Custer State Park

by Katlyn Richter on September 7, 2011 · 4 comments

One of South Dakota’s Great Places is the second largest state park in America, home to one of the world’s largest publicly-owned bison herds, and known for interesting landscapes. It is Custer State Park, located in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Stockade Lake, Custer State Park

Custer State Park’s 1,300 bison have 71,000 acres to roam. Other wildlife, including pronghorn, elk, mountain goats, prairie dogs, and the park’s entertainers – the begging burros – also can be found at the park. It’s a place were visitors can see the wildlife, up-close and personal, along the 18-mile Wildlife Loop Road.

The park is not only known for the wildlife, but also the breathtaking scenic views around each corner. From granite formations, known as “The Needles,” to sweeping prairie backdrops and curving creeks, visitors will find the unexpected.

The campgrounds in Custer State Park offer unique landscapes alongside creeks or amidst pine forests. Additionally, Custer State Park Resort company offers several lodging options, including the new Reunion Cabin. Staying in Custer State Park puts you just minutes from three scenic byways; Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Road and the Wildlife Loop Road.

There is no shortage of outdoor adventure at the park. Rock climbers test the limits along the “Needles” formations and fly-fishermen can enjoy abundant fishing. Mountain bikers, hikers, photographers, and road cyclists will all find the park exceptional for their trade.

 The annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup is one of the grandest events at the park. It’s a weekend filled with Old West entertainment and heart-pounding adventure as cowboys and cowgirls round up nearly 1,300 bison. Thousands of spectators take in this mandatory park management event each September. The 2011 Buffalo Roundup is September 26.

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John N. Boggs September 13, 2011 at 1:58 am

My dad Kenneth J. Boggs Was a chief Boilerman on the South

Dakota, he was sure proud to be part of the crew! ”

As a young kid I never realized what an incredible Ship it was.”

I was always proud of my dad, he was always a hero to me all that crew was
——–John N. Boggs———

Katlyn September 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Fantastic! Thanks for sharing this information!

Tom September 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Just got back from South Dakota, what a great trip!!!! Stayed one night in Vermillion, then went to Lesterville (same town that we live in Missouri). Then up to Mitchell to catch the outkasts car show, pedal pull contest at the Corn Palace. Then on to the state capitol, got to view the tribute to the fallen heroes from SD. The lady there asked where we heading and suggested hwy 14 to Wall. What a beautiful trip. Stayed the night in Wall and stayed at the Pioneer Cabins, Highly Recommended. Don’t forget to visit Wall Drug. Then on to Custer State Park, Needles Hwy and Mt Rushmore. The Buffalo Roundup is definately worth the trip. Plan on doing it again. What a beautiful place to visit and the people were very interesting and friendly.

Katlyn September 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Tom – so glad to hear about the great time that you had in South Dakota! Looks like you hit some great stops along the way. We hope to see you back here again someday!

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