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24572 Sd Highway 87, Custer, Custer State Park, Custer, SD 57730
605.574.2561
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Beautiful

Needles scenic drive is spectacular, and we started from Sylvan Lodge, where we purchased our state park permit. We were able to do a mini-hike at the lodge.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 30, 2014
Mary R
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The Villages, Florida
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Fremont, California
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2,500 reviews 2,500 reviews
782 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Sylvan Lake is a beautiful lake in Custer State Park. We had nice views of the lake and forest from our patio room at Sylvan Lake Lodge. We had a nice dinner which was good; service was just ok. They comp'd us a a glass of wine though for our patient wait. We also walked around most of the lake... More 

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Custer, South Dakota
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84 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Take off place for easy hike around the lake or up to Harny peak. You can also fish rent a boat or sw here. Take needles highway when you leave here

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Dublin, Ohio
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

You can access Sylvan Lake by taking Needles Highway, Sunday Gultch Trail circles the lake leading to waterfalls and picturesque views of the area. This is a great location to enjoy a few quiet moments before tackling the amazing scenery.

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Mpls, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We needed a place to stop and relax after spending many hours at the Crazy Horse memorial and we happened upon this picture perfect park. Great time taking pictures and enjoying ice cream and coffee.

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The Villages, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Needles scenic drive is spectacular, and we started from Sylvan Lodge, where we purchased our state park permit. We were able to do a mini-hike at the lodge.

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Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey
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41 reviews 41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Just remember to fish with worms and corn like the locals. This is not a bass lake, trout only! There's also a nice hike around the perimeter. Just an awesome place!!

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19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The food at the Sylvan Lake Lodge restaurant is truly spectacular and the service is outstanding, not to mention the beautiful views from the large windows. Meals here are quite pricey (the most expensive of our trip), but the food is also the best we ate while in SD! I enjoyed the salmon while my husband had the filet -... More 

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Ridgeway, WI
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

After traveling with two toddlers for half a day, we were looking forward to just grabbing a quick meal and eating at the lake. The "grill" at the General Store was terrible. Most of the menu items were crossed off their hand-written menu on the wall, and I'm embarassed to say we paid $18 for 3 corn dogs. UGH. We... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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66 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We stopped here for lunch and after viewing the menu, our waiter informed us that we only had a choice of 6 items. Not sure why we were given menus in the first place. The salad and the sandwich were good. We were just confused. The lodge is beautiful.

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Redlands, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

My wife and I came to the area to celebrate our 35th anniversary and chose the Sylvan Lake Lodge for a nice evening meal. I love game options and they offer buffalo, elk, pheasant and walleye. It is not a cheap meal - it is at least twice the price of the meals at the Blue Bell Lodge, where we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 24572 Sd Highway 87, Custer, Custer State Park, Custer, SD 57730
  • Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Custer
  • Phone Number: 605.574.2561

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

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