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    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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    Directions

    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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    Amenities

    Onsite

    • 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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    Nearby

    • Phone
    • Repair Services
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    Recreation

    Onsite

    • 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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    Nearby

    • Golfing
    • Hot Springs
    • Miniature Golf
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    A minusOverall Rating
    07/22/2019

    This Park Should Be On Your List!

    Custer is one of our all time favorite places. We have had great campsites, friendly and knowledgeable rangers, and some of the best wildlife viewing and photography opportunities of anywhere we have been. Can’t recommend it highly enough!
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    A minusOverall Rating
    07/18/2019

    Great Place

    We always enjoy our time at Custer. Cabins are simple but there are perfect for a good nights sleep. Looking forward to our next visit.
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    07/17/2019

    Overnight

    Great site with a nice lake nearby. We loved the walk to the lake and up in the woods.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    07/16/2019

    Summer 2019

    We always enjoy our two week vacation out in the Hills, camping at Stockade Lake South. This year was no different. It is a quiet campground with families sharing our interest for relaxation. The only thing that was a little different this summer, was that the host and hostess really didn't engage in conversations with the campers (unless it was a camper that you drive, or a very fancy one). The past years the host and hostess were so friendly and welcoming, it was just a little disappointing. The gentleman that was the custodian, was very friendly and stopped for a few minutes most everyday. He also did a great job of keeping the facilities clean! We appreciated his friendliness! We hope to be back again next summer!
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