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Sylvan Lake

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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
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Great stop in the hills... Kids were slaying trout in the morning then hiked Harney Peak in the afternoon. If you aren't up for Harney Peak there is a great path to walk around the lake.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Baker, Montana
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Edinburgh
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Very disappointing and definitely not fine dining. Should have known something was adrift when the manager introduced himself wearing jeans and T-shirt. Dinner was very mediocre at $150 for 3. Service slipshod (served two courses at once) Also need to invest in new cutlery as difficult to cut tough meat with a blunt knife. In general, feel they are milking... More 

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Baker, Montana
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Great stop in the hills... Kids were slaying trout in the morning then hiked Harney Peak in the afternoon. If you aren't up for Harney Peak there is a great path to walk around the lake.

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Gillette, Wyoming
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Met up with another family with kids at Sylvan Lake. The short 1 mile hike around the lake was great for burning off energy after a long car ride. There were picnic tables scattered throughout the shore side so we could also enjoy a picnic dinner. Plenty of parking in the day use area. The swimming beach is very shallow... More 

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Northern Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is the most perfect spot in the world. Hike Harney Peak, the take a dip in the always cold water. The scenery is amazing, it is quiet and peaceful. Truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.

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Ithaca, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We drove up Needles Road to get to Sylvan Lake Lodge on a very foggy evening. Needles was absolutely beautiful with spikey boulders all along the curvy highway and beautiful views. The restaurant at the lodge was amazing and a step back in time with a variety of wild game on the wall and dark wood paneling. The food was... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Sylvan Lake was one of the most beautiful places we saw on our family vacation out to South Dakota. Truly, this Lake looks like something from Middle Earth! The walking path goes around the lake and takes you up a rocky hill, through a "secret" passage, and by a waterfall. You can climb easily out onto a rock island in... More 

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london
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

A Great Lake to visit and take a stroll round and the just sit and soak up the peace.There are pedals and boats and a general store.

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Ogden, Utah, United States
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The rock formations cropping up in this lake are really cool. It was pretty neat to see it especially if you've seen the movie; it was cool to say, "been there and saw that."

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We stopped here for lunch after Harney Peak hike. We were so happy with the choice. Great good quality food. I had the turkey blt. Good options besides the basic burger and fries everywhere else.

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Belmont, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

My husband and I were staying at the Sylvan Lake Lodge and decided to eat dinner in the restaurant. Excellent decision on our part! Our server was, I think, Christina, and she is very professional and knowledgeable about the menu. I ordered the rib eye steak with mashed potatoes and the vegetable of the day which happened to be my... More 

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

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  • 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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