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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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    • 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
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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 Family Place

    We stayed at two of Custer's campgrounds.... amazing value for price. Clean bathrooms, friendly hosts.

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    Trip to Center Lake

    Excellent facilities, with clean restrooms, showers, and campsites. The beach is beautiful. The wildlife was plentiful, and the flowers were at their peak. Fishing was slow, but the fish were jumping for bugs late in the day. We were using the wrong bait! Great hiking trails with a variety of scenery. We definitely want to return.

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    Blue bell

    Loved it. Was concerned about all the down trees, but was assured it was all ok. That forest service was collecting trees in piles to burn in the winter. Had a great hike to Black Elk Peak. Easy to read maps places everywhere to take along.

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    Great visit

    We arrived at our Legion Lake campsite and were very pleased with the size and cleanliness of the level site. The host was on-site. Easy access to very clean restrooms and showers and plenty of dumpsters for everyone's trash situated next to the bathhouse. Easy access to hiking trails and to the various scenic routes in the park. The town of Custer is a short drive from the campground. We had lunch in the Legion Lake restaurant. Service and the food were both good. The park itself is beautiful and full of interesting places to visit. We recommend that folks watch the video about the park that is located in the Visitor Center. Everyone affiliated with the park was friendly and very helpful during our stay. Our only disappointment was that we saw very few bison. Not sure if the rainy weather or the work being done to mitigate the damage from last year's fire kept the bison away from the roads. The Needles area is beautiful. We definitely recommend a visit.