My family has been going to Legion Lake for well over 40 years. This was my 22nd stay there, if I've calculated correctly.
Legion Lake Resort consists of 25 (or so) cabins and a lodge building with a small store and restaurant. The lake itself is small and offers fishing, swimming and limited (non-motorized) boating. They have "housekeeping" cabins with small kitchens and "sleeping" cabins with no kitchens. All of the cabins were built in the 1920's or 1930's but have been kept up to date. Central air conditioning was added to each cabin in the last year. They all have Dish TV and the housekeeping cabins got microwave ovens this year.
The two "modern" things the cabins are missing are telephones and Internet access. Cell phones work fine at the cabins and if you need Internet access, you can access WiFi down by the lodge.
My "Above average" rating is for this year. Some years are better than others and the only thing that prevented me from giving Legion Lake an "excellent" rating this year was their inability to handle some very specific reservation requests. I split a 2-week reservation with other family members (they took the first week and we took the second week). Having someone come in in the middle of a 2-week reservation and ask for keys seemed to be a problem and wasn't handled real well. It all worked out, and I don't imagine most people face this.
Other than that, all was excellent. We ate in the restaurant twice (food and service both above average) and really enjoyed our stay. Once a day, the housekeeping crew comes by and they'll do whatever is needed at the cabin (new towels, take out the trash, whatever). You can shoo them away if you just want to be left alone.
We cooked breakfast each morning (sausage and eggs). Be careful - the smoke alarms are pretty sensitive.
Legion Lake is a great place all in all -- always has been. It's central to the Southern Black Hills; about halfway between Custer and Iron Mountain Road. Great hiking right outside your cabin door.
I'll add some pictures when I get a chance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This Custer State Park accommodation is located near Legion Lake and offers access to fishing and mountain biking. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Legion Lake Hotel Custer