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Grace Coolidge Creek

Custer, SD
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Ranked #18 of 26 Attractions in Custer
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Fishing, Hiking
Description: This waterway, which passes through Custer State Park, is popular with fishermen and hikers.
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Dallas, Texas, United States
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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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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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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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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61 attraction reviews
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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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30 helpful votes 30 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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12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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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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South Dakota
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

And you will get wet. That is if the creek has any water in it. Gorgeous, easy hike.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2003

I hiked and fished the Grace Coolidge Walk-in Fishing area and had a wonderful time June 25, 2003. The hike is easy for anyone with reasonably good walking ability. I fished and hooked into several fish. I landed a rainbow for my efforts in one of the man made pools along the stream. Some of the pools are natural and... More

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