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. Modern-day travelers can book campsites and cabins online using the handy online system. The system is fast, easy-to-use and available 24 hours a day. Both the park and the cabins are open year-round to take advantage of the changing seasons.
The three cozy cabins have contemporary touches, like heating, air conditioning and electricity. A family can sleep comfortably, then dine outdoors using the fire grate and picnic table. Make sure to pack cooking utensils, sleeping bags and linens and a container for water. Amenities of Buryanek Recreation Area include a boat ramp, beach, dump station, fish cleaning station, playground and picnic shelter. Bring your fishing gear to lure walleye, smallmouth bass, northern pike, sauger, pan fish and channel catfish.
The Lewis and Clark expedition has forever left its mark on this area with the story of 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.