Photo of the Week: Sylvan Lake, Custer State Park

When we first arrived at Sylvan Lake, in South Dakota’s Custer State Park, I was shocked (in a good way) by its unique appearance. Rising up from the shore line, on two sides, were large rock formations so perfect looking, I almost didn’t think they were real. | Photo of the Week: Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park

“This looks like something you’d see in a theme park, or on a movie set,” I commented.

Well, it turns out I was partially right in my thinking. Sylvan Lake was used in a movie, but it’s rock formations are all natural, even though the lake itself was made by a dam.

Sylvan Lake was featured in the Nicholas Cage movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets. In it you can see Cage up on the rocks, reaching his arm into a crevice. If you’re a fan of the movie, you’ll have fun searching out the spot and taking a picture with your hand in the crack, while doing your best Nicholas Cage impression. | Photo of the Week: Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park

We didn’t spend too much time here before heading back to Deadwood, just long enough to walk the trail that goes around the lake and climb on a few of the rocks. I’d really like to come back here and row around on a boat- it looked so relaxing! Plus, Custer State Park is definitely worthy of exploring more in-depth.


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  • Alouise - I saw Sylvan Lake and first thought you were talking about Sylvan Lake here in Alberta (I may have jus got home from work). Sylvan Lake in South Dakota looks pretty cool.July 26, 2016 – 12:06 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - When we were driving around the Black Hills and I saw a sign for Sylvan Lake, I just had to go check it out to see how it compared to “our” Sylvan Lake. I think it was much more unique!July 28, 2016 – 3:14 pmReplyCancel

  • Frank - Pretty place, I always like a spot where you can climb rocks.

    Frank (bbqboy)August 4, 2016 – 2:13 amReplyCancel


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