Platte Creek Recreation Area

Quick Facts

Platte Creek Recreation Area

South Dakota

(605) 337-2587

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Things To Do


Fishing and water recreation draw visitors to Platte Creek Recreation Area to enjoy Lake Francis Case on the Missouri River. Visitors to Platte Creek enjoy natural features similar to those at Snake Creek Recreation Area, but from a quieter campground. The earliest maps refer to this stream as Fish Creek. After the 1880s, the creek was renamed to honor Bernard Pratte, who operated a fur post near the mouth of the creek. A spelling error forever changed the name to Platte Creek. It was in this area that Lewis and Clark were told to watch for the "burning bluffs."

Map of Platte Creek Rec. Area (SD)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.391807, -99.116081



  • Boating

    A boat ramp provides access to the water.

  • Camping

    There are 54 campsites.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is allowed on the creek and there is a fish cleaning station.

  • RVing

    RVs are welcome in the campground.


The park is open year-round. The park offers the most opportunities for recreation in warmer months.



Located 8 miles west and 10 miles south of Platte of SD Highway 44.

Phone Numbers


(605) 337-2587

Campground reservations

(800) 710-2267