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Custer State Park - Game Lodge Campground

Custer, South Dakota


13389 US-16A
Custer, South Dakota 57730
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Sites: 50
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 43.76077
Longitude: -103.37089

Elevation: 4162' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball no
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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36 Reviews

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2019 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

Loved this place. Stayed 2 nights. Large sites. Very peaceful. Easy walk to Game Lodge for restaurant & bar. Purchase fire wood at the gift shop. Water is easily available. Fill up before you finalize/park. Dump station is in the same loop at the (only) water spigot. Little laundry is in the same area. We camped at Custer State Park - Game Lodge Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 59
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: May, 2019 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Custer State Park is one of our most favorite parks...you will see wildlife, and its often right out your back door. We stayed in the Game Lodge campground, which is right next to the entrance of the Wildlife Loop and your ticket to seeing herds of buffalo, often right next to the road. This is an excellent campground. We stayed in site #11 which is right near the dump station, water source and laundromat. There is an excellent paved walking path that runs for miles; its a short walk, from here, to both the Visitor Center and the Game Lodge. We camped at Custer State Park - Game Lodge Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
11
Site Surface
Asphalt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The food is excellent at the Lodge, but expect to pay a pretty penny for your food. The Visitor Center has a wonderful large screen theater and the excellent movie is narrated by Keven Costner. Crazy Horse - This mountain carving has been under construction for 70 years and will not be done in our life time. It is an amazing creation and well worth the visit. Plan to spend a lot of time in the museum, its well worth it.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

We absolutely loved our stay at Custer State Park! We should have booked earlier (I think it was early May when we booked) because we had to change from Grace Coolidge to Game Lodge after 3 nights then finished our stay, 2 nights at Game Lodge. The park offers so much! Wildlife, trails, restaurants, water sports and beauty! We also were able to do trips to Mount Rushmore and Crazy House. It is so clean and beautiful! We had delightful camp hosts. I hope to return again some day. We camped at Custer State Park - Game Lodge Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 61
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Great campground. Brushed a few light branches on the entry, otherwise the access was great. Sites were level and well spaced. There is a section along the river mostly for tents, most of the other sites looked big rig friendly. We moved sites because we were not able to have reservations for two nights at one. Both were clean and spacious. The camp host stopped by to check on our "departure" too. Road noise was miminal, occasionally a loud motorcycle but not a problem. Walked to the game lodge and the path continued up to the visitors center. Close to Needles, Rushmore and Crazy Horse too. We camped at Custer State Park - Game Lodge Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
21 and 1
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Shop before you arrive. Stores are not close. Went to Iron Mt road about 7 am and got caught up in the Bison heard moving up from the gate area. Needles highway is a spectacular drive. Saw a mountain goat at the tunnel entrance.

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We were at Custer State Park/Game Lodge with an electric hook-up site. We used the showers, which were clean. The showers also had a steady stream of water. Park hosts were in the area and easy to get in touch with. Our site was clean. We camped at Custer State Park - Game Lodge Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

Custer is a beautiful state park with LOTs of wildlife--bison, pronghorn, elk, deer, coyote, and more. The camp hosts here are very helpful. The sites are level and relatively easy to back into. The only utility is electricity. Don't miss taking the game loop road especially at dawn or dusk to see lots of wildlife. Ask in the Visitor Center to find out where the "big bison herd" is located. A sight not to be missed--especially when they cross the road. We camped at Custer State Park - Game Lodge Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Near the entrance
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Don't miss driving to Mount Rushmore on the windy road with one-lane tunnels. The badlands is about 100 miles away but makes a nice day trip.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

I had my doubts since no water or sewer, but it is really a very nice campground. There is a convenient fill station and dump station inside the campground so you can get potable water there. Cell phone coverage was very good. We camped at Custer State Park - Game Lodge Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
22E
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Custer State Park is a great park, more like a national park. Lots of wildlife and we got stuck in a cool bison traffic jam as we drove very slowly in and around 200 bison on the road.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

A quiet, clean, very well maintained park in an awesome setting. The sites were well spaced to provide some privacy. Sites and roads are paved. Bathrooms and showers were the cleanest I've encountered. We never were visited by the camp host, but the seasonal maintenance folks came by everyday just to make sure we were doing well. This is an electric only park- no water- but they do provide a portable water hydrant to fill your tanks. We camped at Custer State Park - Game Lodge Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Custer State Park is a beautiful park in it's own right, but the area also offers plenty of outdoor activities. Mount Rushmore, the town of Custer and Crazy Horse Memorial are all nearby. Excellent dining available at the Game Lodge Resort featuring elk, bison and rattlesnake- along with the more pedestrian beef, fish and chicken. I didn't have time to explore the streams, but I understand some excellent fly fishing is nearby in the park.

