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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When traveling to the Black Hills, it is a must for families to stay at Custer. You will not regret it, there is so much to do just in the one park. I will be back and definitely stay in the park again! Thank you to the staff!
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Custer Park Loyalist
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Reviewed 08/16/2017
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South Dakota mailed out seeds to people who grow up there to remind them to come on home. We came for a week long visit to explore the West side of South Dakota. We have visited before but never stayed in the park. This time we stayed in Game Lodge Campground with our 5th wheel. We found out the park was resurfacing the campground pavement once we got there, so they offered us options to move. We picked the group camp site which was not being used at the time. This gave them ability to resurface all the spots. These spots were set back from the road and gave more privacy. Also we found out there was a much better dump station to use, which was just around the corner from the campground at the start of Wildlife loop. It has two sides to dump from and clean water too. The Second part of our trip was spent at Sylvan Lake Campground. I would not recommend this campground to anyone with a RV 28 ft and more. Our RV fit but barely made it. We picked this campground because of it's location to the trails. The bathrooms at Sylvan were very clean. Outside doors to each shower was great. We made sure to check out each campground for the pros and cons. our Favorite was Stockade Lake, because of it's location, size of sites, off the road and spacing of sites. Legion Lake was nice, tucked away are some long camping sites. Game Lodge campground was right on the road. Blue Bell was covered with a lot of trees but not spaced out as much. Coolidge was a smaller campground with a number of level sites. Center Lake are all non-electic. Sylvan Lake was great for smaller campers but no cell phone coverage. Custer State Park is huge. You can spend a week and not even see it all. The seed might just have to come and plant itself to truly experience all the beauty South Dakota has to offer.
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Lun
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We only had a short stay in Custer State Park this year, but it was awesome! The weather was perfect and the scenery was beautiful as usual. We love riding the Iron Mountain Rd. and of course, the Needles Hwy. on our bike. We stayed at both, Bluebell and Game Lodge Campgrounds. They both have great hosts, clean restrooms and grounds area. We ate at the Bluebell Lodge and also at the Game Lodge dining rooms. The food is excellent. Last but not least, no matter how often we see buffalo, it is always amazing! They are magnificent animals! Thanks again, Custer State Park, for a great trip!
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Biker
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Wonderful place.. lots of wildlife, good fishing , close to rushmore. great value for the money..we absolutely loved it and cant wait to go back even though its very far for us... the bison were terrific and the burros and prairie dogs were fun also.
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aztraveler
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Reviewed 08/10/2017