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Address: Custer, SD
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Located at Custer State Park, this lake offers fishing, swimming and a...

Located at Custer State Park, this lake offers fishing, swimming and a nearby campground.

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This was by far one of our favorite spots in Custer State Park! It is a relatively small lake, but it was extremely clear and beautiful! We did some hiking around the lake and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 26, 2015
Jennie F
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015 via mobile

This was by far one of our favorite spots in Custer State Park! It is a relatively small lake, but it was extremely clear and beautiful! We did some hiking around the lake and fishing. We caught a few small trout, but we did not keep them. Our highlight was fishing near the dam then walking back behind the dam... More 

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Thank Jennie F
Fort Smith, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Most of the campgrounds in Custer State Park seemed to be oriented mainly for RV's and are too open and unshaded for my taste but the Center Lake campground has lots of tall pines and shade and a pretty little lake. The showers were a nice bonus!

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Thank H2Owl
Stillwater, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Great fishing area, lots of shade! We caught some Pike, which we had never fished for before, and of course released back into the lake!

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Thank Gmom62013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This lake is beautiful, surrounded on almost all sides by steep hills covered in pine forest. Custer State Park allows free canoe and kayak "rentals" certain days of the week for a couple of hours in the afternoon. We did that and the kids really enjoyed it. Then they swam at the swim beach, which seemed fairly free of mud... More 

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Thank Jeff E
Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This lake is excellent with a nice campground and day facilities, boat launch, grills, on site hosts and good fishing. But we went there specifically for the swimming beach, which has to potential to be just as great as the rest of the lake. It is a nice beach with well marked buoys for the swimming area, a changing building,... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Fun in the sun...nice beach and beautiful scenery. We were able to participate in park sponsored fishing for our daughter as well as canoeing. Very pretty area. It has picnic tables and facilities for showering and outhouses. A nice place to be. Free to visit once you've paid for park entry pass.

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Thank Leisa F
Flagstaff, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Beautiful, fairly quiet, and near the Playhouse. State park permit is trquired. The beach areas are small. There is a nice easy hike around the lake.

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Miller
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We LOVE Center Lake!! We go camping here at least once a year. It is quiet and out of the way. There is no traffic sounds. The lake is beautiful, with a great beach area for swimming. There is a wonderful hiking trail that goes around the lake that offers breathtaking views. The pine smell is wonderful. The beautiful pine... More 

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2 Thank Wayne A
Aurora, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We did not really take advantage of any of the multitude of options one could experience here (camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, etc) but it is a very pretty lake with lots of pine trees surrounding the lake. It is just a short distance off the main Needles Highway (or the Iron Mountain Rd from the other side) but apparently it... More 

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Thank MT1
Crown Point, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This is the kind of lake you imagine when you think about a summer camp lake. Pine forests surround the lake with trees close to the shore. You can swim in the lake, and there was a small movie screen and restrooms located near the water. The water seemed to have a green algae tint, but was very nice.

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