We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Good Campground” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Legion Lake

Legion Lake
Custer, SD
Improve this listing
Ranked #9 of 20 Attractions in Custer
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Mountain biking, Fishing
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: A recreational and beach area.
Ohio USA
Top Contributor
123 reviews 123 reviews
86 attraction reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
“Good Campground”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

There are a lot of choices for campgrounds in Custer State Park, but not being familiar with any of them, we just had to take a guess at which one we thought would be the best. We chose Legion Lake for several reasons: 1. It's small - we thought it wouldn't be too crowded or noisy and we were right 2. it was in a good place to access the Needles Highway, Sylvan Lake and the Wildlife Loop. 3. It was within a few minutes walk to Legion Lake where the swimming was good. There is also a small restaurant and gift shop near the lake. I think we made the right choice with this campground. Oh - be careful of the bison who wander through the campground - they are magnificent but you have to make sure to stay clear of them, be quiet, and move slowly - they can be dangerous. And here's big compliment to the state parks of South Dakota - best bathrooms and showers we've ever seen.

Visited September 2011
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

64 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    36
    17
    9
    1
    1
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
at home
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

We stopped for lunch at their diner, and it was great. Laid back, casual, you can come in with swim covers up on and not feel out of place. A comfortable friendly spot. The lake looked inviting, but we'd already swam at Sylvan that morning, so we skipped it. Next time!

Visited July 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Rochester, New York
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Nice, but not much”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

My husband and I decided to spend the night at Legion Lake. The cabin was overpriced for what you get. Also, the lake is beautiful, but the beach is very small. There were families there who seemed to have 60 kids each, so it was super loud too. Not a relaxing experience.

Visited July 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Niagara Falls, New York
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
17 attraction reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Legion Lake Campground Top Notch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

The legion Lake campground is much newer than other's in the park and not as many sites but ours was perfect! We were next to the very congenial host, Ralph, and looked right across the road to Legion Lake. The sites are all paved and there might be a few undesireable ones but most are great. From our site we watched the same buck and doe cross the road from one set of trees to the next. They went back everyday.
Our neighbors related that a few buffalo walked through the camp one day - what a sight that would have been!
The restrooms were very clean, as were the showers.
Ralph came by daily to see how we were doing, and called the rangers for us when we wanted to know where the buffalo were. A very nice camp, very clean and friendly.

Visited July 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“There are better things to do”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

Small beach, run down facilities and chilly water. There's gotta be a better beach in the area.

Visited July 2012
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Legion Lake also viewed

 

Been to Legion Lake? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Legion Lake, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.