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Description - 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.

Attractions - 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.

Dock 44 Marina offers a restaurant, c-store and floating fuel dock. The facility is privately operated under agreement with the Division of Parks and Recreation. Contact by phone: (605) 337-3005

In 1804 and again in 1806, the Lewis and Clark expedition traveled through the area, where they watched for the "burning bluffs" and for their missing crew member George Shannon. Shannon was found near here after being lost for nearly two weeks.

Recreation - Hiking. Historic interest. Picnic shelter. Playground equipment. Kids' fishing pond. Game/equipment checkout.

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

Fishing/Boating: Fish cleaning station. Full-service marina and boat ramps. Fishing license required. Kids' fishing pond.

Marina/Restaurant: Dock 44 Marina (605) 337-3005. Offers boat slip rental, bait & tackle, boat rentals, concessions, restaurant and lounge.

Location - Located 14 miles west of Platte, SD, off SD Highway 44

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Snake Creek Recreation Area , 35316 SD Hwy 44 , Platte, South Dakota, 57369, Phone: (605) 337-2587
, SnakeCreek@state.sd.us

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