Sylvan Lake

Your Guide to Custer State Park

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Few truly wild places remain in this country. Custer State Park is one of them. Nearly 1,300 bison wander the park’s 71,000 acres, which they share with pronghorn antelope, elk, mountain goats and a band of burros. Trail rides, scenic drives, bike rides and safari tours are perfect ways to explore this impressive South Dakota attraction.

Sylvan lake
Sylvan Lake

Reflected in clear mountain waters, needles of granite splay into blue sky above emerald forests and windswept prairies, where herds of wildlife roam free.

Buffalo Roundup
Round 'Em Up

Watch as wranglers and rangers round up more than 1,000 stampeding buffalo during the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup, held the last Friday of September.

Kayaking Sylvan Lake
Sylvan Lake Kayaking
Mountain Lakes

Sylvan, Legion, Stockade and Center Lakes provide ways to cool off or catch dinner. Experience summertime fun while swimming, paddle boating, canoeing, hydrobiking and fly fishing.

Fly Fishing
Cast a line into trout fishing heaven.
Rock Climbing
Climb and keep climbing.
Spend a Night With Nature.
Let Your Feet Be Your Guide

Hit the trails! Explore 71,000 acres of park land where outdoor vacation adventures and nearby hotels.

wildlife loop
Wildlife Loop - Custer State Park
Wildlife Loop
Scenic Byway
Scenic Byway
Cruise Along Scenic Byways
Take in the Nature and Wildlife that Surrounds You!

Whether it’s Needles Highway or Iron Mountain Road, discover the forest, tunnels, pigtail bridges and scenery along roads that engineers said could not be built. See the buffalo roam and a variety of animals including deer, antelope, begging burros, elk, big horn sheep, and prairie dogs.

Black Elk Peak
Black Elk Peak
Black Elk Peak

At 7,242 feet, Black Elk Peak (formerly Harney Peak) is the highest point in the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains. It’s topped by a stone fire tower and offers a magnificent view of the Black Hills. Access is available via trailheads within the park and the Black Elk Wilderness Area.

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Needles Highway
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