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Address: , Custer, SD
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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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Lovely afternoon at Center Lake

This lake is beautiful, surrounded on almost all sides by steep hills covered in pine forest. Custer State Park allows free canoe and kayak "rentals" certain days of the week for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This lake is beautiful, surrounded on almost all sides by steep hills covered in pine forest. Custer State Park allows free canoe and kayak "rentals" certain days of the week for a couple of hours in the afternoon. We did that and the kids really enjoyed it. Then they swam at the swim beach, which seemed fairly free of mud... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This lake is excellent with a nice campground and day facilities, boat launch, grills, on site hosts and good fishing. But we went there specifically for the swimming beach, which has to potential to be just as great as the rest of the lake. It is a nice beach with well marked buoys for the swimming area, a changing building,... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Fun in the sun...nice beach and beautiful scenery. We were able to participate in park sponsored fishing for our daughter as well as canoeing. Very pretty area. It has picnic tables and facilities for showering and outhouses. A nice place to be. Free to visit once you've paid for park entry pass.

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Northern Arizona
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207 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Beautiful, fairly quiet, and near the Playhouse. State park permit is trquired. The beach areas are small. There is a nice easy hike around the lake.

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Miller
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60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 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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70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 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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58 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 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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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 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
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 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
4 attraction reviews
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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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