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Sylvan Lake

Custer, SD
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Ranked #2 of 20 Attractions in Custer
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Fishing
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Owner description: Popular lake in Custer State Park.
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47 reviews 47 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Took a wonderful walk around the lake...just beautiful! Experienced once more one of my favorite memories from our Honeymoon 43 years ago. <3

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N. Canton, Ohhio USA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I was taken by surprise as we approached Silvin Lake as the reflection surrounding the lake was mirrored in the water. This to me is truly an inspiration for artist's.

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Pierre, South Dakota
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Don't miss Sylvan Lake! Lots to do including hiking, swimming, and kayaking! If you don't want to do a lot of hiking the walk around the lake is beautiful! If you want to do a bit more hike Sunday Gulch Trail, it is a 3 mile long trail that goes over rocks and waterfalls! It is definitely a must stop... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

~This is a place everyone needs to visit. I must say it is one of my favorite places in the world to take pictures. The calm peaceful water, the large boulders, beautiful trees make for the most amazing backdrops that any photographer could ask for. I have used a picture from here as my profile picture on Tripadvisior since I... More

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We stopped here on our travels through Custer State Park. We decided to hike around the lake and the kids enjoyed climbing on the rocks! The weather was perfect the day we stopped here and the area around the lake reflected perfectly on the water's surface. The water was too chilly to do anything but admire it.

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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Absolutely stunning. If you can get to the US (or are already there) then somehow get yourself to South Dakota and visit Sylvan Lake. And then drive round Custer State Park and see the buffalo. You will not regret it!

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nyc
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49 reviews 49 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Took a side trip to Sylvan Lake as a change of pace. Getting there via the mountain road was a bit of an adventure in itself as it winds and twists upwards. The lake itself is not large but is framed by large rock formations and trees. It is also the base for one of the main hiking trails to... More

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South Sioux City, Nebraska
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We enjoyed stretching our legs while walking around Sylvan Lake - as always, it was beautiful. There were fishermen enjoying the warm sunshine. Walking behind the dam is always interesting. The big boulders lodged overhead between the rock walls make for fun photos. This walk is not too strenuous to try.

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