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Sylvan Lake

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Address: Custer, SD
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Popular lake in Custer State Park.

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So pretty

Came here in winter with it frozen solid. Such a beautiful setting with the rock pinnacles around it. The drive in is so so scenic.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Mike O
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Houston, Texas

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Came here in winter with it frozen solid. Such a beautiful setting with the rock pinnacles around it. The drive in is so so scenic.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This lake is excellent for swimming (but cold!), boating, and fishing. There is a nice hiking trail that goes around the lake, including over some rocks and through a tunnel. This trail also hooks up to some longer trails that lead off through the state park and national forest, including Black Elk (formerly Harney) Peak. There is a lodge and... More 

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Lewellen, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this is a great place for a picnic, and for an easy hike to stretch your legs and get out of the car!

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Custer, SD
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sylvan Lake is a wonderful place for a picnic or a hike. The Sunday Gulch hike is my favorite. It is also the beginning for a hike up Harney peak.

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Juneau, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

Lots of places to explore, if you follow the path some think it just ends but there are hidden walkways you can take, just have to be a little adventurous. Some of the hidden sights felt like Indiana jones movies

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Bedfordshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

This is in Custer State Park, there is a car park and plenty of paths to walk on, these are easy to walk on

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016 via mobile

We (Mom,Dad, 10b,9b,6g,3g) camped in the Sylvan Lake Campground for the better part of the week. We spent about 3 days swimming, fishing, and kayaking(bring your own if you really want to enjoy the lake, renting for an hour isn't enough time). We saw a lot of people spending a few hours walking or swimming, but having spent all that... More 

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McFarland, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016

Sylvan lake is just beautiful. It's so unique and picturesque. We hiked the trail around the lake and sat on the rock and and just enjoyed it's beauty.

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Berkley
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Sylvan Lake simply mesmerized me. You can walk all around the lake and watch the group sparkle with quartz. There is some hiking to be done as well. The water was so blue and serene that the rocks had perfect reflections. We didn't plan on stopping here, but while driving the Needles Highway, we saw it and had to stop... More 

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Tucson, Arizona, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016 via mobile

The general store and cabins surrounding the lake were closed for the season but there were still people walking the path around the lake. It is a beautiful blue lake surrounded by pine trees. The cabins sit up high on a hill with a wonderful view of the lake. I will be back to rent one of those lake cabins.

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