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“Great location for a Black Hills vacation”
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State Game Lodge
Ranked #10 of 18 Hotels in Custer
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 9, 2012

Stayed at in a cabin 4 nights. We had 6 people. Would have been better if it was a housekeeping cabin (more room) but a terrific location and pleasant surroundings. Breakfast at the State Game Lodge was OK but meals at Legion Lake were more reasonably priced. Had lunch at Blue Bell Lodge after horseback riding and it was terrific even if a little pricey. Went on the Chuckwagon supper wagon ride. What a great experience and value. Saw a herd of about 200 Buffalo right where we stopped to eat. All in all a great vacation spot.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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sglmanager, General Manager at State Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2012

Thank you for your recent review. Custer State Park and the State Game Lodge are a great spot to headquarter out of to see the abundant wildlife and natural beauty of Custer State Park and the Black Hills.
I appreciate you taking the time to write the review and I hope you can make a return trip to the Black Hills in the near future.

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Reviewed August 8, 2012

We stayed in the Bunkhouse at State Game Lodge because we booked late and none of the cabins were available, and we loved it! Four sets of bunk beds for my husband, two sons, and me. Space for everyone. Peaceful and quiet! This isn't the place for lively nightlife and entertainment. Rather, you can enjoy the beauty and majesty of Mt. Rushmore and the incredible wildlife all around. Excellent wait staff and office staff, polite, presentable. I would recommend the lodge to any one/family who enjoys nature and history.

Room Tip: No pool or fitness center here, but hey, you can lake swim at Sylvan and hike in the park, so who ne...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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sglmanager, General Manager at State Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2012

Thank you for your recent review. Custer State Park and the State Game Lodge are a great spot to headquarter out of to see the abundant wildlife and natural beauty of Custer State Park and the Black Hills.
I appreciate you taking the time to write the review and I hope you can make a return trip to the Black Hills in the near future.

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Reviewed August 6, 2012

Part of a tour of western parks (Insight Tours). An historic and rather old state park lodge within a huge and impressive park. Stayed 2 nights. The lodge and restaurant are fine. Staff are great. The cabins are small, especially the bathroom. There was hardly room for toiletries that we had to keep in the bedroom. The bathroom was clean, however, and everything worked and was relatively modern. Beds were OK. Refrigerator but no safe. TV was good as were channel selections. There was free WI FI in the lodge but not the rooms. Adequate outlets. There was decent 3G available on AT&T. All told, average and fairly comfortable if you don't spend too much time in the cabin and don't mind the tight accommodations. BTW, a herd of about 50 bison just outside our window the morning we left (see photo).

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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sglmanager, General Manager at State Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2012

Thank you for your recent review. Custer State Park and the State Game Lodge are a great spot to headquarter out of to see the abundant wildlife and natural beauty of Custer State Park and the Black Hills.
I appreciate you taking the time to write the review and I hope you can make a return trip to the Black Hills in the near future.

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Reviewed August 6, 2012

We stayed for 4 nights in The Eisenhower room- it was a great experience all around. The room was clean and comfortable, and the old lobby/front porch were very welcoming and relaxing. The food was excellent, and it seemed reasonably priced to us. Don't miss the breakfast buffet! The best aspect of the lodge was its proximity to the wildlife loop, where we enjoyed watching buffalo, antelope, donkeys, big- horned sheep, and prairie dogs from our car!

Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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sglmanager, General Manager at State Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2012

Thank you for your recent review. Custer State Park and the State Game Lodge are a great spot to headquarter out of to see the abundant wildlife and natural beauty of Custer State Park and the Black Hills.
I appreciate you taking the time to write the review and I hope you can make a return trip to the Black Hills in the near future.

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Reviewed August 3, 2012

We stayed for one night and it was perfect for our needs. The bed was very comfortable and soft. It was very quiet. I can see drawbacks for some. Our room was T shaped with single beds the top of the T. You could see the TV from one bed and little room for another to watch. The other bed was placed directly beneath the AC. Worked perfectly for us, but again I see how it could have drawbacks for others. We had hiked a lot that day and to just go down for a good meal was very convenient. A five star for our needs, but four if we were doing anything more than an overnight.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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sglmanager, General Manager at State Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2012

Thank you for your recent review. Custer State Park and the State Game Lodge are a great spot to headquarter out of to see the abundant wildlife and natural beauty of Custer State Park and the Black Hills.
You stayed in our smallest historical room, it's perfect for the people who do not need a lot of space and who wants to experience the historical part of the Lodge on a budget.

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Reviewed August 2, 2012 via mobile

These cabins are away from the main road in a nice location within the park nestled amongst pine trees. Cabin with two double beds is small but adequate for the amount of time needed. Air conditioned and tv. Bedspreads and curtains look a bit tired. Met our needs especially to be able to stay in the park.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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sglmanager, General Manager at State Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2012

Thank you for your recent review. Custer State Park and the State Game Lodge are a great spot to headquarter out of to see the abundant wildlife and natural beauty of Custer State Park and the Black Hills.

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Reviewed July 28, 2012

We recently stayed in the Eisenhower room in the State Game Lodge. The accommodations, the service, the proximity to park attractions and the food in the lodge were all great. The park itself offers abundant opportunities to hike, view wildlife and beautiful scenery.

Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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sglmanager, General Manager at State Game Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2012

Thank you for your recent review. Custer State Park and the State Game Lodge are a great spot to headquarter out of to see the abundant wildlife and natural beauty of Custer State Park and the Black Hills.
I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the State Game Lodge and I appreciate you taking the time to write the review and I hope you can make a return trip to the Black Hills in the near future.

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Additional Information about State Game Lodge

Address: 13389 US Highway 16a, Custer, SD 57730-8351
Location: United States > South Dakota > Custer
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #10 of 18 Hotels in Custer
Hotel Class:3 star — State Game Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 101
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Custer State Park, this family accommodation once served as housing for the state's game keepers. ... more   less 
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State Game Hotel Custer
State Game Resort

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