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Address: Custer, SD
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Popular lake in Custer State Park.

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Beautifule Lake and Lodge

We visited the beginning of October and stayed at Sylvan Lake Lodge. What a beautiful lake and walk around the lake, very photogenic. The lodge was beautiful, especially the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Fairfield, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lake is not big but great for a 30-60 minute kayak trip or walk around its perimeter. We arrived around 9:30am and found few people around. By the time we finished our kayaking just after 11, the parking lot was packed so we would recommend an early morning visit to avoid the crowds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the beginning of October and stayed at Sylvan Lake Lodge. What a beautiful lake and walk around the lake, very photogenic. The lodge was beautiful, especially the great room where everyone gathers for sitting by the fire, reading, doing a puzzle, meeting new people or having a cocktail. The rooms are small and rustic, but the surroundings are... More 

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Friendship, Wisconsin
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110 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were enjoying the Custer Sate Park tour and chose to stop here for lunch. The setting for the lodge was pretty, if you ate outside you had a view but not so if you ate inside in the dining room. Our service was good and the food was tasty but rather pricey.

1 Thank Sandra5678
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is ine of the most beautiful places we have visited. Follow the path around the lake. Take your camera with you.

2 Thank Maria A
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We used Sylvan lake as a jumping off point for a hike to Harney peak. It was visually stunning - worth the effort to see. We snapped pics, walked around, basked in the fall sunshine - loved every minute of it. Upon descending from Harney, three of our bravest souls opted for an icy October dip in the lake. Definitely... More 

1 Thank TriNicolino
Gurnee, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

During our drive around Custer we stopped at Sylvan Lake on the recommendation of my uncle. SO worth the stop! If I knew we'd love it so much I would have planned more time here. The lake is over 6,000 ft above sea level. It's perfectly still, really quiet, and simply GORGEOUS. If you can, stop here.

Thank Nick S
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37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

This lake is small but spectacular for climbing on the rocks and hiking. We attended a wedding on the lakeside lawn and it was beautiful. A nice vacation get away.

1 Thank djalk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Incredible site with easy access. The views are stunning. Our International Exchange students loved climbing on the rocks and they must have taken a hundred pictures.

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Montana City, Montana
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176 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

We stopped in here to stretch out legs on a road trip and started around the lake.It is a beautiful little lake and walk of about 2 miles. The bottom end where the big, beautiful rocks are could be a bit treacherous for the very young or older seniors, but we saw many doing it. It is a popular place.... More 

1 Thank akmoma
Rapid City, SD
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102 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Simply beautiful. This place is a real gem. Perfect place for a picnic. The drive here is worth it as well.

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