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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
Owner description: Popular lake in Custer State Park.
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Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Fishing
Owner description: Popular lake in Custer State Park.
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missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

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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56 reviews 56 reviews
22 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

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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8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
39 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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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
121 helpful votes 121 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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