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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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Michigan
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

A must do while in Custer. We hiked around the lake, just make sure you have sturdy shoes on it is rocky and uneven. But you get the most beautiful pictures. We rented paddle boats and went around the lake. It was a lot of fun!

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Painesville, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

i have been all over the United States and quite a few places outside our borders- this is one of the few places i would return to again...over going somewhere new. the setting is amazing. the park has all levels of easy and serious outdoors all of them with great beauty. its one of the few places i actively recommend... More

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Morris, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Always like to travel here. Have been coming for years. Wonderful place to spend time. Whether its a few hours or several days, I would recommend Sylvan lake.

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Apopka, FL
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273 reviews 273 reviews
173 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Very nice area but be sure to note the weather conditions before you go because it is a seasonal lake. Gets mighty cold off season.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The Black Hills, SD can be hot in July. Also, it is a popular time for tourists to visit. If you don't mind sharing a beautiful, natural, scenic area with others, during a busy season, or are willing to walk beyond the crowds to find a area along the lake for yourself - the setting is gorgeous and the water... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Never mind the words from this review and others - look at the pictures. This place is absolutely amazing and almost defies description. There's a nice trail around the lake - mostly a nice and easy hike with some areas that are more strenuous - along with boats for rent.

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Southampton
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66 reviews 66 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Even on a misty day this is a go to place! Beauty, tranquility and imagination are all to be found here.

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Valrico, Florida
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57 reviews 57 reviews
19 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Seeing pictures if Sylvan lake was what brought us to Custer State Park. It is a gorgeous lake. We went paddle boating which was ok, they are very busy. My younger daughter and I hiked around the lake. This was an easy hike but there are some terrain considerations for people with mobility issues. We also climbed to the top... More

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Summit, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Loved it, but we got there at 9 and it was already crowded. By the time we left at 10:45, the parking lot was full.

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West Jordan, Utah
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65 reviews 65 reviews
29 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This was our favorite stop in Custer State Park. We walked around the lake and kept gasping at the beautiful scenery. My boys enjoyed scurrying over the rocks and exploring around the lake. We wished we had budgeted more time for swimming. We saw several people swimming and some people had canoes out on the lake. It's a lovely little... More

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