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Sylvan Lake

Custer, SD
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Popular lake in Custer State Park.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“paddle boats” (33 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Custer, SD

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Reviewed 2 days ago

You can walk about 1 mile around this fabulous lake, although the going can be a little tricky on the far side. The rock formations are fascinating, the reflections spectacular, and it was lovely to see so many people (and dogs!) enjoying this beautiful place

Thank Anthea D
Reviewed 2 days ago

Pretty lake in this area with easy hiking trail. Great Fall colors for your enjoyment! Ample parking closeby.

Thank hellmbeck
Reviewed 2 days ago

Sylvan Lake is a very pretty spot that offers a nice place to relax, admire creation, walk, hike, boat, fish, picnic, or simply sit in a comfy chair to take in the sights and sounds. The entrance fee is $20 per car, but the price...More

Thank OutdoorKidz
Reviewed 3 days ago

As we started down the paved path around Sylvan Lake we expected to spend about half an hour on the paved path and ended up spending a couple of hours due to all the stops to enjoy the beautiful views and take photos. We considered...More

Thank seek-scenic
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is the main reason why I went to Custer State Park and it did not disappoint! I was there late in the afternoon so very few people left. I took the trail around the lake; a small part of it you have to climb...More

Thank jordan2487
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We just happened to stop. This is absolutely beautiful. Definitely a place to spend time hiking, kayaking around lake , fishing or just having a picnic. Definitely a hidden gem not to be missed!

Thank Birkie2
Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful place for a short hike.. It was fun to climb around on the rocks. I thought this place was really pretty. Hiking was pretty easy, flat half the way.

Thank Todd G
Reviewed 6 days ago

The area is beyond beautiful, the lake is a cold water lake, clear as crystal. The fishing is great, and the scenery is spectacular. There is a campground nearby, it's nice and secluded. The Sylvan lake lodge is very nice and the food is excellent....More

Thank R5834QWpatrickd
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food at the resort resturant was BEAUTIFULLY plated.... Exceptionally tasty and wait staff was TOP of the mark. MARCO and the chef went to extraordinary measures to see the onion garlic allergy in our party was noted and that her dining experience was on...More

Thank malindacannon
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing food.... Elk ravioli, BBQ buffalo meatballs Buffalo stroganoff . The wait staff Marco and David we're 1st class.

Thank Nelly1957
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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