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ADA Accessible
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Fires Allowed
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Game Lodge Campground is located in South Dakota
Latitude
43.7605 N
Longitude
-103.3712 W
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14 Reviews of Game Lodge Campground
Game Lodge Campground - Custer State Park

August 25-30, 2019   LOVE this park! Campground VERY clean. Site GL25E has electric and water is available at the park. Restrooms have showers, flush toilets and are heated. Purchased yearly pass to save money. Verizon 4G. Elevation 4,177. Pictures will tell the rest. Food at the Lodge Restaurant is very good and best to make a reservation.

Incredible experience!

This campground is very difficult to get into during the summer, so book in advance or keep trying every day. We lucked out and got 3 nights midweek in July. The second morning we woke up to bison all along the fence next to the campground! It has a great bike trail that connects the campground to the visitors center, the State Game Lodge, the general store, and Grace Coolidge campground. You can also walk or bike to the Lover’s Leap trailhead, which is an absolute must-do while staying here. You are also right next to the entrance of Wildlife Loop Road if you want to take a scenic drive. Within the campground itself are beautiful tent sites next to a river, a small swimming pond, and modern & clean bathrooms. This is an amazing place to stay that gives you easy access to everything Custer State Park has to offer.

Deep in the Heart of Custer

Custer State Park was our favorite attraction and this campground offers you the ability to be right in the middle of it all! We tent camped and this was a nice site. You can park in front or site and there is a pad so be careful how large your tent is. Along a nice creek. Clean. Nice pond and little beach area. Right between Needles Highway and Scenic Byway! You can drive a couple or miles and see buffalo every day during your stay!

Where the Buffalo Roam

Opened the door to my cabin to see a bison one hundred yards away.

Cozy Creekside Cabin

Impressed with the cleanliness of the cabins and bathhouses at this campground. Easy driving access to Custer State Park offerings. The creek next to the cabins made for a relaxing background and respite from the sun.

Very clean family friendly state park.

We have stayed here several times. Sites and grounds are always clean. Large sited with ample green space in both tent and camper sites. Clean restroom and shower houses.

Great Campground, conviniently located

The campground is very nice. It has restrooms that are kept extremely clean. The camp sites are not very private, however there are some trees that make the sites feel separated. Next to the stream are a few campsites. While we were here, the campground was pretty quiet. We were mostly only at our site at night to sleep so I cannot speak for during the day. Expect to see/hear wildlife coming and going through the campground throughout the night. Our dog grumbled at a few animals that might have gotten too close to the tent for her liking (we are pretty sure just deer). If I had one complaint about this campground it is that people do not seem to follow the keep dogs on leashes rule while they are at their campsite. I saw a lot of dogs wandering around. Our dog does not go after dogs and generally can care less about other dogs, until they get near her face so this concerned us a little. We let the owners near us know and they were very understanding and had no problem making sure their dogs stayed on leashes while we were there. Also, our campsite did not have a parking spot for our car. We had to just pull off onto the side of the road. This was not a huge issue as there was plenty of room for other vehicles to pass. The actual Game Lodge is right down the road. We got coffees and breakfast to go one morning and it was very good! There is an entrance to the park not far from the campground which made going to Mount Rushmore, Needles Highway, and Iron Mountain Highway convenient. Custer State Park is so nice! One drive around the park allows for amazing views and wildlife spotting! We loved our time here!

Beautiful creek runs through

Lovely campground. Creek runs right in front of tent sites which all have a large pad for tents. Nice sized sites. RV/electric sites are all grassy & good size. During tourist season there are evening programs located at barn right in campground. Small playground & small pond. Clean showers & bathrooms. Across from visitor center & next to start of Wildloop Rd. Paved bike path right there which runs for few miles. Great location!

Close to nature and so MANY things to do!

This may be one of our favorite all time sites! We were at Game Lodge campground site 36, which was right next to a little creek. At night, we could hear the water running and it was so calming. Tent pads were elevated, so our REI Kingdom 8 garage had to run off the edge. Even so, it was the perfect spot for us as we explored the Black Hills. I have heard all the campgrounds in Custer are very nice, however.

Camped with two boys, age 4 and 2.5. Loved that the bison were just outside our campground on the way in and the visitor center just across the road was beautiful!

Activities included:

Wind Cave Tour, Wildlife Loop drive, Needles Highway, Chuckwagon Dinner, Mt Rushmore, and more.

Playground at site was a bit further for us, but the kids walked there anyway.

Wonderful campground!

We loved our time at this campground!! The sites are well spaced with lots of grass and some have lots of trees. Some of the sites are along a beautiful creek. The front of the campground has a great area for fishing, well stocked with trout. There was wildlife in sight quite often, You could access the wildlife loop road just outside the entrance to the campground. The bath houses were great! They were very clean and well appointed. We would go back again!!