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Popular lake in Custer State Park.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Custer, SD
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We went here after seeing it was voted the most beautiful lake in South Dakota. Definitely a beautiful lake, well maintained day use areas. We plan on going back as often as we can. Really pretty rock formations all around this area.

Thank Alan N
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited in October and it was ~20 degrees. This lake was gorgeous and I wish we had visited during warmer months where we could have truly enjoyed it. Instead, we just stopped for photos.

Thank Mindy M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed a beautiful (although chilly) afternoon at the lake as a part of a wedding. What a gorgeous venue!

Thank Kim H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful place, and it was so peaceful when we were there. Wildlife and sceenery was just amazing.

Thank Torunn F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful little lake for kayaking. The stone formations in the lake are beautiful. Quiet little place in the park . Good family fun or couples get away .

Thank mail4jo40
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sylvan Lake is very scenic lake with large granite formations rising from the water's edge. There is an easy one mile loop trail around the lake with a net elevation gain of only 100 feet. We only walked around half the trail and doubled back...More

Thank adventurer1234
Reviewed 1 week ago

This lake is part of Custer State Park, just a little distance away from the main area. It is BEAUTIFUL here...pristine, quiet. There is a trail (1 mile) around the lake that has some steps and a place for you to climb on the rocks....More

Thank Lisa D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came across this scenic area after the Needles Hwy drive was coming to an end. Gorgeous and you will want to take a couple pictures.

Thank alanvoetsch
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found this lake driving through Custer Park, we walked around entire lake with beautiful scenery at every turn

Thank 68gogirl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoy hiking around the lake. Our grandchildren love climbing on the rocks. We often take longer hikes in trails behind the loop trail for some incredible views. The kids love to cool down in the lake after our hike. Visiting Sylvan Lake is one...More

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david r
August 25, 2018|
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Response from somanyfoods | Reviewed this property |
The trails I know about are hiking/walking types. I don’t know if you can ride bicycle on The Harney Peak Trail as most of it is a wider path until you get to the top. There are several good hikes from Sylvan Lake, ask... More
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sloomis31
July 7, 2018|
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Response from fnuss1 | Reviewed this property |
Gym shoes will work.
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Lisa R
July 6, 2018|
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Response from gratefultravelgal82 | Reviewed this property |
$20 for a day pass! Not too sure on dogs? I believe you can’t have them on the beach, but I would check the Custer State Park website. 🙂
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