Best Places To Kayak In Kansas City

Fleming Park, MO

Fleming Park is an enormous 7,800-acre public park around 20 miles outside of Kansas City in Blue Springs, MO.

Lake of the Woods, MO

Swope Park is larger than New York City’s Central Park and is the pride and joy of KC’s parks and recreation system.

Longview Lake, MO

Located in Longview Lake Park, Longview Lake is a 930-acre lake surrounded by softball complexes.

Kansas River, MO

There are around 20 launch sites along the Kansas River and plenty of places within the city and on the outskirts to rent kayaks.

Lake of the Ozarks, MO

While Lake of the Ozarks is a substantial 2.5-hour drive from Kansas City, it’s a spectacular State Park.

Clinton State Park, KS

Located in Lawrence, Kansas, around a 40-minute drive from downtown Kansas City, Clinton State Park.

Watkins Mill State Park, MO

A mere 25 minutes outside downtown Kansas City, Watkins Mill State Park lies in Lawson, MO.

Missouri River, MO

The Missouri River is an iconic historical system that served as the entry point for Lewis and Clark’s famed western pioneer expedition in 1804.

Smithville Lake, MO

Located 15 minutes north of downtown Kansas City, Smithville Lake is one of the largest lakes on our list at 7,200 acres.

Shawnee Mission Lake, KS

Shawnee Mission Park is a lovely state park 30 minutes outside of Kansas City on the Kansas side with a disc golf course, dog park.

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