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Sylvan Lake, Custer

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#2 of 15 in Parks in Custer
Known as the crown jewel of Custer State Park, Sylvan Lake offers views of the Black Hills that showcase the sweeping pine forest as a backdrop for dramatic rocky outcroppings along the lakeshore. Created in 1881 when Theodore Reder built a dam across Sunday Gulch, the lake offers swimming, paddle boating, fishing, and picnicking, along with access to rock climbing and hiking trails. The lake sits at the base of Harney Peak, the highest point east of the Rocky Mountains; you can use it as a starting point for excursions to the peak and the park's drive along The Needles highway. Film fans may recognize the site, which was featured in the 2007 movie "National Treasure: Book of Secrets." Plan your visit to Sylvan Lake and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Custer vacation planner.
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  • In our 2 week western adventure, this was one of our favorite places...maybe even the most favorite. We could have spent a full day or two here at Sylvan Lake. We did the trail around and had plenty o...  more »
  • We always enjoy our visits to Sylvan Lake. The lake is beautiful, the trail around the lake is beautiful and whole experience is always wonderful.  more »
  • If you go to Custer State Park, Sylvan lake is a must! A nice place to chill and relax. You can rent kayaks and paddle boards. Rock climbing is fun, but be cautious... The beach is more family orienta...  more »
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  • What can you say. It's a lake. It's beautiful . you can hike around it. Its about a mile around with a little climbing. We went when it was about 300 degrees out so the water was super refreshing. I recommend spending a couple hours there swimming and enjoying the scenery while you visit the park.
  • Loved it, beautiful lake. A funny thing happened there, while practicing with my new camera I took a picture of a Mountain Goat when focusing on a distant smoke shrouded peak. I didn't notice the Goat when I was taking the photo.
  • Great place for hiking. Lots of easy to hard trails easy to navigate as well. Very clean
  • What a really beautiful and relaxing place. We were taken here on a tour of the area . We had been looking forward to visiting the lake and we were not disappointed a truly beautiful place.
  • Beautiful place. I went there expecting to jump off some rocks but it isn't allowed so that's a bummer. The hole around the lake is nice though.
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