From the Big Bend of the Missouri River toward the south, here are some of the state parks and recreation areas along the river in South Dakota.
West Bend Recreation Area: Excellent walleye and small mouth bass fishing is supported by a relatively stable lake level and cool water temperatures. With most fishing done from boats, the protected marina offers convenient boat launching, regardless of the wind direction. In the autumn, hunters use this as a base camp to hunt pheasants and Canada geese.
Snake Creek Recreation Area & Buryanek Recreation Area: Lake Francis Case draws visitors to Snake Creek Recreation Area & Buryanek Recreation Area. The parks are popular with boaters and anglers, as well as 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.
Platte Creek Recreation Area: Fishing and water recreation draws a quieter crowd 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, but from a quieter campground with similar amenities.
North Wheeler Recreation Area: This small, quiet park is a great getaway for those seeking to relax. And, if your idea of relaxation involves a fishing pole, North Wheeler aims to please. With lake access between Pease Creek and Platte Creek, visitors can spend their days on the water and their night relaxing in the campground.
Pease Creek Recreation Area: With almost 600 acres to explore and easy access to the Missouri Rivers Lake Francis Case for great fishing, Pease Creek is a popular day use and camping park. The wooded terrain provides shaded campsites and hiking opportunities on the bluffs above Lake Francis Case.