public for walk-in service, 8 am to 5pm at 50% occupancy limits. Starting 7/20 masks will be required. There may be wait times during peak hours, please plan ahead and we appreciate your patience with this process. The Clay County Annex Building, open 9 am to 4 pm, is located within Kansas city limits and is therefore under the jurisdiction of Kansas City’s new emergency orders starting June 29, 2020, masks are required at this location.

Click here for a complete list of statements and information regarding COVID-19 since March 18, 2020


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For more information and to stay up to date on ​​​​​COVID-19, visit the Clay County Public Health Center website.

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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.