News & Announcements

Announcements from Smithville Marine and the boating industry

They’re back! Peregrine falcons are laying eggs and preparing to rear young, and people who enjoy watching wildlife can see them online. The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) falcon restoration program and partners are providing live views of two nests in the Kansas City area via internet links. The falcons that are viewable online began tending eggs in recent days at the American Century Investments building and at the Iatan Power Plant, said Joe DeBold, MDC urban wildlife biologist. Biologists […]
If blue skies and sunshine have your family thinking about getting on the water, it’s time to think about boating education, too. It won’t be long before you’re enjoying a day of boating, and your teen asks to take the wheel. To ensure everyone is happy and safe, sign your teenagers up for a boating education class now, so they can get straight to the good times with you this summer. To encourage boaters to sign up for a boating […]
Want to fish, or teach a kid to fish, but don’t have the gear? The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) can help through its free Rod and Reel Loaner Program. MDC’s Rod and Reel Loaner Program offers free “loaner” fishing gear at more than 100 locations around the state, including many libraries, MDC offices and nature centers, some state parks, and several marinas. For a list of MDC Rod and Reel Loaner locations, visit MDC online at In addition […]
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free Discover Nature — Girls Camp June 26-28 at the Heit’s Point Lutheran Camp near Lincoln in Benton County. MDC is now accepting registrations for the camp, with a March 31 deadline for applying. The three-day, two-night camp introduces girls ages 11-15 to outdoor skills such as fishing, firearm safety, target shooting, and water safety. Experts provide a supportive learning environment and the chance to actively participate in activities such as […]
February Boating News Multiply Your Savings With Boat Show Specials On Remaining 2017 Boats and Outboards! There is something better than Boat Show Deals on new boats. It’s when those boats are remaining New 2017 Models — great in-stock discounts and you get all the Boat Show Deals on the boat and the outboard. There’s just one drawback — when they are sold, the savings are over. Check it out today and see how you can beat the Boat Show Deals with […]
In support of Ranger’s 2018 Retail Sales Programs for the boat show season, Smithville Marine is celebrating its second year under new ownership with expanded rigging options for tournament anglers purchasing high-end, high-performance bass boats. According to Kent Hinz who owns Smithville Marine with his wife Stacie, “This year we’ve brought our high-end Rangers into the dealership with rigging that allows us to customize the electronics, trolling motor and the outboard options. We are working closely this year with Lowrance […]
As they enter their second year as the new owners of Smithville Marine, Kent and Stacie Hinz are expanding the boat line-up to include a broader selection of recreational boats. According to Kent, “Smithville Marine was founded on supporting the tournament and pleasure angler with high-performance bass and fishing boats, and we’ll always support that legacy. However, Smithville Marine has a unique role in serving the boating community in northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas. We want to be a destination […]
The Department of the Interior has named the Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge near Mound City, Missouri, as one of the top 20 public lands to explore this winter. Known as a major bird refuge the site also hosts large otter populations. “One of nature’s most social and playful creatures, river otters have big personalities and even bigger appetites. Often seen in groups, they can be observed hunting and frolicking year-round at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge. In winter, you […]
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Geary State Fishing Lake in Geary County. Zebra mussel larvae, also called veligers, were detected in routine samples collected by KDWPT staff. With this discovery, staff returned to the lake and located an established population of adult zebra mussels. Zebra mussels are just one of the non-native aquatic nuisance species (ANS) that threaten our waters and native wildlife. To monitor their occurrence, […]