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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Great Park
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We stayed in June and absolutely loved it. We did the hiking challenge to get a button and found that to be a great thing to do. Loved the hiking and scenery. Overall this was great.
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genehbj
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Reviewed 10/16/2017
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Lovely State Park
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We were traveling cross-country from VA back to CA and enjoying the beauty and wonder of our country's state and national parks. Custer was a great spot and convenient to big tourist destinations like Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore. Our only issue was we booked and paid over the phone, only to be told we had to pay again when we got there. (We figured giving twice to a state park is not the worst thing in the world.) The woman on the phone told us we needed to get firewood inside the park, but the folks there managing the camp site sent us 3 miles away to buy some. It was late when we arrived and we were lucky to make it before the place we went to pay and get wood was closed. We always want to be respectful, follow the rules, and do right while we are camping in the parks. So, my hope is that they will get their ducks in a row between the folks manning the numbers available online to get info and book and the people actually working at the park. Oh- and even if it's hot in the lowlands, remember it can get cold up in the mountains. Happy camping!
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CAcamper
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Reviewed 10/14/2017
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A bit confusing, but a beautiful place
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We camped at Sylvan Lake. It was such a beautiful spot. The lake was closed due to bacteria levels being too high which was a huge bummer, but the hike around the lake was gorgeous. The only confusing part for us was the lack of information regarding arrival/payment/lake closures/where to buy wood. It was a just show up and find your site and good luck kind of situation. More information would have been great as this was our first time in the Black Hills area.
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SJB
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Reviewed 10/13/2017
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Heaven on Earth
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Custer was amazing. The lakes were so clean and the air smells so fresh. The animals were really fun to see and the buffalo were so close. We hope to come back every year! See you soon.
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Ray
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Reviewed 10/12/2017