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Platte Creek Recreation Area

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Fishing and water recreation draws a quieter crowd to Platte Creek Recreation Area to enjoy Lake Francis Case on the Missouri River. Visitors to Platte Creek enjoy natural features similar to those at Snake Creek, but from a quieter campground with similar amenities.

The earliest maps refer to this stream as Fish Creek. After the 1880s, the creek was renamed to honor Bernard Pratte, who operated a fur post near the mouth of the creek. A spelling error forever changed the name to Platte Creek. It was in this area, also, that Lewis and Clark were told to watch for the "burning bluffs."

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  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Historical interest
  • Swimming
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  • Daily: $8 per vehicle
  • Annual: $36 first vehicle | $18 for second vehicle | $80 transferable license
  • Campsites - electrical: $20 per night
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Park Specs

Open: Year-round. Between Oct. 1 and April 30, showers, flush toilets and other water systems may be closed. Please contact the park directly for current status. Vault toilets usually remain open.

Park Size: 36 campsites


8 miles west and 10 miles south of Platte of SD Hwy 44, or 6 miles south and 8 miles west of Platte on Hwy 50.

Nearest Town: Platte

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Make Reservations

Make reservation online or call 1.800.710.2267.


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Contact Info

Platte Creek Recreation Area
35910 282nd Street
Platte, SD 57369
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  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Flush toilets/showers
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
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Park Rating

ADA / Accessible

  • Camping Site
  • Showers
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GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 43.29853
Longitude: -98.99765
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