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Snake Creek Recreation Area

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Lake Francis Case draws visitors to Snake Creek Recreation Area. The park is popular with boaters and anglers, as well those looking for scenic beauty along the Missouri River. History buffs will enjoy knowing that the Lewis and Clark expedition traveled through the area, where they were told to watch for "burning bluffs" along the river.

The Lewis and Clark expedition has forever left its mark on this area with the story of Private George Shannon. Shannon, the youngest member of the expedition at 19 years old, became lost when he was sent to fetch strayed horses. Thinking the crew had moved up river, Shannon raced to meet the boats. When he was found exhausted and starving two weeks later, he quickly learned that the expedition had been downstream from him the entire time.

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Activities

  • Basketball
  • Basketball Checkout
  • Biking (on park roads)
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Pole Checkout
  • Hiking
  • Historical Interest
  • Horseshoe Checkout
  • Horseshoes
  • Life Jacket Checkout
  • Picnicking
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Volleyball Checkout
  • Walking (on park roads)
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Upcoming Events

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Fees

  • Daily: $8 per vehicle
  • Annual: $36 first vehicle | $18 for second vehicle | $80 transferable license
  • Campsites - electrical: $26 per night
  • Campsites - non-electrical: $22 per night
  • Camping Cabins: $55 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: 2 campgrounds with 115 campsites and 10 cabins (each sleep 4 people)

Directions:

14 miles west of Platte off SD Hwy 44. 

Nearest Town: Platte

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Make Reservations

Make reservation online or call 1.800.710.2267.

Contact Info

Snake Creek Recreation Area
35316 SD Hwy 44
Platte, SD 57369
605.337.2587
Email: SnakeCreek@state.sd.us
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Amenities

  • ADA/Accessible Features
  • Basketball Hoop(s)
  • Boat Ramp(s)
  • Campground(s)
  • Camping Cabin(s)
  • Concessionaire Facility
  • Concessions
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electrical Campsite(s)
  • Fish Cleaning Station(s)
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Hiking Trail(s)
  • Historical Site(s)
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground(s)
  • Shore Fishing Access
  • Showers
  • Swim Beach(es)
  • Vault Toilets (open year-round)
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Park Rating


ADA / Accessible

  • Boat Ramp Access
  • Camping Cabin(s)
  • Campsite(s)
  • Fish Cleaning Station(s)
  • Flush Toilets
  • Group Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Showers
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GPS Coordinates

Latitude: 43.38998
Longitude: -99.11949
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