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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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I am so glad we stopped here! Besides Badlands National Park, this was our other highlight to our Mt Rushmore trip. Spend a full sunny day here minimum to capture just part of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am so glad we stopped here! Besides Badlands National Park, this was our other highlight to our Mt Rushmore trip. Spend a full sunny day here minimum to capture just part of this place

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Elkview, West Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lovely, picturesque lake with rocks jutting out of the water. It's a great place for a picnic and has an excellent walking trail around the lake. Take time to enjoy watching the birds and the fish jumping. Fishing and boating are available too.

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Mankato, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 17 February 2017

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

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 4 February 2017

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 18 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 12 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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