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Sylvan Lake

Custer, SD
+1 970-328-2021
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Popular lake in Custer State Park.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“paddle boats” (51 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Custer, SD
+1 970-328-2021
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a nice alpine lake to stop after driving through the rock tunnel on the Needles Scenic Bypass on the way to Custer State Park. Lots of nice trout surfacing and being caught also. I walked to the small spillway and then through the rock...More

Thank James C
Reviewed 5 days ago

Wow! What a stunning place! There was a beautiful wedding going on right on the shore while we were visiting and it was the perfect setting for such an occasion. Just gorgeous all around!

Thank ArynColleen
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was by far one of the longest most challenging hikes that the husband and I have gone on. It takes between 4-5 hours but the view once you get to the top is well worth it. The scenery and people we ran across made...More

1  Thank Natalie P
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is hands down the most beautiful lake I have even been to. Absolutely gorgeous. We went on a road trip where we visited many lakes in MN, and though they were nice places to visit, this lake was the most beautiful Ive seen anywhere.

Thank acsims
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived early at the Lake which was good as it was very quiet and the Lake looked like a Millpond. Defiantly worth a visit if in the area.

Thank Di-Roth
Reviewed 3 November 2017

What an amazing place to visit great walk around the lake exploring nature at it's best a must see. Plenty of photo opportunities.

Thank PBenja
Reviewed 30 October 2017

My son and I camped here on our way west. I always love Custer State Park, but this was our first time at Sylvan Lake. We really enjoyed the hike around the lake, the refreshing swim at the beach, and the campground across the road...More

Thank Kelly L
Reviewed 26 October 2017

It was recommended that we stop and walk around Sylvan Lake, which is considered an easy walk. That is true except at the end of the lake there is a section that requires scrambling over rocks... not hard if you are in average shape, but...More

Thank Cathy40717th
Reviewed 25 October 2017

This is a bit of paradise. Take a walk around the lake - there is a small path. Likewise you can stop at the Lodge for a good lunch. Ask for table #25.

Thank jprince1444
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

The lake is between beautiful backdrop of rocks. It’s a very beautiful sight. We climbed up on of the rocks and spent some time there. It was picture perfect view !

Thank Sameer K
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Melody R
24 August 2017|
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Response from Janell H | Reviewed this property |
The Sylvan Lake Lodge has cabins to rent but it's not right on Sylvan Lake itself, but close by. Check it out, it's still an amazing location!
Samuel V
5 July 2017|
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Response from WYOJuls | Reviewed this property |
The campground we checked out did. I would recommend the stockade campgrounds or coolage campground for ease to maneuver an rv.
Mindy S
21 June 2017|
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Response from Janell H | Reviewed this property |
We were there the third week of June and it was too cold to swim. Mostly paddle boards and kayaks were all that was in the water