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Address: Custer, SD
Activities: Swimming, Fishing, Camping
Description: Located at Custer State Park, this lake offers fishing, swimming and a...
Located at Custer State Park, this lake offers fishing, swimming and a nearby campground.
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Center Lake - Custer State Park - Black Hills South Dakota

We LOVE Center Lake!! We go camping here at least once a year. It is quiet and out of the way. There is no traffic sounds. The lake is beautiful, with a great beach area for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 16, 2014
Wayne A
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Miller
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83 reviews 83 reviews
24 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We LOVE Center Lake!! We go camping here at least once a year. It is quiet and out of the way. There is no traffic sounds. The lake is beautiful, with a great beach area for swimming. There is a wonderful hiking trail that goes around the lake that offers breathtaking views. The pine smell is wonderful. The beautiful pine... More 

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Aurora, Colorado
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179 reviews 179 reviews
58 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We did not really take advantage of any of the multitude of options one could experience here (camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, etc) but it is a very pretty lake with lots of pine trees surrounding the lake. It is just a short distance off the main Needles Highway (or the Iron Mountain Rd from the other side) but apparently it... More 

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Crown Point, Indiana
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57 reviews 57 reviews
34 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This is the kind of lake you imagine when you think about a summer camp lake. Pine forests surround the lake with trees close to the shore. You can swim in the lake, and there was a small movie screen and restrooms located near the water. The water seemed to have a green algae tint, but was very nice.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The lake is great for kayaks, canoes or rafts and for swimming. As the lake is small the water warms up fast. There is great fishing and hiking as well. It has showers and pit toilets only. It is generally a great place to camp for pop-ups and tents, but it doesn't have electric.

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Burr Ridge, Illinois
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41 reviews 41 reviews
27 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013 via mobile

I have visited Center Lake many times over the past 20 years. My favorite was two years ago when I watched a golden eagle make several successful swoops over the water catching fish with its giant claws. More times than not, I have been the only human visitor to the lake.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

A small lake with fishing and great for canoeing. The lake is surrounded by campground so can get crowded in the middle of summer. A beautiful hiking trail long the creek. Check on status for summer 2014 as the lake is scheduled for maintenance.

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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105 reviews 105 reviews
23 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Less scenic that Sylvan Lake, but offers great amenity for camping. Camp location worked best for us because it was central to where we wanted to travel.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

I stopped here with my 11 and 13 year old kids and stayed for about two hours just climbing the rocks just to the south of the beach. This lake wasn't crowded at all and offered a great place to stretch our legs during the midday after driving the Wildlife Loop and before we headed north to Keystone. Not quite... More 

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Emmaus, Pennsylvania
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65 reviews 65 reviews
14 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

As we traveled cross country with our 11 and 6 year old boys, we attempted to tent camp every few nights to save money. Custer was a favorite stop in past trips, so we decided to try one of the campgrounds. We asked one of the rangers at the entrance station which campground was the most private (we really dislike... More 

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Rock Port, Missouri
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50 reviews 50 reviews
25 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

The kids had a great time swimming near the sandy beach! Beautiful scenery and picnic area!! Will definitely be going again!

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