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Snake Creek Recreation Area

Snake Creek

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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DOT Road Report

Snake Creek Recreation Area

35316 SD Hwy 44
Platte, SD 57369

GPS Coordinates

Lat: 43.389979
Long: -99.119491

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Lodging Info

Facilities / Services

  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campground
  • Camping cabins
  • Drinking water
  • Dump station
  • Electric campsites
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Fishing pole checkout
  • Game checkout
  • Marina
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Resort
  • Vault toilets

  • Kids' Fishing Pond

ADA / Accessible

  • Camping Sites (5E, 126E)
  • Camping Cabins (C1, C2, C4, C-5, C7)
  • Picnic Shelter


Dock 44 Marina is privately operated under agreement with the Division of Parks and Recreation.

Contact by phone: 605.337.3080


Dock 44 Prospectus

  • Marina
  • Cabins
  • Restaurant
  • Convenience Store
  • Floating Fuel Dock

Park Specs


South central South Dakota: 14 miles west of Platte off SD Hwy 44


Location Map
Campground map
Trail map and guide
Walking map

Area Attractions

Nearest Town



Camping fees are subject to sales tax.

Park entrance license required year-round


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