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Review Count: 44
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

VERY quiet. Excellent shade that is trimmed back from roads and located next to the start of the animal loop. Accomodations for 40'+ class A coaches is limited but the sites that are large enough are very nice. Site #28 is beside a small brook and is the best spot in park with #27 being next. Access to sites is easy but all appear to be back in. Negatives are some sites are not very level and no sewer or water available. With sewer and water my rating would have been a 9/10. We camped at Custer State Park - Game Lodge Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
28E
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Suggest doing everything suggested in the park brochure you receive on entry.

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Review Count: 31
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Clean modern restrooms with free showers. Electric only. Good spacing. Site 7 was fully sun exposed but felt very private. Sites are paved but slightly unlevel. Leaves were changing (Sep 23-26) which made the whole area gorgeous. Lots of deer came through park. One way road through the campground and all sites not angled correctly for this so depending on your site you may have to drive wrong way to get your hookup on the correct side. We camped at Custer State Park - Game Lodge Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Custer State Park Visitor Center is across the road. Stop in to get info on current park activities and things to see - the rangers are very knowledgable.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Great location, well cared for and recently updated facility. Only warning is to take caution when leveling, the recently paved sites are deceivingly unlevel. Also, layout of road forces you to drive wrong way on 1 way street to easily back in. Not an issue, just an observation. Awesome place in an awesome park. We camped at Custer State Park - Game Lodge Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
GL05E
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Mount Rushmore night lighting is a must.

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Huge spaces with amazing views, wildlife and tons of informative programs. Site was newly paved but not level, but long enough for our 38' FW and tow vehicle. Walking distance to the new visitors center, fishing/swimming pond and playground. The only drawback was no sewer or water, but we were fine with that. The location was easy access to nearby attractions (Badlands, Mt Rushmore), plus the Jeep tours and chuckwagon left from the Game Lodge area. The best place to camp to experience the black hills! We camped at Custer State Park - Game Lodge Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
GL01E
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Even though you'll see bison on the Wildlife Loop, take the Jeep tour - we got so close we could hear them breathe!

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful spacious sites with great shade trees and views. Loved the buffalo just outside the fence. Clean showers, clean restrooms. Even the pit toilets were spotless. Wish we had stayed here for our entire stay instead of moving to a private campground for the last half of our stay. Park staff were quick to remove tree limbs after a wind storm. I can't recommend this place enough!! We camped at Custer State Park - Game Lodge Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
GL09E
Site Surface
Asphalt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Book a site early in the year as this park is very busy. Beautiful area. In summer, try to get shady sites next to the creek!

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Review Count: 168
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 30

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

Fees of $20 for 7 days in S. Dakota parks, plus $25 campground plus more for taxes totaled $34 for our one night. But the campground is very nice, bordered by the highway a little off and a beautiful creek on the other side along which are well bordered tent sites. The campground is a well mowed lush green grass field with small and medium trees, with a multi-looped asphalt one way road and well spaced not always quite leveled asphalt sites with 20, 30, 50 amp electricity. One dump and several water threaded faucets. Two bathhouses with hot showers and a few pit toilet huts. A paved path great for biking and hiking borders the highway leading up to a large store, lodge, cabins, and pavilion up road (north) from the campground. Small playground. The vehicle sites are slanted to the campground road so one side you can back in, the other side just follow the loop and on the return you are set to back in the other side. There are ranger presentations. We camped at Custer State Park - Game Lodge Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 79
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

This state park is more like a national park, in fact, it's nicer than some national parks! Beautiful centrally located campground with spacious paved sites surrounded by grass and lots of tree. You can walk to the visitors center across the street (be sure to see the film), fish in the creek that borders the campground, take the paved hike and bike trail to the Game Lodge, or just stay put and watch the buffalo that grazed on the bordering open space each evening. We stayed a week and wished we had stayed two. Hands down our favorite state park experience anywhere! We camped at Custer State Park - Game Lodge Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
E2
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We are 63' with our tow vehicle and we could have fit in to numerous sites. Their website has great pictures to help pick the perfect sight.

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