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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 starts first full weekend in August
    Custer State Park Buffalo Round-Up last Friday in September
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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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    Put this one on your short list

    This state park was one of the best we have encountered during our travels in the US. We camped at Sylvan Lake campground for 3 nights and spent the days exploring the park and hanging out next to Center Lake. The campground bathrooms and showers were outstanding and it was great to be able to have a free hot shower in an impeccably clean facility after a long day of outdoor activities. The park is very well maintained and the variety of topography provides an adventure for everyone. We will definitely return to this park for another visit.

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    Nice Visit


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    blown away

    we stayed at stockade north campground - and want to shout out to camp host Mike and Kathy for making our 8 plus days so wonderful-- Kathy made it possible for visit while we did not have a reservation-- excellent camphosts-- the campground is great with electical hookups in most sites and clean shower and restrooms- extra care in cleaning during this pandemic--the state park and surrounding area of the black hills is awesome-- first time and definitely return for the beauty and scenery... only wished that the people in the area-- locals and outsiders would heed the seriousness of Covid-- we need to all care for each other....

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    Heaven on Earth

    Last month was our first trip to SD and we stayed a week in Custer State Park in a Bluebell cabin. It was perfect. So peaceful and it SNOWED while we were there!!!! Added bonus because we LOVE snow. The area is so beautiful and Custer was close to everything we wanted to see. The animals were incredible and I fell in love with prairie dogs and the begging burrows!! We loved it so much that we are leaving to go back in 2 days!!!!! Kelli in reservations is a gem. Can’t wait to see all of you guys on Saturday and we will book our next trip with you while we are there!!!

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