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Sylvan Lake, Custer

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web
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." To visit Sylvan Lake on your trip to Custer, use our Custer tour planner.
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  • Walking around and exploring this lake was a perfect break on our drive. This would be a great spot for a picnic. 
  • We stopped there on our tour, because our Guide knew exactly that this was the spot where National Treasure was filmed, because she was there. The Lake was beautiful. 
  • We love Sylvan Lake. Beautiful scenery. We always take the hike around the lake which is a little risky when climbing the rocks but so worth it. Would recommend to anyone. 
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