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Bismarck Lake

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About This Campground

National Forest

Black Hills National Forest

Overview

Bismarck Lake Campground is set amidst a scattering of aspen groves and Ponderosa pine on the southeast edge of Bismarck Lake at 5,000 feet. This is a great place for visitors seeking recreation and relaxation in the Black Hills National Forest. Acess to this campground is through…

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Access

  • Drive In
    Park next to your campsite

Stay Connected

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Water Hookups
  • Max Length: 74 ft.

Reviews

10 Reviews of Bismarck Lake

Ratings Breakdown

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Melissa F.
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2020

Beautiful Lake & Sunset Views!

We loved this campground, all sites give you a little privacy and it was so quiet. The lake was beautiful, so bring your kayaks. There is a hiking trail around the lake and several benches to just sit and take in the sunsets. Very clean!

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Christopher B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2020

Nice campground right in the heart of Custer

We had the place to ourselves, not another person in the campground for two days albeit it was cold and started snowing pretty heavily. Would definitely go back next time we are headed out West.

RThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2020

Absolutely Beautiful

This campground is beautiful. We had a lovely two weeks here in mid-July. The sites are wooded and spaced far apart. The lake is within walking distance of all sites. No electric or water hook-ups. Several sites are same-day reservations only, but we had no trouble reserving one, just had to arrive…

Location

Bismarck Lake is located in South Dakota

Directions

In Custer, SD, at the intersection of State Rt. 89/US Rt.16A (Mt.Rushmore Rd) and US Rt. 16/US Rt. 385 (5th St.), take US Rt.16A east for 4.8 miles (past Custer State Park entrance) to Bismarck Lake campground sign. Turn left at sign into campground.

Coordinates

43.78194407 N
103.51583328 W

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About This Campground

Overview

Bismarck Lake Campground is set amidst a scattering of aspen groves and Ponderosa pine on the southeast edge of Bismarck Lake at 5,000 feet. This is a great place for visitors seeking recreation and relaxation in the Black Hills National Forest. Acess to this campground is through Custer State Park near the West Highway 16A entrance. Sites in the campground are widely spaced and open up to views of lakes, providing adequate privacy for visitors.

Recreation

The forest offers accessible recreation for all ages and abilities. Visitors can take advantage of opportunities for hiking, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and riding off-highway vehicles (OHVs) on moderate terrain. At the campground, a short foot trail traverses the forested shoreline, offering opportunities for birding in early morning or picnicking in the afternoon. For those seeking higher elevations, a day-long trek to the summit of nearby Black Elk Peak is worth the effort. Black Elk Peak is the highest natural point in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. Most of the summit is bare granite and offers expansive views of the surrounding area. An old stone tower (Harney Lookout Tower) at the top, once used as a fire lookout, is still open to hikers. Adjacent to the campground is Bismarck Lake, an ideal spot for fishing and boating. The lake supports populations of rainbow and brown trout, a variety of sunfish, smallmouth bass, northern pike, and catfish.

Facilities

Bismarck Lake Campground has sites able to accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs.

Access to the lake is within walking distance and there is a beautiful boardwalk and with fishing piers along the waters edge.

The campground has picnic tables, campfire rings, vault toilets, and drinking water; however, electrical hook-ups are not available.

Natural Features

Located in western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming, Black Hills National Forest encompasses nearly 1.25 million acres of rugged rock formations, canyons and gulches, open grassland parks, tumbling streams, deep blue lakes, and unique caves.

Derived from the Lakota language, the words "Paha Sapa," meaning "hills that are black," honor the dark, pine-covered hills rising several thousand feet above the surrounding prairie.

Wildlife in the area abounds. Bighorn sheep navigate mountainous terrain, while elk, deer and pronghorn gather in forests and prairies. Bald eagles, hawks, osprey, peregrine falcon, and hundreds of other bird species can be found in the forest, especially along streams, lakes and rivers.

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For facility specific information, please call (605) 574-4402.

Nearby Attractions

Possible day trips include Custer State Park with its many buffalo and other wildlife, Crazy Horse Monument and Wind Cave National Park as well as Jewel Cave which is the second longest cave in the world at 159.29 miles. It features sparkling calcite crystals and other rare formations, as well as some of the largest concentrations of passageways in the world.

Bismarck Lake Campground is within a couple of miles of the start of the beautiful Needles Highway scenic drive .

Charges & Cancellations

No refunds will be given for weather or related events.

Connection Details

We rate connection speeds from campers like you who submit speed tests with Field Reports.

  • Good- 10+Mbps

    Campers can make calls and send texts & emails, watch an HD movie, play multiplayer games, and more.

  • Fair- 3Mbps-10Mbps

    Campers can make calls, send texts & emails, video chat, stream video, and play online games.

  • Poor- 0Mbps-3Mbps

    Campers might be able check email, send texts, and make calls.

  • Available-

    Campers have been able to connect here but we don’t know the quality of the connection.

  • Unknown-

    Connectivity is not known for this campground.

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