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Things to know before you fish:

An image of families fishing at the end of the pier at Waterfall Park.
  • All Independence lakes and ponds are catch and release, unless limit signs are placed around the water.
  • Pick up your cut fishing line and place it in the trash or recycle it to protect wildlife.
  • Pack out what you pack in. Keep our parks and lakes clean for other anglers and our wildlife.
  • Use lead free tackle and sinkers. Lead is toxic to humans and wildlife.
  • Lower fish gently into the water instead of tossing them, which can shock or injure them.
  • Boats are not allowed on Independence lakes and ponds.
  • Don not release bait into our streams and lakes.
  • Cast from durable bank areas to prevent soil erosion.
  • Do not feed the geese and ducks around the water. It is unhealthy for wildlife.
  • A Missouri fishing license is required for those ages 16-64.

Independence Fishing Parks

A small pond is accessible for public fishing from dawn until dusk.
Address: 1700 Dickinson Rd, Independence, MO 64050

A small pond is located at the park with fishing open to the public from dawn until dusk.
Address: 11301 E 35th St S, Independence, MO 64052

  • Address: 1601 S Speck Rd, Independence, MO 64057
  • There are two small fishing lakes, Lake Lorraine and Lake Bullhead, at this 86.5 acre park. 
  • The lakes are stocked each year and bass, bluegill and catfish are frequently caught.

There is an 18-acre fishing lake with a fishing pier located at this park.
Address: 4501 S Bass Pro Drive, Independence, MO 64055

Off-Leash Dog Parks

An image of six dogs playing inside the off-leash fenced area at Santa Fe Park with trees in the background.
  • Independence offers designated leash free zones at Santa Fe Park and Fairmount Park.
  • Please adhere to the posted rules and regulations. 
  • Pet owners should control their dogs when off leash and accept full responsibility and liability for their dog's actions.
  • Pet owners must pick up and properly dispose of any and all fecal matter left by their pet.

Skate Parks

An image of a young man on his skateboard skating at the skate park inside of Hill Park.
  • Independence skate parks are open daily until dusk.
  • Hill Park has a custom 10,000 sq. ft. concrete skate park created for both beginners and advanced skaters. It features a 6 ft. and 9 ft. bowl along with a variety of street and transition skate features like rails, stairs and grind blocks for street ridging. It was designed by one of the nation's premier skate park designers, SITE Design group. 
  • Santa Fe Park has a smaller concrete skate zone created for all ages.

Water Playgrounds

An image of McCoy Park water playground with water coming out of splash pad features on a partly cloudy day.
  • Spray grounds at McCoy Park and Rotary Park are on concrete pads with splash features that spray, shoot or mist water for kids to enjoy. 
  • Open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 
  • The spray grounds close due to inclement weather and Monday mornings for preventative maintenance or Tuesday mornings for maintenance when Monday falls on a Holiday. 
  • For more information, please contact us at 816-325-7370.