The clear mountain waters are inviting, and the open ranges are waiting to be discovered at Custer State Park in the Black Hills. The park encompasses 71,000 acres of spectacular terrain and an abundance of wildlife. A herd of 1,300 bison roams freely throughout the park, one of the largest publically owned herds in the world. Custer State Park campgrounds offer a variety of scenic sites. Set up camp along a flowing stream, in the midst of pine forest, or near a mountain lake. Each campsite at Custer State Park has a gravel or paved camping pad, a fire grate and picnic table. Electric hookups are available in most campgrounds. One-room, log-style cabins are equipped with heating, air conditioning, electricity and a porch. Furnishings include a bunk bed, a double bed, table and benches. Whichever option you choose, making reservations is fast and easy with the online system.

During the summer season, trout fishing is perhaps one of the most popular recreational activities in Custer State Park. The park offers four mountainous lakes worth exploring in this regard. Center Lake, Legion Lake, Stockade Lake and Sylvan Lake comprise about 182 acres of crystal blue water and offer habitat for several species of fish. Whether hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, or rock climbing, find your adventure along the roads and trails. Custer State Park's early pioneers, ranchers and loggers have left behind miles of trails and backcountry roads to explore. In addition to the magnificent buffalo, other animals like pronghorn, prairie dogs, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, mountain lions and burros are found in the park.

Custer State Park is home to several unique buildings and landmarks. Walk the banks of French Creek, where Custer's expedition first discovered gold in 1874. Get a bird's-eye view from the Mount Coolidge Fire tower, discover the history at the Gordon Stockade, or tour the Badger Hole, the cabin where South Dakota's first poet laureate., Charles Badger Clark, spent the last 30 years of his life. Educational programs at the park are offered seven days a week during the summer. Pan for gold, enjoy a nature hike, go fishing, or discover the history of Custer State Park.

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5 miles E of Custer, SD off US 16A
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Additional Info

Important Dates to Remember: Sturgis Rally Aug 5-11, Custer Round-Up Sept 27th
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  • 50 Amp Available
  • Tent Sites Available
  • Group Area
  • Internet Access
  • Lake
  • Forest Areas
  • Laundry
  • Conven Store
  • Diner/Snack Bar
  • Gas
  • Dump Station
  • Picnic Area
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Horse Facility
  • ADA Accessible
  • Club/Meeting Room
  • Groups Welcome
  • Chapel Services
  • Pets Welcome
  • Resort Atmosphere
  • Quiet Atmosphere
  • Credit Crd Accepted
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  • Phone
  • Repair Services
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  • Playground
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat Rentals
  • Backpacking
  • Biking - Mountain
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating - Limited
  • Boating - Paddle
  • Boating
  • Climbing
  • Education Activity
  • Family Activity
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outdoor Games
  • Scenic Driving
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Wildlife Viewing
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  • Golfing
  • Hot Springs
  • Miniature Golf
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Father and Son trip

We are from the twin cities (mpls /st paul)It was our 1st trip kind of last minute. The stop on our way to Yellowstone. We really enjoyed the drive up to needles highway the sights were amazing.Also went into Custer for some ice cream.The next time we come we will defenanintly stay more than one day.
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We weren’t planning on stopping at Custer State Park, but are so glad we did!. We only stayed one night and are planning on going again when we have more time!
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Beautiful scenery

Extremely rude and discourteous site manager
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Greatest time spent

My family and I love,love, love staying in Custer State Park! I wish we could spend more time there. The camping cabins are always immaculate and so very comfortable. Whichever camping cabin we stay in is always a convenient distance from restrooms and showers. My only regret is the reservations for the camping cabins fill up too quickly- everyone must appreciate the same things we do!!
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