Sylvan Lake Campground is a great place to cool off in the summer. Located just off the highway, the pines of Black Hills Forest isolate this mid-sized group of sites from the road noise. RV campers will get a chance to know their neighbors, as the sites are nestled in nice and cozy with each other, whereas tent campers will be a little more removed and remote. Either way, you’re near Sylvan Lake, so cooling off is easy. Even on land, though, the shade of the evergreens and the naturally cool mountain nights keep the heat beat!
Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
39 sites
Up to guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Wildlife watching
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Hipcamper Barbara
Barbara B.
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March 3rd, 2022

The roads in the campground are very narrow. Parking pads are short and very narrow - some with steep drop-offs. Our 19' trailer barely fit on the pad with no room for our tow vehicle. Showers did not have hot water when we were there. The location is great, but if you have a trailer or RV longer than 16', I suggest looking somewhere else.

Hipcamper Jennifer
Jennifer H.
recommends this listing.
October 7th, 2018

Showers were always full until I started getting up at 7.

Floating on Sylvan Lake!
Hipcamper Fern
Fern T.
recommends this listing.
July 3rd, 2017

There are narrow tunnels along the Needles Highway (the most scenic and popular route to Sylvan Lake). We had to take the southern route into the campground, but this campground was so worth going out of our way for!

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Hipcamper Marie
Marie D.
recommends this listing.
May 17th, 2017

Several sites situated on a hillside- beautiful site, level tent pads, but must haul gear up. It's worth the privacy.

We had to park below our camp, and haul gear up.  But we had level sites for the tents and it seemed as if the entire hillside was ours.  We camped over Memorial Day weekend and experienced sleet and hail, down to 32 one night.  But daytime temperatures were nice and comfortably cool. We hiked Harney Peak in the rain.
Hipcamper Jennifer
Jennifer H.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 1st, 2017

A cool stop while going through South Dakota. Near a fun smaller town called Hill City and Mount Rushmore. We were in campsite 26 which was secluded and very nice and dog friendly. From the campground there are hiking trails that can take you to the lake which are relatively easy but convenient to stay off the road! The lake was pretty crowded but we were close to the 4th of July when we stayed there. There's a fun hike around the lake and through the rocks in my photo. There are non-motorized boat rentals for recreation.

Unique view of Sylvan Lake
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Custer State Park
South Dakota
United States
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43.844° N, 103.6° W
Tent / RV / Trailer: 25 Sites
(Up to people per site)
Tent / Van: 14 Sites
(Up to people per site)