Snake Creek State Recreation Area

Snake Creek State Recreation Area


Platte, SD

Snake Creek Recreation Area, on Lake Francis Case, is located near Platte, SD.

Lightning or chemical reactions can ignite the oil-bearing shale on the bluffs sometimes causing them to smoke for years. The Lewis and Clark Expedition were told to watch for these “burning bluffs” as they passed through this area.  

There is an interpretive sign near the park telling of their lost (and found) comrade, Private George Shannon.