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Sylvan Lake

Address: Custer, SD
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Custer
Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Fishing
Owner description: Popular lake in Custer State Park.
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Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Fishing
Owner description: Popular lake in Custer State Park.
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112 reviews 112 reviews
62 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Love the Sylvan lake area...great for hiking and always fun to photograph. Definitely worth the stop!

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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We enjoyed visiting the lake. We only stayed a few hours, but it was worth the stop. We hiked the trail around, it was unexpected to got threw several passages in the rock. Then we climbed the large bolder in the lake. Awesome visit!

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This place is amazing. The views are great. It is nice for taking a walk with family or with friends. I have gone there several times over the years and it has been a great experience every time. All ages can enjoy, from young children to adults. There are places to hike, walk, take pictures and more.

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Los Angeles, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The lake is picturesque and just gorgeous. The rock formations with the clean, fresh scenery is wonderful. We rented paddle boats and kayaks and enjoyed the view

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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51 reviews 51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The resort, restaurant, and activities are all pretty good. You can fish, hike, canoe, eat, and relax all in one day.

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missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The lake is beautiful. There are trails to walk around and we took a paddle boat ride out on the lake.

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Dublin, Ohio
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This was such a serene stop (early morning) on my way out of Custer Park and heading out towards Yellowstone. A great stop for photographers as you can see the beautiful rock formations mirrored in the still waters. There is a trail that follows the lake that leads to some waterfalls. Beautiful!

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Miller
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71 reviews 71 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This lake was featured in the movie National Treasure 2 Book of Secrets. This lake is near perfect. You have breathtaking scenery, swimming, paddle boating, fishing, camping (across the road), and a fantastic picnic and beach area. Several hiking trails start or end there. The Sunday Gulch trail goes around the lake and features beautiful waterfalls.

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48 reviews 48 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

pay to drive to it, it is worth it. The drive and the lake. We walked over to lake from parking area and while standing on the shore of calm lake they young mule deer walked within three feet of me. It was just so peaceful a quiet. worth the stop

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Palm Coast, Florida, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
43 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Picture perfect. It is a man made lake with a swimming area that is not guarded. The small beach is sandy and the depth is shallow and slowly gets deeper. We were there in August and the water was cool but provided a much needed cool down on a hot day. There is a gift shop there as well as... More 

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