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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 Experience

    This was our first visit to this park and overall experience was really amazing. We did camping for four nights, park is really well maintained and it exceeded my expectation. Will definately visit again :)

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    We camped at Grace Coolidge. A very small quiet campground. Nice shower house. Roomy campsite with fire pit. Nice couple managing the campground. We really enjoyed our stay.

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    Highs and Lows

    We stayed at the camp grounds at Sylvan Lake. Drove up the long way from main entrance to see the Needles Highway. Gorgeous! The camping spot was ok but I didn't realize the space was up on a hill and therefore we had to park on the road and walk our gear up the hill. Not horrible, but not convenient. The next day we went to Mt. Rushmore and enjoyed a short, lovely drive. Then came back to chaos. The lake and store area were jam packed with cars, buses and people. Luckily we were camping and didn't need to park there but it was still overwhelming, much more "touristy" than we anticipated. There's a great walking path from the campsite to the lake which we enjoyed, but you still have to cross over the busy road and there really isn't a cross walk or anything marking the path so drivers know walkers might be coming. Once at lake, we waited in line at store to inquire about paddle boat rentals because that (and proximity to Mt. R) was one reason I chose Sylvan Lake. We were told that they were understaffed and decided not to provide water rentals that day. That on top of the sand area at the lake being completely packed, it was just not a good experience. I had hoped to relax, enjoy the beauty of the lake and the park. But it was way too busy for that kind of experience. Very disappointed.

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    camping at Game Lodge campground

    Our 2nd outing with our 17 ft. travel trailer. We moved to two different campsites in Game Lodge without difficulty as it was over the July 4th week with last minute reservations. The campsites on the creek are the best with some great tent sites right next to the water. I biked the bike trail twice up and back to the Grace Coolidge campground. All downhill coming back. One can bike to the store (which has annoying, noisy, endless coolers with many types of bottled drinks - but no water bottle refilling spigots). I miss the old fashioned charming sit-down restaurant they had in there years ago with the slamming screen door. Sometimes modernizing takes away the whole reason one went to a destination in the first place. One can bike to the new visitor center that has a short movie in there about the park which one should see. Otherwise the huge building is lacking in character and content. The old visitor center is a delightful stone and timber building just down the road one can also bike to that is now an education center I believe. The campsites at Game Lodge are big and far apart and ours were dark at night. I appreciated the host coming around and making contact with us.