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Sylvan Lake

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Address: Custer, SD
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Popular lake in Custer State Park.

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Great Place for a Swim

We stopped here for a day of swimming - the water was cold but refreshing in the month of July. My son really enjoyed swimming out to the rocks that jut out of the lake and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
playerblue99
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Puyallup, Washington

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Mankato, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Has a gift shop. Docks to fish on. Trail around part of lake. Didn't stay at cabin. Just along needles eye road. Saw fish jump. Just walked along gravel path. Pretty.

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Puyallup, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stopped here for a day of swimming - the water was cold but refreshing in the month of July. My son really enjoyed swimming out to the rocks that jut out of the lake and jumping off. Our dog couldn't go in the official swim area, but she could, and did, swim with us at other spots around the... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here in winter with it frozen solid. Such a beautiful setting with the rock pinnacles around it. The drive in is so so scenic.

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Thank Mike O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This lake is excellent for swimming (but cold!), boating, and fishing. There is a nice hiking trail that goes around the lake, including over some rocks and through a tunnel. This trail also hooks up to some longer trails that lead off through the state park and national forest, including Black Elk (formerly Harney) Peak. There is a lodge and... More 

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Lewellen, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this is a great place for a picnic, and for an easy hike to stretch your legs and get out of the car!

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Custer, SD
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Sylvan Lake is a wonderful place for a picnic or a hike. The Sunday Gulch hike is my favorite. It is also the beginning for a hike up Harney peak.

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Juneau, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Lots of places to explore, if you follow the path some think it just ends but there are hidden walkways you can take, just have to be a little adventurous. Some of the hidden sights felt like Indiana jones movies

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This is in Custer State Park, there is a car park and plenty of paths to walk on, these are easy to walk on

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

We (Mom,Dad, 10b,9b,6g,3g) camped in the Sylvan Lake Campground for the better part of the week. We spent about 3 days swimming, fishing, and kayaking(bring your own if you really want to enjoy the lake, renting for an hour isn't enough time). We saw a lot of people spending a few hours walking or swimming, but having spent all that... More 

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McFarland, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Sylvan lake is just beautiful. It's so unique and picturesque. We hiked the trail around the lake and sat on the rock and and just enjoyed it's beauty.

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