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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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    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
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    Nearby

    • Phone
    • Repair Services
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    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
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    Nearby

    • Golfing
    • Hot Springs
    • Miniature Golf
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    A minusOverall Rating
    06/10/2018

    A great basecamp to explore NPS sites

    I recently camped at Stockade Lake South as part of a road trip to visit Mouth Rushmore NM, Jewel Cave NM, Wind Cave NP, and Crazy Horse Mem. Custer SP is a great, central location to stay making daily excursions to the parks & memorials very easy. Stockade Lake South was an incredibly clean, quiet camp. The hosts were very friendly & helpful - even going out of their way to check availability with other SP camps when I asked to extend my stay another day (no vacancies were left at Stockade unfortunately). The restroom & shower facilities were clean & comfortable as well. Campsites were well maintained and spacious. I would return to camp there again. The only complaint I would have is the entrance fee for the park - $20 for a week seems a little high seeing as the only SP facility I visited/used during my stay was the campground. Other state parks that I've visited often waive the daily use fee if you have camping reservations.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    05/11/2018

    Blue Bell Campground

    Great Campground! Super clean restrooms! Excellent Campground Hosts! Would recommend to anyone!
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    A minusOverall Rating
    05/11/2018

    Black Hills Magic

    There's something extraordinarily special about these hills- the trails lead to some fantastic viewpoints... and some of the non-official places (i.e. Poet's Table) are well worth a look. The steps up to Black Elk Peak were icy in April.. on a previous hike, Sunday Gulch's boulders were also found to be very icy- but otherwise trails mostly remain good during the winter due to limited snow accumulation. State Game Lodge- camped once in February and was mostly just cold.. but appreciated that it was open (just vault toilet available). April- beautiful bathroom and showers, tent site next to a brook.. great place to stay!
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    05/08/2018

    First Visit, but not our last! Don't miss the Buffalo !

    We were visiting the park on our way to the State of Washington and wanted to stop to visit our good friends who are volunteers at the park. We stayed one night in the Game Lodge Campground. The park and facilities are wonderful, and the opportunity to view a variety of wildlife in theie natural habitat was amazing. We will definately be back and would highly reccomend the park to anyone visiting the state. The campground is nice, but limited in facilities. sites have electric, but no water or sewer. Be sure and dump prior to arrival and fill up with water. Restroom and showers are clean and sites are paved and level and roomy. The wildlife loop is another don't miss opportunity in the park. They also have a very nice visitors center staffed by knowledgable volunteers. Be sure to say Hi to Jim and Sally for us and theoi other volunteers there as well. Plan on spending several days...one day does not do it justice, there is sooo much more to see.
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