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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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    Great Experience

    We visited in March, so we basically had the campground to ourselves. The park was really nice and quiet lol. The site was around $35 with tax and we needed a vehicle permit too that was $20 for a week. The wild life loop was outstanding and saw several big and small critters. The prong horn was a very interesting looking animal. We stayed by the creek and the views around the park were wonderful. They have potable water that is next to the dump station. Just head up through the wild life loop and the portable water/dump station is to the right. Easy access :). The rv sites are paved. Most tent sites have a tent box (wood frame with rock).
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    Winter Camping

    Perfect place to camp if you want to summit South Dakotas highest point. We stayed during the winter and were very pleased that Custer had two campgrounds open all year! Easy to find and even had electrical plug in for our van. Would stay again.
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    Unsatisfied Customer

    I visited Sylvan Lake Lodge, and I was very displeased with the service, with the food, with my room, really displeased with everything. I tried to speak to the Manager(James Jackson), who was very, very rude. Told me to just check out if I was so unsatisfied with my room. He did not try to solve any of my problems. I then tried to get some food at there restaurant, I did not get waited until after everyone had left. I then got my food which was under cooked AND cold. I have never been so disgusted in my entire life. Never will I be returning to Sylvan Lake Lodge, or Cuter State Park for that matter. Never have I been so disrespected in a public place, a hotel for that manner. I would just like everyone to know this is a beautiful hotel, with some disrespectful managers, assistant manager, and all workers. Please hire a different manager who doesn't drink on the job, and maybe an assistant manager who doesn't have his rude, insecure girlfriend as a front desk worker(Jacob Gaston, and Jennifer Doward) Thank-you and have a nice day.

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    Custer state park in winter

    February is not there usual time of year to camp for fun. After purchasing a new camper I was determined to find a park open! The weather was cold but roads were clear. Game Lodge was one of few open so I booked online not knowing what to expect! I did not see a start member but there power was turned on at my site. The vault toilet was clean. I definitely want to return to see the lodge open and enjoy a meal. My only regret was not seeing any Buffalo!!
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