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Sylvan Lake

Custer, SD
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Ranked #2 of 24 attractions in Custer
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Fishing
Traveler Description: Sylvan Lake is considered the “Crown Jewel” of Custer State Park in the Black Hills of western South Dakota . The mountain lake sits at the base of... more »
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Erie, Pennsylvania
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

we were on a bike trip with friends and two of our party got married at Sylvan lake on the trip. It was a beautiful sunny day and the scenery was breathtaking!!! well woth the stop, even if you don't have a wedding to attend there!

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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319 reviews 319 reviews
237 attraction reviews
222 helpful votes 222 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Walk around the lake. Take a blanket and a book and find a place to stop and sit and read or just stare at the amazing beauty here.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

It was such a treat to find Sylvan lake. It is a beautiful lake surrounded by towering rocks. We hiked up Harney peak and then just chilled on the shores of the lake. It was so peaceful and relaxing. A must for all to see.

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118 reviews 118 reviews
77 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

There is no shortage of activity at this lake. There were people swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking, hiking, and more. We had a great stroll around the lake and very much enjoyed taking in the beauty of the hiking trail. The gift shop nearby was bustling but we were able to get in and get a cool treat (ice cream) and... More

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Fargo, ND
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Sylvan Lake is a beautiful place to visit. I went there with my wife and we had a small packed lunch and hiked around the lake. Great place to take photos and take a reprieve from the more hustle and bustle of the other attractions in the area.

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Oakwood, Illinois
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75 reviews 75 reviews
38 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

If you visit Sylvan Lake you have to take the hike around the lake. There are numerous trailheads nearby including the needles and the firetower.

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300 reviews 300 reviews
211 attraction reviews
234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

This lake next to the lodge at the north end of the needles highway is a serene and peaceful spot. They have kayak and paddle boat rentals and the lodge restaurant is next to the lake. Nice hiking trail go around the lake.

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Kenora, Canada
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50 reviews 50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

After watching National Treasure 2 we knew that we had to stop at Sylvan Lake and see the filming location. We visited on a very hot day in September and enjoyed swimming from the beach. The water temperature was perfect! The kids swam out to two rock croppings and were able to climb on top. There are bathrooms and two... More

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Wabasha, Minnesota
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

We purchased our Custer State Park pass here through self-registration, $15 for one vehicle for up to 7 days access. Worth every penny. The weather was windy and with light snow, temps around 28f at that height but we wrapped up and took a walk around the lake to the natural dam. Stepping stones allow access to a footbridge over... More

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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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103 reviews 103 reviews
55 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

This is well worth the visit. So picturesque with a trail around the lake and an excellent spot for a picnic. It is a small lake with rock formations on one end.

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