Custer State Park

13389 US Hwy 16A
Custer, SD 57730

(605) 255-4515

Description

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.

Amenities

Onsite

  • 50 Amp Available
  • Tent Sites Available
  • Group Area
  • WiFi
  • 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

Nearby

  • Phone
  • Repair Services

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

Nearby

  • Golfing
  • Hot Springs
  • Miniature Golf

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Custer State Park is such a gem. Was there in early October and stayed in one of the cabins. Cozy and clean facility. Enjoyed the scenic drives, narrow tunnels and wildlife. Definitely stop at the Game Lodge... it's such a neat building and has a gift shop too.
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dc@wyoming
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Need more than a weekend
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My husband & I rented a cabin for 4-days. Lots of places to hike. Close to Mt Rushmore and other fun places. Staff was very helpful. This is a beautiful park and you can definitely spend a lot of time here and not get bored.
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PrarieDogger
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Reviewed 10/07/2016
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Buffalo Round-Up 2016
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Buffalo Round-Up 2016 1. What's with all the pickups are they making a truck commercial? Then the pick-ups loaded with people in the back end, all that was missing was a confederate flag hang off the box. 2. Not much of a rumble of Buffalo across the prairie, more like a walk, not sure if PETA calls the shots on this or what. Summary: Custer State Park Guide Volume 37 . 2016 page 10 "It truly is a magnificent sight to see buffalo rumbling across the plains driven by cowboys and cowgirls on horseback. It takes you back to days gone by and lets the spectators catch a glimpse of old west history." adds Brundige. I couldn't get one picture without having a vehicle in it, so much for the old west setting and whats wrong with giving the crowd alittle excitment in pushing them to create at least alittle rumble. Lets do what we print. Matt Snyder Dr.Gary Brundige Goal 2017: 1.No vehicles within site. Add more cowboys and cowgirls if needed. 2. Try a 100 yard dash in front of the viewing area with the buffalo for the crowds benefit, only happens once a year.
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DakotaView
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Sylvan Lake
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We camped at Sylvan Lake during early July of 2015. We found the campground to be delightful. This was our third camping trip to Custer. This past summer we were unable to get out to South Dakota and my husband and I were both having withdrawals because we missed it so much. We love the area and Little Devils Tower is one of my happy places. We will definitely make it a point to visit in 2017:)
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Camping Girl
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Reviewed 10/02/2016