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Examiner
  • Get the family outside and enjoy some fresh air

  • Outdoor recreation

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  • Lake City Range
    and Training Center
    The Lake City Public Range and Training Center east of Missouri 7 offers a number of training options. Whether it is shooting clay pigeons, or targets on the rifle and pistol ranges, Lake City has amenities for any skill level.
    The center offers 20 covered firing positions. Targets on the rifle and pistol ranges cost $3 per hour, and the trap shooting houses run for $2 per hour per shooter, but trap shooters must provide their own clay pigeons.
    In order to maintain safety standards, eye and ear protection is strongly encouraged at all times and shooters are asked to keep the booths clean by picking up their shell casings.
    Hours are noon to 6 p.m. May 1 through Sept. 15, and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 16 through April 30. The range is open Wednesday through Sunday and special hours are provided around deer season.
    Groups wanting to use the range must schedule times in advance by contacting the training center supervisor at 816-229-4448. Group reservations are only available in the mornings.
    The center offers 100-hour, one-day hunter education classes on the second Saturday of each month. The center also offers bow hunting, turkey hunting, and National Rifle Association certification seminars. Coaching is available by appointment and shooting classes are free for women.
    To get the Lake City Range take Missouri 7 to Argo Road, then east three miles to the range which in inside Landahl Park. Lake City Range plans to move to Truman Road by late summer or early fall of 2009.
    Fleming Park
    Lake Jacomo and Blue Springs Lake
    Fleming Park encompasses both Lake Jacomo and Blue Springs Lake, and it covers more than 7,800 acres.
    The campsites at both lakes are open April 1 through Oct. 31. The prices are $24 for a full hookup, $20 for electricity and water, $17 for basic electric, and $10 for a basic tent site. To reserve a site call 816-503-4805.
    The shelter houses spread throughout Fleming Park are available May 1 through Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to sunset. For rates or to reserve a shelter house, call 816-503-4800.
    Blue Springs Lake: Blue Springs Lake covers 720 acres and offers numerous activities including jet skiing, power boating, tubing, swimming, water skiing and fishing. Available services at the marina include boat rental, lakeside gasoline pumps, concessions, fishing supplies, fishing licenses, boat ramps, bait and overnight slip rental. Make sure to bring change to feed the carp; bags of fish food are 50 cents each. The marina is open from 7 a.m. to sunset each day.
    A fish-cleaning station is provided for fishermen wanting to clean and filet their catch. Fish species include hybrid striped bass, bluegill, catfish, carp and largemouth bass.
    The beach is open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, weather permitting. Entrance costs are $3 for children 15 and younger and $5 for adults. For more information call 816-503-4800.
    Page 2 of 3 - Blue Springs Lake is at 1500 N.E. Bowlin Road. For more information call 816-795-1112.
    Lake Jacomo: Lake Jacomo covers 970 acres and offers activities such as windsurfing, sailing, boat rentals and fishing. The marina offers fishing supplies, fuel and a convenience store. The marina is open from 7 a.m. to sunset daily. Lake Jacomo has a limited-horsepower regulation, which keeps the lake still for sailboat and paddleboat use.
    Fish in the lake include crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, walleye, catfish, hybrid striped bass and carp. Dock fishing is also offered.
    Numerous recreational events are offered during the summer. The local favorite, Lake Fest, runs from 5 p.m. and ends after fireworks on Saturday June 21, weather permitting. Lake Fest features games, rides, contests, food, and a fireworks show in celebration of summer. Prices for Lake Fest are &7 per vehicle and $5 for walk-ins. For information about Lake Fest call 816-503-4876.
    Lake Jacomo is at 7401 W. Park Road. For more information call 816-795-8888.
    James A. Reed
    Memorial Wildlife
    A variety of wildlife can be viewed in the 2,064-acre area, where visitors can bird watch, hike, hunt and fish. The area offers six miles of paved and gravel roads, 13 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, and three miles of hiking-only trails.
    Fishing: 11 lakes with bass, bluegill, crappie and channel catfish. Winter trout program available. Check office for limits and details.
    Hunting: Daily tag required. Firearms that fire single projectiles are prohibited.
    Seasons:
    • Dove – noon to sunset, Monday through Friday except Labor Day, through the end of the season.
    • Rabbit- Dec. 1 through Feb. 15.
    • Squirrel- Dec. 1 through Feb. 15.
    • Waterfowl – Reservation only.
    • Deer –Managed hunt only.
    The area is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 1 through Sept. 30 and from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 1 through March 31. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Free-running pets and personal watercraft are not allowed.
    Landahl Park Reserve
    Landahl Park Reserve is a 1,397-acre county park in eastern Independence, east of Missouri 7 and south of Truman Road.
    The former Lake City Park Reserve was renamed William L. Landahl Park Reserve in honor of former Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department Director William L. Landahl.
    The park includes miles of trails for mountain biking. The park also includes horseback riding trails, soccer fields, a softball field, a picnic shelter and many picnic tables, camping, hiking, and cross country skiing in the winter.
    For more information contact Jackson County Parks and Recreation at 816-503-4805.
    Crossfire
    Recreational Center
    Crossfire Recreational Center L.L.C. is an indoor firing range for pistol and archery practice.
    Page 3 of 3 - The range offers 10 firearm-shooting lanes and a video archery system that allows users to hone their shooting skills. The firearm lanes can accommodate most pistol cartridges, .22 caliber rifles, and carbine type rifles shooting pistol ammunition. National Rifle Association training classes are available in basic pistol shooting.
    Memberships are available for $50 for one person or $85 for two people. Members shoot for $6 per day. Non-members can shoot for $8.50 per hour or $11.50 for two people per hour.
    Crossfire is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed on Mondays.
    Crossfire is at 21200 E. Truman Road in Independence. Call 816-796-0023 for more information.
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