PIERRE, S.D. – Visitors to Farm Island Recreation Area near
Pierre and Platte Creek Recreation Area near Platte will finally
get a chance to bring out the campers. Select campsites will be
available for camping starting Wednesday, Aug. 24.
“The water is going down on the Missouri River, and we are able
to open some campsites,” said state Park Director Doug Hofer. “As
releases from the Missouri River dams continue to decline, more
park facilities will become available.”
The east campground at Farm Island Recreation Area will open 17
campsites and three camping cabins. Electricity will not be
immediately available, however.
“We will not be able to open a comfort station or the dump
station due to the effects of the flood, but vault toilets and a
water hydrant will be available to campers,” said Farm Island
Manager Pat Thompson.
Although campsite electricity is not expected to be on until
Labor Day weekend at Farm Island, Thompson hopes to get it restored
earlier. The three camping cabins will not be available for rentals
until they have power.
Platte Creek Recreation Area will open 14 electrical campsites
on Aug. 24.
“We had some damage to our comfort station, so that will not be
open,” said District Park Supervisor Dave Enke. “Our camper dump
station will be open, and we’ll have vault toilets and water
Fishing has been good in the area, and the Platte Creek boat
ramp and fish cleaning station are open, Enke said.
Camping will be available on a first-come, first-served basis
starting Aug. 24 at both Platte Creek and Farm Island. Reservations
are now being taken for Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-4, at both
Boat ramps at both Platte Creek and Farm Island are open, and
other ramps on the Missouri are opening up daily.
Campsites at Buryanek Recreation Area west of Platte re-opened
last week. Additional state park facilities along the Missouri
River will be made available as high water levels recede.
To view the latest status on state park facilities along the
Missouri River, visit