About Us

County Park Systems

Did you know that Jackson County Parks + Rec is the largest park system in the State of Missouri, and one of the largest county parks system in the country? 

At nearly 22,000 acres, our parks system features four outstanding lakes, three campgrounds, 160 miles of beautiful trails, one of the Kansas City area's finest public golf courses, and historic sites that date back to 1808 when Missouri was considered to be "way out West."


It's all about "FUN" when you spend a day with Jackson County Parks + Rec. For the land lover, we have one of the largest park systems of any county in  America.

For the water enthusiast, Jackson County is home to fantastic beaches and lakes, with the finest public marinas in Missouri.

We offer our residents and regional neighbors nearly 22,000 acres of premier outdoor enjoyment for "get-away-from-it-all" weekends and memorable vacations.

From boating and biking to hiking and horseback riding, get on the go! From softball and golf, get into the game! From beaches and campgrounds to picnics and fishing, just sit back and relax.

Our Mission

To provide fun-filled opportunities in beautiful outdoor settings so people can make their day! 

Park Fees, Rules + Regulations

View a complete listing of Park Fees(PDF, 374KB) and Park Regulations(PDF, 128KB).


Where do I buy a boat and motor permit?

You can buy a boat or motor permit at:
The Jackson County Parks + Rec Registration Office
22807 Woods Chapel Road

You may also obtain a permit at any Jackson County Parks + Rec Marina.

What information do I need to obtain a boat or motor permit?

Missouri-registered BOAT OWNERS must provide the following documentation: 

  • Current water craft registration
  • Proof of ownership on the motor (title or registration)
  • Personal property tax receipt for previous year is required if you are a Jackson County resident

Missouri-registered boat MOTOR OWNERS must provide:

  • Proof of ownership on the motor (title or registration)

What if I live out of state?

  • Current water craft registration is required 

How much will it cost to put my boat on the lakes?

  • Boat permit (all County lakes): $30
  • Non-residents Boat permit (Lake Jacomo): $60
  • Non-residents Boat Permit (Longview/Blue Springs only): $30
  • Residents/non-residents Combo permit (personal watercraft only): $100
  • Residents/non-residents Motor permits (all County lakes): $1.00 per horsepower
  • 1-day ramp permit fees for all watercraft types and horse powers: $30 per day



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