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    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.

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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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    Guest Opinions are very important

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    A minusOverall Rating
    07/02/2020

    Wonderful surprise

    I was looking for lodging near Mt Rushmore & stumbled upon Culver State Park what a wonderful surprise - it is as nice if not nicer than any national park I have been to - We spend 4 nights in housekeeping cabin on our family trip (ages 71 to 9) - we booked in advance wildlife safari & chuck wagon dinner both were excellent - we had day trips planned out of park so we plan to return to spent a week in Culver State Park - it is beautiful & there is SO MUCH to see & do
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    A minusOverall Rating
    06/11/2020

    Awesome adventure

    This was our first time camping at Custer and it was awesome! We stayed at Sylvan Lake. The facilities are clean, the trails are awesome but I would recommend adding some mile markers on the trails especially the longer ones. We had a great time seeing the wildlife through out the park.
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    A minusOverall Rating
    06/11/2020

    ?? Custer SP

    Custer SP is at the top of my list of best camping and hiking experiences! My family will continue to return, hopefully in the not-so-distant future!
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    A minusOverall Rating
    06/08/2020

    Camping in Stockade South

    We really enjoyed camping in Stockade Lake South campground. We were in cabin 11e. The yard area was fantastic for the kids and the bathrooms were nice and clean. My only complaints would be that this particular cabin is far from the "non-vault" bathrooms and that we had 2 snakes slither out from under our porch area (but I mean-it's camping right!). The park itself is BEAUTIFUL! our favorite spot was Sylvan lake. We also loved getting caught in 2 different Buffalo jams. We went in June and there were baby bison calves everywhere. They were fun to watch.
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