My husband and I were there in the mid 90's when we were dating, and decided to bring our 3 boys back. We stayed in a tent in the tent only area lower loop. There are 6 large sites right on the lake with a bathroom (outhouse style toilets) and water pump nearby. The swimming beach is suffice and there are awesome walking trails through the woods (and over large rocks!) to a damn on the other side of the lake. Park staff were always scooting around in their golf carts and vehicles and were as helpful as could be.... they really seemed to genuinely enjoy their jobs. I've never seem a campground that even comes close to how beautiful and peaceful this one is. The sites are in very wooded areas which makes it seem more like true camping. Our 3 boys had a blast, exploring, climbing rocks, and fishing for trout just down from our site.
My only complaint is the loud, large group that came our last day there. Our peaceful oasis was no longer peaceful. Quiet time is 11pm-6am but being we had to get up early and drive 13 hours the next day, I did have to go out at 10:30pm and ask them to please zip it. Chatter around a campfire after 10pm is ok, but yelling is not when there are families with children camping next to you. It'd be nice if the campground would make quiet time 10pm rather than 11.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Custer State Park near Center Lake. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Center Lake Campground Hotel Custer
- Lake Campground