Blue Springs Lake, Missouri, USA

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Located in Jackson County, Missouri, Blue Springs Lake provides a relaxing retreat minutes from Kansas City’s urban setting. Lying within Jackson County’s Fleming Park, Blue Springs Lake is one of two lakes, and multiple attractions, that draw more than 1,300,000 visitors a year. Just 14 miles east of the Kansas state line and the western edge of Missouri’s fertile farm land, Blue Springs Lake is the ideal destination for family day trips, extended vacations or a place to call home.

Part of Missouri’s historic Northwestern Region, the story of Blue Springs Lake tells the tale of America’s westward migration. Originally inhabited by people of the Missouri and Osage Nations, Lewis and Clark’s 1803 exploration of the Missouri River brought the party of explorers through what would become Jackson County. Within decades, America was on the move. Eight miles northwest of Blue Springs Lake, Independence, Missouri became the “jumping off point” for immigrants following the Santa Fe, Oregon and California Trails. Thirsty travelers were attracted to the clear spring waters of nearby Little Blue River. The growing need to supply immigrants attracted businesses, a mill and growing settlement around the Blue Springs. Today the growing community of Blue Springs has a population approaching 55,000 residents.

Reaching full pool in 1990, 720-acre Blue Springs Lake is the smaller of two lakes contained within 7,800-acre Fleming Park. The three-mile long lake lies immediately north of 970-acre Lake Jacomo. One glance at Fleming Park’s family-friendly attractions and well-planned amenities, and it will be easy to see why the park is growing in popularity. The family and group picnic shelters set along the northeast shore of Blue Springs Lake make an excellent “home base” for a day at the park. Move down the western shore and you find a jet-ski landing for your water craft, dry sail for your boat, beach for swimming, one of two marinas and park campgrounds.

Water sports and land adventures continue around Lake Jacomo. The northeast end of Lake Jacomo is designated as a “disabled fishing area.” Work your way south from the balloon port at the northern tip of Lake Jacomo and you will find a second marina, dry sail, boat ramps, youth primitive camping area, electric and non-electric campgrounds, and additional ramps and boat docks. The eastern shore provides a mix of water and land activities. One attraction leads into another beginning with Fleming East Nature Preserve, a dog training area, and a sailboat launch and mooring area. Attractions found at the south end of the park go far beyond usual lakeside activities. You’ll feel as if you have stepped back in time at the Native Hoofed Animal Enclosure where visitors can observe grazing bison, elk and white-tailed deer. You do step back in time at Missouri Town 1855. This living history museum provides interpretive tours of 25 buildings depicting Missouri farm life from 1820-1860. The Kemper Outdoor Education Center displays multiple natural history exhibits and maintains nature trails, butterfly gardens, an arboretum and day camp for local youth. The Center’s buildings provide an excellent site for family reunions and other large gatherings. But wait, that’s not it. At the far west side of the park you will find soccer fields, a remote control flying field and Audubon library for bird watchers.

Fleming Park offers non-stop fun, but water remains the central attraction along the tree-lined shores of Blue Springs Lake. Water sports include swimming, boating, water skiing, tubing, jet skiing, canoeing and fishing. Boat rentals are available along with the sale of tackle and bait. A fish cleaning station is available for those who catch some of Blue Springs Lake’s hybrid striped bass, bluegill, largemouth bass, carp or catfish.

Fleming Park and Blue Springs Lake are surrounded by the communities of Blue Springs, Lake Tapawingo, and Lee’s Summit. With populations ranging from under 1,000 to over 100,000, excellent shopping, fine dining, relaxing spas, and challenging golf courses are easily accessible. The hospitality and charm of lakeside neighborhoods can be found among the lake-front real estate properties in Lake Tapawingo and Lakewood Lakes in Lee’s Summit. Additional vacation rentals and real estate properties offer perfect accommodations for a trip to the country setting of Blue Springs Lake or Kansas City’s museums, galleries or professional sporting events.

If you are looking for more solitude than Blue Springs Lake can offer, outlying attractions include several conservation areas. Among them is the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Refuge. Located only a few miles southeast of Blue Springs Lake, much of the 3,084-acre refuge is handicap accessible. Bird watching is a popular attraction with over 225 species identified within the refuge. Nature lovers will enjoy blissfully remote bicycle, hiking, and horseback trails. Hunting deer and waterfowl is permitted along with fishing bass, catfish, crappie, trout and sunfish on their 12 small lakes. Jim Bridger Urban Conservation Area borders Fleming Park, southeast of Blue Springs Lake. Swimming, camping and waterskiing are not permitted but pole and line fishing offer the opportunity to catch black bass, catfish, hybrid stripped bass and crappie. Seasonal deer and waterfowl hunting are permitted. Additional hiking, hunting and fishing trips can be made less than five miles northeast of Blue Springs Lake at Burr Oaks Woods Conservation Nature Center. Visitors will want to check their event calendar for educational activities scheduled throughout the year.

Blue Springs Lake and the amenities of Fleming Park provide all the attractions one might find in a pre-planned vacation package. Just find your accommodations and let the fun begin. Come for a day or a lifetime and enjoy the pleasures of a tranquil lake; explore the legends and lore of the immigrant trails; or get a taste of city life. Find your vacation rental or real estate property near Blue Springs Lake and stay at the center of it all.

Things to do at Blue Springs Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Tubing
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • Museum
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Blue Springs Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Carp
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Trout

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    Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

    Water Level Control: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    Surface Area: 722 acres

    Shoreline Length: 12 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 802 feet

    Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 0 feet

    Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 820 feet

    Maximum Depth: 28 feet

    Water Volume: 10,800 acre-feet

    Completion Year: 1990

    Drainage Area: 33 sq. miles

    Trophic State: Eutrophic

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    Trophic State | LakeLubbers

    Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

    An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

    A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

    A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

    The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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    Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

    Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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    Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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    Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

    Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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    Completion Year | LakeLubbers

    This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

    The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

    You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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    Water Volume | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

    You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

    Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

    1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

    The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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    Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

    You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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    Average Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

    Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

    Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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    Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

    At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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    Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

    Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

    When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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    Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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    Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

    This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

    A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

    When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

    You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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    Surface Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

    The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

    You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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    Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

    This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

    Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

    "Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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    Lake Type | LakeLubbers

    There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

    - A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

    - A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

    - A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

    "Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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