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Sylvan Lake Campground

Sylvan Lake

The campground is located near Sylvan Lake.

Rich in history and natural beauty, Sylvan Lake holds the designation as Custer State Park's crown Jewel. The lake was created in 1881 when Theodore Reder built a dam across Sunday Gulch. In 1921, this unique lake became a part of the newly-created Custer State Park.

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HikingBoating - NonmotorizedRock ClimbingSwimming

Facilities / Services

Sanitation / Water

  • Flush toilets and showers
  • Vault Toilets
  • Drinking Water

Restrictions / Closures

Due to low and narrow road tunnels on Highway 87 (Needles Highway), large RVs and trucks should use Highway 89. The junction of Highway16A and Highway 89 is located on the east side of the City of Custer, SD.

Sites are close together and are not good for large tents or RVs over 27 feet.


Sylvan Lake Lodge

Sylvan Lake Lodge offers a restaurant, lounge, a general store, hiking trails, water sports and breathtaking views of Harney Peak.

Contact by phone: 888.875.0001

  • Full service restaurant
  • Cafeteria
  • Store / Gift Shop
  • Fishing Licenses
  • Boat and water sport rentals

Park Specs

Highest campground elevation: 6200 feet


Located 1/4 mile from Sylvan Lake off of SD Highway 87 North (Needles Highway).

GPS Coordinates
Lat: 43.843695
Long: -103.6

Note: Vehicles towing campers should travel SD Highway 89 North from Custer.


Campground Map

Area Attractions

Nearest Town

Custer: 7 miles
Rapid City: 37 miles
Hill City: 9 miles


Camping fees are subject to sales tax.

Park entrance license required year-round