Snake Creek Recreation Area

30 07 2014
Snake River Recreation Area

Snake River Recreation Area

We’re parked at Snake Creek SRA, a South Dakota state campground right on the banks of the Missouri River on Lake Francis Case.  We’re in site #40 which shares a small cul-de-sac with 3 other back-in sites.  Site #41 is the only other site occupied on our quiet cul-de-sac.  There are about 90 sites here in the North Campground and another 20 or so in the South Campground. Most sites provide 20, 30 and 50 amp electric service only.  There’s a dump station and two threaded fresh water fill stations across the highway to the north near the marina.

In 1804, the Lewis and Clark expedition passed through this area and noted the famed “Burning Bluffs”.  We now know that oil-rich shale can ignite internally and spew smoke and steam from the bluffs along the river creating the look of fire without the flame.  Remembered for his uncanny ability to get lost, young Private George Shannon first separated from the expedition in this area and nearly starved to death before being reunited 12 days later.

The campground is nicely shaded, and the tall grasses recently mowed proving a city-park like appearance.  The facilities including a shower house and restrooms look well kept although we didn’t use them.  There are a few network TV channels available over-the-air in a north-west direction and full 4G T-Mobile service and full 3G Verizon broadband available.  Located in between the North and South campgrounds is a large, clean beach area. This quiet oasis in the middle of South Dakota corn country is a welcome retreat – we’d stay here again.

 

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