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Sylvan Lake

Sylvan Lake Road, Black Hills National Forest, Custer, South Dakota 57730 USA

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Open Now
Tue 12a-11:59p
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating
  • Wifi

“Perfect place to kick back and day dream”

Sylvan Lake, known as the "crown jewel" of Custer State Park, is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Created in 1881 when Theodore Reder built a dam across Sunday Gulch, it offers picnic areas, rock climbing, small rental boats, swimming, and hiking trails. It is also popular as a starting point for excursions to Harney Peak and The Needles. A hotel was operated on the shore of the lake in the early 20th century.

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Reviewed by
dwadejr486

  • 6 Reviews
  • 45 Helpful
May 23, 2014
Rated 5.0

Gorgeous. A must see if driving through Custer State Park.

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Reviewed by
ShengC

  • 26 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
April 28, 2017
Rated 5.0

This lake is the best lake i have seen so far. Not so big, but it amazes me how this one was made into a very beautiful scenic lake. If I was going to get married. i would like my wedding pictures taken in this lake. Amazingly beautiful. This lake is a must-see.

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Reviewed by
dmrolsen

  • 9 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
June 27, 2016

Beautiful and fun stop to get out and refresh, let the kids explore and stretch legs etc. We walked around the lake (it's a one mile loop) and had fun exploring through the rocks etc. The kids loved swimming and had a great time. The boat rentals are a bit steep for the size of the lake. Definitely drive from there down through Needles highway. It has awesome views!

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Reviewed by
Joel Schat

  • Photographer
  • 238 Reviews
  • 409 Helpful
October 01, 2014
Rated 5.0

I was pleasantly surprised with this location! Not necessarily for photography reasons.. but just because it was so absolutely relaxing! Swimming is awesome and there is a ton of exploring and a few places to rent kayak's and such! Definitely worth a stop :)

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Sylvan Lake

Sylvan Lake Road, Black Hills National Forest
Custer, South Dakota
57730 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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  • Public Restrooms
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  • Wifi

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