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Grace Coolidge Creek

Address: Custer, SD
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Ranked #22 of 33 things to do in Custer
Type: Bodies of water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Fishing, Hiking
Owner description: This waterway, which passes through Custer State Park, is popular with fishermen and hikers.
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Type: Bodies of water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Fishing, Hiking
Owner description: This waterway, which passes through Custer State Park, is popular with fishermen and hikers.
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Watertown, South Dakota
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154 reviews 154 reviews
60 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

It was too cold to swim when we were there but they did have a nice hiking trail that you can use. Lots of people out fishing also

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Imperial, Nebraska
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The creek has a nice hiking trail that follows an old road to Center Lake. The trail also follows the creek. The creek is a small creek with several pools. The trout see a lot of flies over the course of the summer and are quite finicky. The trail is about 6 miles round trip but it is an easy... More 

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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60 reviews 60 reviews
22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

This was a great hike but it would have been nice to know that there were 17 times that we had to cross the creek EACH WAY!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

The fishing was pretty good. Stuck to the first pool and caught a limit in a couple hours. Mostly small but enough to feed us dinner.

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pa
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26 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

There is a hiking trail along this creek. Actually you will be crossing the creek 15 times before you reach the end at Center Lake. Some of the crossings are tricky especially #11. You will be walking on river rocks and sometimes fallen trees to cross. Actually it's a lot of fun. It is a wonderful hike with several fishing... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

We loved staying at the campground- right on the Grace Coolidge Creek. The buffalo were in the campground every day- and are an amazing animal to observe. This is a small little campground with wonderful creek, and wildlife.

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Dayton, Ohio
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140 reviews 140 reviews
62 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Located within walking distance of the State Game Lodge, this is a pleasant creek to walk along. Quite a bit of history, as the "Coolidge" name implies. Nice place to soak up a slightly different "taste" of Black Hills scenery. Bottom line: combine with other Black Hills scenery.

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Valley City, North Dakota
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60 reviews 60 reviews
16 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

I am a poor fisherman with very little patience and even I had a great time fishing the little lakes on these creeks. You have to walk in there to fish, maybe a half mile to the first lake from the Center Lake side, but it is worth it. Beware the bison. Don't let them even see you, hike around... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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84 reviews 84 reviews
18 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

This three mile stretch with 6 or 7 check dams to create trout pools is one of our favorite places in the park. The rock formations create stunning reflections in the ponds, and in September the aspens are turning, which makes the walk even lovelier. And yes, be prepared for wet feet unless you are confident you can teeter across... More 

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Dayton
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49 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

If you're looking for a great place to start your fishing adventure in Custer, try the walk-in fishing area at Grace Coolidge. Very pretty, with easy access. And there always seems to be bison around for some added fun!

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