Snake Creek State Recreation Area

State: South Dakota

Address 1: Located 14 miles west of Platte, SD, off SD Highway 44

City: Platte

Phone: (605) 337-2587

Open: Open May through October

Number of Sites: 115

Electric: 111

Camp URL:

Full Hook: Yes

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.

Walleye is easily the most popular catch on this reservoir of the Missouri River. Other species you’ll find on your line include smallmouth bass, northern pike, sauger, pan fish and an occasional channel catfish. Park also features a kids’ fishing pond.

The 107-mile long Lake Francis Case is surrounded by 540 miles of shoreline. Some of this shoreline hosts the “burning bluffs,” which are created by oil-bearing shale. Lightning strikes or chemical reactions ignite the shale, which may then smoke for years.

Campsites May to Sept. Cabins year-round. Group reservations available, open Nov. 1 for upcoming season.

Recreation: Camping. Cabins. Basketball. Boating. Fishing. Game/equipment checkout. Hiking. Historic interest. Picnic shelter. Playground. Swimming. Volleyball. Kids’ fishing pond. Horseshoes. Resort.

Swimming/Beaches: Swimming beach. No lifeguard on duty. Swim at your own risk.

Fishing/Boating: Fish cleaning station. Full-service marina. Boat ramps. Kids’ fishing pond. Fishing license required.