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“Best kept secret” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Center Lake

Center Lake
Custer, SD
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Ranked #12 of 24 attractions in Custer
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Swimming, Fishing, Camping
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Owner description: Located at Custer State Park, this lake offers fishing, swimming and a nearby campground.
Valley City, North Dakota
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55 reviews 55 reviews
15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Best kept secret”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

I am only writing this because I am moving out of South Dakota, otherwise I wouldn't share this secret. But this is a great little lake for camping, fishing, swimming, and kayaking. The water is pretty clear, you can see trout swimming in it quite easily. If you stand in the swimming area part of the lake, you will see fish swimming around your feet. I once caught a trout with my bare hands there. And bison walk through the campsite sometimes. You can only reserve a campsite here the day of your stay, though.

Visited June 2012
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South Dakota
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127 reviews 127 reviews
49 attraction reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“Always a treat!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Pretty lake in a pretty setting. Closest CG to the Black HIll Playhouse. Very lovely picnic (day use only) area - right on the lake shore. CG areas are back a little - nice country feel, easy access.

Visited August 2012

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Kansas City, Missouri
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49 reviews 49 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Peaceful and uncrowded”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

This small lake with wooded shoreline and some handsome rock formations is a fine picnic and fishing spot. We fished directly off the dock by the boat ramp and caught enough trout for several dinners. We stayed as the sun went down, when the trout start surfacing and it was like watching a trout ballet as multiple fish spashed to the surface, some clearing the lake by 4-6 inches as they jumped into the air. We saw no more that 3 - 4 other people the whole afternoon we were there.

Visited September 2012
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Alameda, CA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Nice beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

Nice place for a picnic or a swim. Clean, not crowded the day we went. Very peaceful.

Visited June 2012
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Prairie Village, Kansas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Nice Fishing Spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

Although we didn't catch much as this lake, our entire family enjoyed the scenic beauty, relatively easy access, amble picnic tables, and bathroom facilities available at this beautiful lake.

Visited June 2012
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