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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. 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.

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    Directions

    20 miles NW of Platte, SD off SD 44
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    Amenities

    Onsite

    • 50 Amp Available
    • Tent Sites Available
    • Group Area
    • Lake
    • River
    • Firewood Available
    • Dump Station
    • Picnic Area
    • ADA Accessible
    • Pets Welcome
    • Family Park
    • Open Year Round
    • Credit Crd Accepted
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    Recreation

    Onsite

    • Beach
    • Playground
    • Boat Ramp
    • Bird Watching
    • Boating
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Sailing/Windsurfing
    • Swimming
    • Water Skiing
    • Water Sports
    • Wildlife Viewing
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    09/22/2020

    Dangerous Pathway

    After visiting Buryanek in May 2020, I emailed and received an email back from Justin Thede. High waters and fallen trees has made it nearly impossible to access the river from the north end of the campgrounds. I offered a few solutions to repair the path, or to make a new one. Thede stated that we will "take into considerations my ideas". Well, absolutely NOTHING has been done. In fact, the situation is worse. Someone is going to get seriously hurt using the horrible obstacle course to try to get to the water. Why?? When someone gets injured, who is liable?? The State has been warned, and decided to absolutely nothing to remedy the mess. I'm sure Covid could be used as an excuse. Not in this case. If two state workers went out with a chain saw and a BobCat, in a couple of hours a safe, reliable, affordable path could be created. Again, someone is going to be hurt. Why?? Campers should be treated with respect and a heavy emphasis on safety. That is not the case here. Create a safe path. Humans are in danger - something that can easily be avoided.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    09/22/2020

    First time

    Reserved G1 online and received confirmation. Arrived at approximately 6:30pm on day of reservation (Saturday). Upon arrival the site was occupied by a large group of people with four vehicles, a generator, camper and tent. Rather than engaging in conversation with the group we decided to go to the camp host first and double check there wasn’t a double booked or something else beyond anyone’s control. Although there was a vehicle with state park emblems on it no one was at the site. We called the phone number on our reservation and no one answered. We decided to go check the other group sites G2 &G3 to see if they were occupied/reserved. G3 was not so we settled there and had a great time due to the natural splendor of the Missouri River. We called the number on our reservation again and left a message explaining the situation and asked that if someone who rightfully reserved G3 showed up we would be happy to leave however we would need someone to address the occupants in the site that we reserved G1 so we could stay there as we paid for it. No such issues arose and we left around noon the next day. Overall very beautiful area, very poor service and frustration with occupants of reserved sites. Also no fire wood was available.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    09/14/2020

    Sept 2020 visit

    My parents met my boyfriend I at the Buryanek Rec area. We live in Rapid City and they live in Yankton so this was a nice half-way point. We stayed in a cabin the first night (+ tent spot for dog and human) and we all tented for one night. Pros: The modern bathrooms and showers were super clean. The Buryanek Rec Area is a few miles off the main hiqhway so there is almost no noise and light pollution from the HWY. Snake Creek is closer and you can hear the road from almost anywhere in the Snake Creek campground. Pretty sunsets, the Missouri is right there at your cabin door. Wow, the stars. Cons: Tons of flies, they didn't bite or anything but they landed on everything. There is a flood light or some kind of light in the center of the campground which I can only imagine is pretty annoying if you get a camping spot underneath it. I'm a little perplexed that light was out there, people should know to take a flashlight when they camp. Right? There are not real hiking trails that we could find in the area (we did the trail at Snake Creek). Not much to do if you do not have a boat or fish and its a bit to cold to swim. If we had a camper or indoor space, reading and relaxing would have been nice but the flies were to annoying to enjoy a book outside. The cost is kind of high for this type of campground. Most campgrounds if you are paying for a site you do not have to pay the entrance fee. We got a cabin ($55), tent spot two nights ($25) and two cars ($8 per day or $20 for 7 days).. Well over $100.00 for four adults and a dog to be out there for a weekend. I've camped all over the west and read reviews about this spot being expensive and I didn't really think much of it until I added it all up.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    09/03/2020

    Amazing views!

    We got there and went straight to the site. It was easy enough to get to. The views of the water were amazing. The bathhouse was clean and had plenty of hot water. The campsite was well maintained and clean. I would come back and enjoy more time there.
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