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Sylvan Lake

24572 Sd Highway 87, Custer, Custer State Park, Custer, SD
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Ranked #6 of 34 restaurants in Custer
Cuisines: American
Description: Located in Custer State Park in Sylvan Lake Lodge
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Description: Located in Custer State Park in Sylvan Lake Lodge
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Overland Park, Kansas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This was my family's second time visiting Sylvan Lake. We really love it here, and we love the hiking in the Sylvan Lake/Harney Peak area.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This was the only time in South Dakota that we felt the slightest bit underdressed. Not that the staff said or did anything - they couldn't have been nicer. But this is a serious restaurant serving great steaks. The best meal we had in South Dakota.

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Hindhead, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is a nice lake in the Custer State Park. Swimming, fishing and a very pleasant walk around the perimeter. Restrooms and parking.

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Wentworth, South Dakota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Located within Custer State Park, so expect to pay an entrance fee. Short distance from Hills City taking some switchback roads (paved) so enjoy the scenery. Busy place, but clear water, that takes your breath away (cool to cold) but once use to the water its great. Wonderful place for kids and adults, as there are kayaks and paddleboats to... More

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Leawood, Kansas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My family enjoys dining at historic lodges, and Sylvan Lake is so beautiful that we had high hopes for this outing. However ... even though we had a reservation and arrived 15 minutes early, we were seated 10 minutes late. Our salad was served on warm plates (seemed to be directly out of the dishwasher), and our food ranged from... More

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Madison, WI
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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I come from an area where there are gorgeous lakes, but this takes the cake. The lake is held in by "foothills" of the Needles Mountains, so it is surrounded on three sides by tall rocks, giving it a unique appearance. Our family took the 1 mile path around the lake. There is some rock hopping involved on this path... More

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Aurora, Colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is a must see if you are in the Black Hills area. The lake is gorgeous and behind the rocks is an area to explore.

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Iowa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

My family really enjoyed all the activities at Sylvan Lake, especially the hiking trail that goes around it. What a great family activity with no cost other than your park fee. Make sure you take the hiking trail that goes on the back side of the lake. It is a moderate hike but well worth it. You get to walk... More

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Minnesota
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297 reviews 297 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The hike around the lake is great! It is a very manageable hike with limited inclines. Paddle boats, kayaks and canoes are available for rent.

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

So, it is a cozy atmosphere, no view of the lake from the outside dining or anywhere else, but the inside is very nice. That is the end of my compliments for the lodge's restaurant, because they took so long to even seat us that we left. The dining room was half empty and they still took forever to seat... More

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