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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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    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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    Winter camping

    Great place to spend some winter fun time. We caught trout thru the ice, saw Elk, Big Horn sheep. Lots of deer and Buffalo. Cabins are warm and comfortable. Wintertime Bon fires are the best.
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    Custer SP Summer 2019

    Highly recommend this park to anyone. We had a great experience.
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    Problems new campers may have

    We arrived at night and had quite a difficult time finding our cabin, the directions weren’t very explanatory. Finally after calling the number available to us, someone came by and showed us where to go. There were two options as far as our cabin. We did not realize that the main lodge would be nearly closed. Could not even get a bottle of water. The woman that was sitting at her desk and in the gift store, was not only rude but very unhelpful. I saw the drink machine , and remarked oh there’s no water left all she said was, no. She was obviously not happy to be there. She infatically said they were closed, even though they were holding a benefit both nights we were there , so obviously they must’ve had water somewhere. They were having dinner.… The park manager , was very very nice. Could not help us with water either. He showed us a Spicket outside. We did not partake. The kitchen staff was exceptional, they gave us water and Let us heat up our dinner. Very Kind and professional & friendly to my husband . If I may suggest that you let future campers know, that the lodge will be closed, as you know it’s quite a distance to go to get provisions. Secondly send a map via email so that campers can find their cottage more easily.
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    Sturgis Vacation

    We stayed at Custer for the Sturgis Rally in 2019. The campsite was very well maintained. Our first day was greeted by deer grazing near our camp site. THe facilities were great and maintained daily. The campsite was close to all major attractions but still secluded enough to enjoy the quiet surroundings. We would definitely stay here again when we come back to South Dakota.
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