Buryanek Recreation Area

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Buryanek Recreation Area

South Dakota

(605) 337-2587

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Buryanek Recreation Area 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.

American Indian people had encampments in this area. In 1804, George Shannon of the Lewis and Clark expedition was found near the area after being lost for 16 days. Years later, Gregory County began mining gravel from the site. Campground development started in the early 1990s and now Buryanek takes its place as one of the great state parks along the Missouri River.

Walleye is easily the most popular catch on this reservoir of the Missouri River. Other species visitors will find on their line include smallmouth bass, northern pike, sauger, pan fish and an occasional channel catfish. The 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.

Map of Buryanek Rec. Area (SD)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.385838, -99.147062



  • Boating

    There is a boat ramp for access to the water.

  • Camping

    There are 44 camping sites, and 41 of them have access to electricity. There are showers, water, and a dump station is available at the nearby Snake Creek Recreation Area. There are also two one-room, log-style cabins with sleeping accommodations for four or five people, heating, air conditioning and electricity. The cabins are furnished with sets of bunk beds, a double bed, a table, and benches.

    The campsites are open from May to September and the cabins are open year-round. Both require fees.

  • Fishing

    There is a fish cleaning station and a boat ramp. The lake is home to walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike, sauger, and panfish. A license is required. There is also a kids' fishing pond.

  • Historic Sites

    Lewis and Clark's exploratory expedition passed through this area, with an adventure befalling 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.

  • Picnicking

    There is a picnic table with a shelter. There is also a playground.

  • RVing

    The campgrounds are open to RVs. There is a dump station nearby and access to electricity.

  • Water Sports

    There is a swimming beach, but there is no lifeguard on duty.


Buryanek is in a generally arid region, with the most rain falling in June. January is the driest month. In the summer, daytime temperatures reach as high as the 80s



Located 20 miles NW of Platte off SD Highway 44.


The closest airports are the O'Neill Muni-John L. Baker Field Airport in O'Neill, Nebraska (64 miles away) and the Huron Regional Airport in Huron, South Dakota, which is 75 miles away from Platte.

Phone Numbers


(605) 337-2587

Campground reservations

(800) 710-2267