Lake Jacomo, Missouri, USA

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Fifty years old and going strong would be a good motto for artificial Lake Jacomo. Located about 15 miles east of Kansas City in the Northwest Missouri region, Lake Jacomo was created for recreation and does the job with a flair. Located near Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Lake Jacomo was more than 20 years in the planning stages but finally began construction in the mid-1950s. So great was the anticipation that the local sailing club was formed before the lake had filled. The sailing club is still there; the lake has a 10-horsepower limit on motors, giving sailors more open waters on which to trim their sails. The nearly thousand-acre lake sprawls with a series of arms, coves and open stretching against a backdrop of heavily wooded shoreline broken only by recreational facilities created by Jackson County. The name Jacomo is a combination of the location (Jackson County, Missouri), and the Jackson County Parks Department does its best to see that all recreational tastes are accounted for.

Located entirely within Fleming Park, Lake Jacomo shares top billing with neighboring Blue Springs Lake just below the dam. Power boating and fast-paced water sports are limited to Blue Springs Lake, leaving Lake Jacomo as the haven for sailboats, fishermen and nature admirers. A designated Sail Boat Cove shows many sailboats at anchor, with mooring buoys and dry sail lot. Regattas are scheduled for warm summer days, and a younger generation learns sailing skills from the older generation of members. The South Boat Dock has room for 300 boats, while the marina offers the largest boat rental in the Kansas City area. The full-service marina has food, fuel, bait, boating supplies, a boat pump-out station and sells fishing licenses and boating permits. Occasional boaters can rent pontoons, canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, fishing boats and bass boats here. On weekdays the marina’s dock is open for fishing. And the marina even offers lake cruises for those wishing to get the big picture of what the lake looks like. Boat launching at the several ramps around the lakes is available. All park visitors must pay a small fee, and all private boats must buy a one-day boat pass.

Anglers love Lake Jacomo for its variety of species open to fishing. Largemouth bass is the main target for some fishermen, but others enjoy angling for hybrid striped bass, walleye, bluegill, catfish, crappie and even carp. A 1000-foot ‘fishing trail’ along the shore offers plenty of bank fishing and is great for children. Although parts of the lake sometimes freeze over in cold winters, the ice is never considered safe, so ice fishing is prohibited. Lake Jacomo Campground holds 57 campsites suitable for RVs and tent campers. An attendant is on hand to assist campers in solving problems and locating facilities such as restrooms, showers, firewood and ice vending. Plenty of shaded picnic tables with grills are provided along with a playground area. The campground next door at Blue Springs Lake has laundry facilities. There is no swimming beach at Lake Jacomo, but the beach at Blue Springs Lake is open to all park visitors.

The two lakes at Fleming Park complement each other. While newer Blue Springs Lake offers all of the fast-paced water fun, Lake Jacomo provides the quiet refuge so many are looking for. A series of trails within the park support both walking and mountain biking. Fleming Park covers over 7800 acres, nearly 1700 of them water. Several nature trails lead walkers through natural habitat around interesting geological formations, through wet meadows and under the forest canopy. Trails also lead to some of the other attractions within the park, such as the Missouri Town 1855 living farm exhibit. Here, 25 restored buildings and costumed interpreters depict farming and home-making skills common during the period. The living history museum is popular with school children who often arrive on school field trips.

Another point of interest within Fleming Park is the Kemper Outdoor Education Center. A trail leads to the nature center where a butterfly garden, water gardens, rock and fossil displays, wildlife exhibits, arboretum, natural resource library and large pond offer visitors all sorts of nature-themed activities. Also within the park is a 100-acre Native Hooved Animal Enclosure that holds elk, deer and bison. It is no wonder that Flaming Park receives over a million visitors a year.

The only form of lodging at Lake Jacomo is camping. However, the surrounding area is suburban, and many large hotels are found along the nearby highways. Some housing developments are close to Lake Jacomo and may get a glimpse of the shimmering water between the trees. There is no shortage of bed & breakfasts or guest rentals in the area. And the City of Lee’s Summit has several points of interest that are well worth a visit. One of the biggest attractions for children is an amusement center with go-karts, bumper cars, miniature golf, ‘gem mining’, climbing walls and children’s educational entertainment center. A water park and a skate center in town add to the fun.

A few miles from Lake Jacomo, history buffs won’t want to miss the Lone Jack Battlefield Museum and Soldiers Cemetery. The cemetery holds the graves of both Union and Confederacy soldiers who died during two local battles, and is one of the few that has not been designated a National Cemetery. The Battlefield Museum holds dioramas, exhibits and archives depicting these battles and the area’s history as a divided battleground state. With Kansas City only a few miles to the west, there is no shortage of cultural venues, night life or elegant dining. Lake Jacomo is the best of both worlds: nature and culture.

Things to do at Lake Jacomo

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Museum
  • Playground
  • Miniature Golf

Fish species found at Lake Jacomo

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Carp
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Striped Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Walleye

Lake Jacomo Photo Gallery

  • Lake Jacomo sailboat dock

  • A storm was brewing bringing weather conditions that created a light fog. A view of a calm cove at Lake Jacomo in Jackson County Missouri

Lake Jacomo Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: Jackson County Parks & Recreation

Surface Area: 970 acres

Shoreline Length: 19 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 834 feet

Completion Year: 1959

Drainage Area: 26 sq. miles

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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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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".

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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