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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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Beautiful!!

Sylvian lake was sooooo beautiful. The rock formations are amazing, the water is clear, there's a small sand beach & hiking. Fun for the whole family!

Reviewed July 4, 2016
Katie E

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Reviewed July 4, 2016

Sylvian lake was sooooo beautiful. The rock formations are amazing, the water is clear, there's a small sand beach & hiking. Fun for the whole family!

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Sylvania, Ohio
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Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

While visiting Custer State Park, we decided to cool off at Sylvan Lake. It was a beautiful spot to visit on a hot day. Our kids enjoyed swimming in the Lake and climbing the rocks. Bring chairs and a ice chest, an umbrella is a good idea as well. Due to crowds, shade is hard to come by.

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Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful, and some decent hikes to fill your day. Lots to do in the area if you're active.... the wildlife loop and needles eye are close by if you're not.

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Oklahoma City
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Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

This was a return visit after several years and was still worth the relatively short drive from Rapid City for photographing scenery, boating and hiking. We saw many families swimming and a late afternoon wedding. Highly recommended. Wish process for renting a boat was more streamlined and quicker.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

The setting of a clean lake high up in the Black Hills back dropped by steep mtn peaks was beautiful! The kids took turns fishing from the shore and went swimming. They had a blast! We walked down the path to the outflow over a damp. I love dams so this was awesome even though it is only a trickle... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed July 2, 2016

Sylvan Lake was fantastic and beautiful. It takes about 45 minutes to walk the trail around the lake and the setting is wonderful. Loved the rock formations and the clear water!

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Reviewed July 1, 2016

This lake is wonderful. The water is clean and clear there are rocks out in the middle to swim to and climb on. The kids had a great time.

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Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed June 30, 2016

The Sylvan Lake area was a nice place to stop and take a walk around the lake. Plenty of opportunities to admire the rock formations and take pictures. There were a few longer hiking trails that I would have loved to explore if we had more time. Other activities at the lake include swimming, kayaking, and canoeing. There is a... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

Scenic surrounding, clean beach and lots of fun. Good for young children. One can rent a Kayak. Overall a great place. Harney peak trek adds to fun.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful Lake with Rock dam. Nice trail around Lake with couple longer options. Plenty of other fun in paddle sports or swimming.

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