FISHING, boating and swimming IN LEE’S SUMMIT
There’s good news for men and women who fish and boat in Lee’s Summit: You’re surrounded. That’s right. Longview Lake borders the west, James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area is the eastern border. On the north are the trifecta of Prairie Lee Lake, Lake Jacomo and Blue Springs Lake. And of course that doesn’t include private lakes with privileges restricted to residents of those neighborhoods. To keep you out of jail (or at least court), we’ll restrict our information to public fishing areas and leave the private areas to those who are entitled to fish there. Enjoy!
Blue Springs Lake
Boating, swimming, fishing
This 720-acre lake abuts Lake Jacomo and is spanned by Woods Chapel Road.
Blue Springs Lake features a Marina and boat rental. The lake offers opportunities for power boating, water skiing, tubing and jet skiing. Canoers and kayakers can put their boats in at these locations.
Jackson County says you can expect to fish for hybrid striped bass, bluegill, largemouth bass, carp and catfish.
The Blue Springs Lake Beach is open Memorial Day-Labor Day. Learn more.
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area
This 3,084-acre reserve includes 12 lakes and many ponds. The Missouri Department of Conservation says “most lakes contain largemouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, bluegill, green sunfish, redear sunfish, and bullheads. Striped bass hybrids have been stocked in several of the lakes, and rainbow trout are stocked for winter fishing only (November-March) in Coot and Plover Lakes and in Honker Pond (kids only).”
Limited boat rental is available.
Prairie Hollow Lake is a reservation-only lake for educational group activities.
Honker Pond is a kids-only fishing spot.
This nearly 1,000-acre lake features sailboating, pontoons and forested shoreline.
Lake Jacomo features a marina, three boat ramps and boat rental. In addition, Sailboat Cove hosts a fleet of vessels in a vivid natural environment. According to Jackson County, “Lake Jacomo's limited-horsepower regulation affords a relaxing outing for the water enthusiast.” Canoers and kayakers can put their boats in at these locations.
Jackson County says you can look forward to fishing for crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, carp, catfish, hybrid striped bass and walleye.
LEGACY PARK LAKE
Legacy Park features a 22-acre lake. Lee’s Summit residents can use the park’s canoes and stand-up paddleboards for free by making a reservation. There is a fishing dock and several popular spots for anglers along the shoreline.
Lone Jack Lake Conservation Area
This 295-acre reserve includes a 35-acre lake populated with Black Bass, Catfish, Crappie and Sunfish. The also includes a boat launch ramp and tow fishing jetties (one accessible for people with disabilities).
Boat, fish, swim
This 930-acre lake features a marina and beach and is the home to Rowdy Ribbit’s, an inflatable playground on the lake.
Longview Lake features a Marina and boat rental. Canoers and kayakers can put their boats in at these locations.
Jackson County says you can expect to fish for bluegill, carp, channel cat, largemouth bass, walleye and crappie.
The Longview Lake Beach is open Memorial Day-Labor Day. Learn more.
Prairie Lee Lake
There is one public boat ramp for this 154-acre lake, which is available for fishing and boating. The Missouri Department of Conservation says you can expect to fish for catfish, crappie, sunfish, black bass and white bass. Prairie Lee Lake spills into Lake Jacomo.