Warm spring days can leave us dreaming of the sandy shores of a lake or ocean getaway. Fortunately, right here in the Kansas City area, Lake Jacomo, a gorgeous 970-acre lake nestled in the heart of Jackson County’s Fleming Park, offers a plethora of activities to satisfy the tastes of any outdoor enthusiast.
The lake officially opened to the public May 30, 1959 and was the brainchild of Harry S Truman in 1932. He loved the idea of creating a recreational lake for the citizens of Jackson County. The idea came to fruition in 1952. Seven years later it was completed and aptly name Lake Jacomo, an acronym for Jackson County, MO.
The lake offers countless activities, both on the water and off. Lake Jacomo’s limited-horsepower regulation ensures a beautiful and relaxing setting for the sailing enthusiast, those looking to enjoy a leisure pontoon, paddle board, or pedal board ride. The marina is the region’s largest boat rental facility with more than 60 watercrafts available. Fishermen can expect an exceptional experience since the lake abounds with crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, walleye, carp, and catfish. For those looking for fun beyond the lake, the area provides more than six miles of trail for hikers of all levels, and 14 picnic shelters.
Fleming Park at 7,800 acres, is Jackson County’s largest park, and it abounds with attractions:
The Lake Jacomo Campground is open from April 1 through October 31 and offers 57 campsites ranging from basic tent sites to full premier and electrical hook-ups.
Missouri Town 1855 is a living history museum composed of more than 25 reconstructed buildings dating from 1820-1860. Interpreters in period attire bring history to life through gardening, music, blacksmithing, cooking, and other 19th century lifestyle activities.
Kemper Outdoor Education Center is the site of Jacomo Summer Camp that features canoeing, swimming, archery, fishing, hiking, nature study, science projects, and field trips.
The 110-acre Native Hooved Animal Enclosure is home to bison, elk, and white-tailed deer.
Blue Springs Lake, an unlimited horsepower lake, offers a marina and campgrounds.
This year marks Lake Jacomo’s 50th anniversary, and millions of people throughout Greater Kansas City have enjoyed this jewel of Jackson County Parks. Jackson County Executive, Frank White, Jr. says, “Lake Jacomo brings back so many great memories for me. As a child, I spent many summer days on the water with my dad who would rent boats for us. In the winter, we’d cast our lines off the dock to go fishing. For many families like mine, Lake Jacomo is great way to spend quality time together, meet new people and explore the outdoors. Now as county executive, I want other children to have that same experience. I’m proud to say I am accomplishing that goal through my Kids to the Parks summer program, which takes children from the inner city to our county parks, including Lake Jacomo. They get to see new things, engage in different activities and learn about nature and wildlife. If they enjoy it, enthusiasm for the lake spreads to family and friends, allowing us all to share in its beauty. Lake Jacomo is a great community asset, and we are committed to ensuring it’s here for everyone to cherish for another 50 years.”
With so many options for relaxation and exploration, beautiful Lake Jacomo has something for everyone. Jackson County Parks and Recreation Director, Michele Newman says, “Whatever activity you choose, our top-notch staff will ensure that you MAKE YOUR DAY in our Jackson County Parks.” Visit MakeYourDayHere.com or call Lake Jacomo Marina at 816-795-8888.