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Address: Custer, SD
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This waterway, which passes through Custer State Park, is popular with...

This waterway, which passes through Custer State Park, is popular with fishermen and hikers.

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hidden gem

Beautiful hiking, we also got a day fishing license for my kids and husband. They had a great time fishing too! Hidden Gem

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 17, 2015
Suzanne B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Beautiful hiking, we also got a day fishing license for my kids and husband. They had a great time fishing too! Hidden Gem

Thank Suzanne B
custer, sd
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

A favorite place to my grandchildren... they request to go every year, one likes to fish and there are places to do that. The others love the water crossings which are numerous. It is shady on a hot day.

Thank sdyoga
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

What a gem running through the park. It is gorgeous and clean and it offers plenty of drink for the wild life and boy are they there! Coolidge has a wonderful campground and the creek runs right through. Lovely. Try it out!

1 Thank MollyAW1234
Penn Valley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

This was an easy hike approximately 6 miles round trip with numerous creek crossings, so wear your water shoes. A few of the crossings have boards to cross on, but generally you need to pick your way across on the rocks. The trail follows the creek, and numerous fishing lakes, and is mostly shaded with gorgeous rock and meadow views.... More 

1 Thank craulston
Leesburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Pretty creek with several slower sections and bridges allowing many photographic angles. The story goes that this creek was kept well stocked with fish when Pres. Calvin Coolidge came to visit. He was thrilled with the "natural" fishing and extended his stay. Afterwards, he looked favorably on SD's requests. The creek name is another homage to Pres. Coolidge. Effective way... More 

1 Thank Joe B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The parts of it that we saw were small, but the story behind it was nice. The story goes that President Coolidge liked to fish there! They say that it was "very well stocked each time before he fished....there were even Secret Service under the boat in Scuba gear. Locals wonder if the Secret Service actually hooked the fish! Hmmmm?

Thank Artswim
Saint Louis, Missouri
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67 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

It was so peaceful looking that we wanted to get off the road and go fishing. Lovely story of the source of the name along with the info about the history of the lodge in the park. Loved it.

Thank Martha S
Lincoln, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

My husband and I started camping here 7 years ago on our first vacation and return every year to the same location. The grace coolidge creek hike is a lot of fun with several water crossings. A fly fishers paradise. Great way to spend an afternoon or a weekend.

Thank Amber B
Watertown, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 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

Thank tfi22
Imperial, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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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