Sylvan Lake is probably the most recognizable of the five lakes in the Custer State Park and one of the lakes in the Black Hills. It's definitely a favorite of nearly anyone who's seen it, especially photographers, artists or anyone who's seen the Nicolas Cage movie "National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets" (although the location might seem off). Sylvan Lake is a popular spot for weddings and other special occasions, or as one might find the most beautiful swimming hole.
Since before the park even existed, Sylvan Lake has been one of the most popular spots in the park, and as a result, it has almost every amenity imaginable from rooms and fine dining in the historic Sylvan Lake Lodge to campsites (sorry, no large RVs or trailers), a general store, fantastic hiking trails and more. There are also rentals for swimming beaches and boats (non-motorized only) where visitors can rent paddle boats, canoes or other rentals for watercraft. Fishing is permitted in any of the lakes in Custer State Park with a valid South Dakota fishing license.
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