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Center Lake

Custer, SD
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Ranked #13 of 26 attractions in Custer
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Swimming, Fishing, Camping
Description: Located at Custer State Park, this lake offers fishing, swimming and a nearby campground.
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Rapid City, South Dakota
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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
5 reviews 5 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
51 helpful votes 51 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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Valley City, North Dakota
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60 reviews 60 reviews
15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

I am only writing this because I am moving out of South Dakota, otherwise I wouldn't share this secret. But this is a great little lake for camping, fishing, swimming, and kayaking. The water is pretty clear, you can see trout swimming in it quite easily. If you stand in the swimming area part of the lake, you will see... More

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South Dakota
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128 reviews 128 reviews
49 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Pretty lake in a pretty setting. Closest CG to the Black HIll Playhouse. Very lovely picnic (day use only) area - right on the lake shore. CG areas are back a little - nice country feel, easy access.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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52 reviews 52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

This small lake with wooded shoreline and some handsome rock formations is a fine picnic and fishing spot. We fished directly off the dock by the boat ramp and caught enough trout for several dinners. We stayed as the sun went down, when the trout start surfacing and it was like watching a trout ballet as multiple fish spashed to... More

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