No fee in off season, but is limited to 3 tent sites and 2 RV pads near the entrance. Surprisingly quiet considering the proximity to the road. Toilet was clean and unlocked. We decided to try and boondock somewhere near Custer and visit on our way home since we love this area so much. Just happened to spot this in the national Forest. Good thing, because we went for a walk at Sylvan Lake later on and I decided it was so beautiful, that would be the place I'd pop the question, right on those rocks. I carried that ring around for a week straight…
She said "yes." :)
Beautiful spot with a gorgeous view of a couple of mountain peaks (Thunderbolt Peak?) with the reservoir in the foreground.
-Camping is on the left as you approach the lake, there is nothing past the first big area you see.
-Many spaces available, just pick a primitive firepit and setup around it.
-Lake is technically private and the locals WILL hassle you if they catch you fishing/swimming/boating.
-We easily made the drive up in a low clearance car, and Rv's should have no problem.
- In total I'd say around 15 separate campsites could operate here comfortably on a busy weekend.