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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where do I buy a boat and motor permit?

2. What information do I need to obtain a permit?

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

4. Do you have to be a Jackson County resident to obtain a dock space?

5. Which lake is the largest?

6. What is the temperature of the lake?

7. Can we swim anywhere in Jackson County lakes?

8. Who needs a fishing permit?

9. When are the lakes stocked?

10. Where is Bow Fishing allowed on Jackson County lakes?

11. Is hunting allowed in any of Jackson County's parks?

12. Where are the campgrounds, and can we reserve sites?

13. Do we have to reserve a shelter to use it?

14. Which parks have playground equipment?

15. Where are the mountain biking trails?

16. Where are the regular paved biking trails?

17. Where are the horse trails?

18. Where is the Sheriff's Department located?

 

1. Where do I buy a boat and motor permit?

The Jackson County Parks + Rec (JCP+R) Registration Office at 22807 Woods Chapel Road and any Jackson County Parks + Rec Marina. 

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2. What information do I need to obtain a permit?

  1. Proof of ownership on each boat and motor; watercraft and/or motor titles or a validated "Application for Title" (pink slip) or "certificate of number," which are not required to be registered with the State of Missouri.
  2. A current certificate of number.
  3. Personal property tax receipt (Jackson County residents only).

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3. How much will it cost to put my boat on the lakes?
  • Boat permit (all County lakes) = $24
  • County residents Boat permit (Lake Jacomo) = $42
  • Non-residents Boat Permit (Longview/Blue Springs only) = $24
  • Residents/non-residents Combo permit (personal watercraft only) = $90
  • Residents/non-residents Motor permits (all County lakes) = $1.80 per horsepower for the first 10 hp, then 70 cents per horsepower thereafter.
  • One-day ramp permit fees for all watercraft types and horsepowers = $20 per day.

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4. Do you have to be a Jackson County resident to obtain a dock space?

No.

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5. Which lake is the largest?

Lake Jacomo with 970 acres of water. Longview Lake has 930 acres of water. Blue Springs Lake has 720 acres of water.

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6. What is the temperature of the lake?

It varies. During the summer months, it ranges between 64-90 degrees. Call the marinas for the most accurate temperature reading.

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7. Can we swim anywhere in Jackson County lakes?

Swimming is only allowed at Blue Springs Lake Beach and Longview Lake Beach or off your boat, if anchored, while wearing a lifejacket.

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8. Who needs a fishing permit?

Missouri residents under the age of 65 and over the age of 15. Out of state seniors must have a permit. There is no additional permit required by JCP+R for fishing in our lakes.

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9. When are the lakes stocked?

Frequency is based on the carrying capacity and the fishing pressure of the lake. This is determined by and stocking is done by the Missouri Department of Conservation (816) 655-6250.

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10. Where is Bow Fishing allowed on Jackson County lakes?

Longbow or crossbow fishing is permitted on Lake Jacomo, north of Colbern Road during statewide season. JCP+R archery permit is required.

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11. Is hunting allowed in any of Jackson County parks?

JCP+R does have managed hunts in Fleming Park. The Missouri Department of Conservation (816) 655-6250 has all dates and rules.

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12. Where are the campgrounds and can we reserve sites?

Advance reservations are accepted at Lake Jacomo, Blue Springs Lake and Longview Lake campgrounds. Contact the Permit and Reservation Office at (816) 503-4805 for further information regarding fees and current space availability for each location.

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13. Do we have to reserve a shelter to use it?

It is highly recommended. If another party has already reserved the shelter, they have exclusive use of the shelter. Make your reservation by calling (816) 503-4805. Reservations made 10 days prior to usage date ensure shelter cleanliness and readiness.

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14. Which parks have playground equipment?  

  • Fleming Park at Lake Jacomo shelters 1, 2, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11: full playgrounds; shelters 8 and 12: swing sets only.
  • Longview Lake shelters 4, 11, 13: full playgrounds; shelter 6: swing sets only. 

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15. Where are the mountain biking trails?

View directional maps for Landahl Park (8.5 miles), Blue Springs Multi-purpose trail (3 miles), Sports Complex Park (3.5 miles) and Blue Parkway (4.5 miles).

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16. Where are the regular paved biking trails?

View directional maps for Longview Lake Park (6 miles, one-way) and Little Blue Trace (10 miles, one-way).

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17. Where are the horse trails?

View directional maps for Longview Lake (2 miles), Blue and Gray Park (15.5 miles), Monkey Mountain Park (3 miles), Landahl Park (4.6 miles) and Blue River Parkway (4.5 miles).

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18. Where is the Sheriff's Department located?

The Sheriff's Department is located at 3310 NE Rennau Drive in Fleming Park, approximately 1 mile south of Woods Chapel Road. You can contact the Sheriff's Department at (816) 524-4302 or by email at Sheriff@jacksongov.org .

Jackson County Sheriff's Web Site

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