Platte County Parks and Recreation hosts many opportunities each year. Click below to learn more about each.
For more information about sports programs in Platte County, visit www.plattesports.com.
Geocaching is an outdoor activity where participants use a GPS unit to hide and seek containers called geocaches anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers or metal boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value.
Platte County Parks also sponsors geocaching events throughout the year, including a scavenger hunt on National Trails Day. Information on Platte County geocaches can be found at www.geocaching.com. If you are interested in placing a geocache, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the park you are requesting, the general area you are wishing for and a few notes about your cache. View a copy of the Platte County Parks official geocache placement policy below.
Art in the Park
Art in the Park is an event for children and adults of all ages. Typically held on the third Saturday in April, this event gives participants the opportunity to visit with many local artists in our community. The artists give participants the opportunity to learn, make artwork, and view art displays. Art in the Park is held in the family recreation area at Platte Ridge Park. Platte County Parks, The Friends of Platte City Arts, and the Platte City YMCA all team together to make this event possible.
Platte County Parks will host two free bike rides for cyclists of all levels. The annual Tour de Platte is always held on the third Saturday in May. The Tour covers the Southern part of Platte County including Riverside, Parkville, the Line Creek Trail, etc. There are three different lengths of the tour including a 35 mile route, 18 mile route, and 10 mile route for beginners. Registration typically opens for this event on March 1st. Pedal for Platte will be held in October. This bike ride will focus on the Northern part of the county including Platte City, Camden Point, and the surrounding area. Registration will open for this event in mid-August.
Free Fishing Day
Each year, on the first Saturday after the first Monday in June, Platte County Parks partners with the Missouri Department of Conservation to offer a free fishing event at Platte Ridge Park. Fishing poles and bait are supplied, which makes for a great day of fishing for anyone interested in attending! Typically the event lasts for two hours, but if you have your own pole you can stay as long as the fish are biting! Free fishing day is always held on the free fishing weekend in Missouri, where the Department of Conservation does not require fishermen to have a fishing license.
Interested in learning how to canoe and or kayak? Not sure what boat is right for you? In July, we have the program just for you! Join us on the third Saturday in July for our free instructional canoe/kayak event at the Guy B. Park pond just 5 minutes north of Platte City. This event is designed for beginners to take to the water way in provided canoes and kayaks. Platte County Parks partners with River Run Rentals and the Missouri Department of Conservation to make this event happen. All boats and life preservers are provided and experienced floaters are present to answer any questions you may have. Life jackets will be provided for children 8 years or older, if you would like to bring a younger participant you will need to provide their own life preserver. Registration will open for this event on June 1st and is limited to the first 100 signups.
Once you have mastered your floating skills at the instructional event, you can join us for our annual Missouri River Float in September. This float trip begins on the Platte River in Farley, MO at the Schimmel City boat ramp and winds up in Parkville on the Missouri River at Platte Landing Park. The total trip is 12 miles and it typically takes around 4 hours to complete. Participants must provide their own boats, but if you don’t own one rentals are available for the float trip. Registration opens the Monday after our instructional program in July and is limited to the first 75 signups.