• Sylvan Lake - East Custer, South Dakota

      Photo by Peter Thody
      This beautiful - and extremely photogenic - lake was created in 1881 when Theodore Reder built a dam across Sunday Gulch. Described as the "crown jewel" of Custer State Park, Sylvan Lake offers a swimming beach and boat rentals, and there's a wonderful loop trail that leads between the rock formations that make this such a distinctive site (and a popular wedding venue).

      If you go:
      The Sylvan Lake campground is open from late May to the end of September (not suitable for large RVs). The upscale Sylvan Lake Lodge, built in 1937, is also nearby.


      SD Hwy 87 North
      East Custer, South Dakota 57730 USA

      Mailing address:
      Custer State Park
      13329 US Hwy 16A
      Custer, SD 57730 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Park Headquarters
      +1 (605) 255-4515

      Campground reservations
      +1 (800) 710-2267