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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
    08/20/2018

    Loved it!

    We planned our trip to South Dakota very quickly. We weren't sure where we were going to stay or anything about South Dakota camping. We had such a wonderful time in Custer Park that we have discussed going back again another time and staying at our same camp ground. The facilities were clean and the camping spots were well maintained. We also loved how close we were to everything. We were able to visit Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, The Cosmos, and many others. We will definitely visit again!!!
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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/20/2018

    Amazing experience!

    Before visiting South Dakota our kids were primarily interested in Mt. Rushmore. We were caught off-guard by the beauty and expansiveness of Custer State Park. We could have spent much longer just visiting various areas within the park. On our trip we also really enjoyed using Custer State Park as a home base for exploring not only Mt. Rushmore but also Crazy Horse Memorial, Wind Cave National Park, and Jewel Cave National Monument. There is so much to do in this lovely region!
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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/20/2018

    Great family trip

    Was our first long camping trip. The camp site was very nice lots of room. The campsites are spaced out so your not to close to anyone else. The bathrooms where clean and not far from any of the sites. The park is beautiful everywhere you go and the people are friendly and helpful. I will go back and recommend it to anyone thinking about it.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    08/20/2018

    reservation system needs work

    I assume people must reserve for two nights even if they are only coming for one, because reservation desk showed all sites full in all campgrounds but the one we got. However, driving through one campground, late evening, less than half the sites were full. In the campground we stayed at, there were only three sites used all night. All the rest were open, but I'm sure people were turned away.
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