Custer State Park has five scenic lakes, each peaceful places to relax and enjoy the reflection of large granite boulders, fresh scented pines, and brilliant blue skies on the water. Out of these five lakes, Stockade Lake is the park’s largest and offers the most amenities for campers, making it an ideal location to explore the Black Hills whether in a large RV or a solo tent. Stockade Lake is also the only lake in Custer State Park that allows for all types of boats, so whether you want to make a little wake or canoe to a quiet cove, you’ll enjoy this beautiful opportunity to be out on the water.
The roughly 2-mile Stockade Lake Trail is located close to the Stockade Lake South Campground. This loop climbs up through a pine forest and offers picturesque views of the lake, as well as the famous Cathedral Spires along Needles Highway. Campers also come to Stockade Lake for its swimming beach, playground, picnic areas, and close proximity to historic points of interest, such as the Gordon Stockade, the site of the first gold discovery in the Black Hills.
Stayed in the Stockade South Campground in early September. Very clean, nicely spaced campsites. Bathrooms very clean. Gorgeous park with tons to do. Hosts were very friendly and helpful.
Such a quiet and peaceful campgroud. It's clean, well maintained, the camp hosts are super friendly and helpful, the views are stunning and wildlife wonders through the campground often.
Spent 10 days at Custer SP at the Stockade Lake South campground with our son and his family in July. Great site on the outside of the camping loop, with a great fire place and lots of room. We had our travel trailer and they had a tent and we had lots of room for 8. Deer walked through the site most afternoons. Convenient to Mt. Rushmore, Custer, the Black Hills, Wind Cave and Jewel Cave.
Custer State Park is beautiful and this did not disappoint. Clean bathrooms with showers and nice sized, quiet sites.
Have stayed here in the Camping Cabins seven times in six years. This is the quietest campground in the entire Black Hills-- away from the highway, yet asphalt road leads to entrance. Near Stockade Lake- beach, fishing pier, boat launch. Campground shower house could use an upgrade, but is kept in very good cleanliness. Road to/between cabins can become a little dusty. upper cabins could use a modern rest room a little closer. Water good, hosts are helpful & accommodating. Cabins kept in good & clean conditions with really nice, unique decks on each cabin. Lakeside group site is fantastic area for groups/ family reunions who like to camp together , yet by themselves.
Quieter sites than Stockade N, because you are away from the highway (a plus during Bike Week). Grounds are clean, but it was difficult to find a level spot for our tent - we slid downhill in our tent through the night. The Custer State Park campgrounds are quite popular and it's well worth making a reservation - it's also cumbersome to find and pay for a site without a reservation.