Best lakes in Rapid City

Check out the top lakes in Rapid City, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Custer State Park
1. Custer State Park
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32 local reviews
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Kelly
My favorite place ever. But PLEASE, do NOT go near the buffalo/bison. They are big and can be very mean. They…
Betsy
Beautiful lakes for picnics, fishing, hiking, boating and a swim! Take a drive through the park to see the…
Susan And Lynn
Nature, Wildlife, Stunning views, lakes, rich history and more. Go early in the mornings and early evenings…
1. Custer State Park
1. Custer State Park
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32 local reviews
Kelly
Kelly
My favorite place ever. But PLEASE, do NOT go near the buffalo/bison. They are big and can be very mean. They do not have great tolerance…
Betsy
Betsy
Beautiful lakes for picnics, fishing, hiking, boating and a swim! Take a drive through the park to see the wildlife. Visit the historic…
Susan And Lynn
Susan And Lynn
Nature, Wildlife, Stunning views, lakes, rich history and more. Go early in the mornings and early evenings for best viewing.
2. Sylvan Lake Lodge
2. Sylvan Lake Lodge
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5 local reviews
24572 South Dakota 87, Custer
+1 605-574-2561
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April
Fantastic cuisine; amazing views. Don't forget to stop down by the lake for a stroll before driving Peter…
Dan
Beautiful view of Sylvan Lake from the lodge veranda. Sylvan Lake was featured in the movie, "National…
Marjorie
Sylvan Lake Lodge is Custer State Park's "crown jewel." You can also swim at Sylvan Lake and hike to Harney…
2. Sylvan Lake Lodge
2. Sylvan Lake Lodge
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5 local reviews
24572 South Dakota 87, Custer
+1 605-574-2561
April
April
Fantastic cuisine; amazing views. Don't forget to stop down by the lake for a stroll before driving Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway (Needles…
Dan
Dan
Beautiful view of Sylvan Lake from the lodge veranda. Sylvan Lake was featured in the movie, "National Treasure". Near Black Elk Peak…
Marjorie
Marjorie
Sylvan Lake Lodge is Custer State Park's "crown jewel." You can also swim at Sylvan Lake and hike to Harney Peak on trails that start from…
3. Custer State Park
3. Custer State Park
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15 local reviews
13329 U.S. 16A, Custer
(605) 255-4515
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Jan
It's a the "Jewel of the Black Hills" . Wildlife - Bison, Prairie Dogs, Deer, Antelope. Nice lakes for trout…
Carol & Rick
Because where else are you likely to see several hundred bison wandering through the Park lands. You will…
Gina
Has the best of everything in the Black Hills - Needles Highway, Wildlife Loop, Sylvan Lake, access to Black…
3. Custer State Park
3. Custer State Park
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15 local reviews
13329 U.S. 16A, Custer
(605) 255-4515
Jan
Jan
It's a the "Jewel of the Black Hills" . Wildlife - Bison, Prairie Dogs, Deer, Antelope. Nice lakes for trout fishing or a cool mountain…
Carol & Rick
Carol & Rick
Because where else are you likely to see several hundred bison wandering through the Park lands. You will also likely see prong horn deer,…
Gina
Gina
Has the best of everything in the Black Hills - Needles Highway, Wildlife Loop, Sylvan Lake, access to Black Elk Peak trailhead, tons of…
4. Pactola Lake
4. Pactola Lake
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5 local reviews
Pactola Lake
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Preston & Amber
A massive and beautiful lake, tons of activities - free and paid locations, either are great for a day of fun…
Mark & Mary
Rent a boat. OR, find Jenny Gulch near the northwest part of the lake via Silver City for a very popular local…
Rodney
Beautiful Lake nestled in the Black Hills.
4. Pactola Lake
4. Pactola Lake
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5 local reviews
Pactola Lake
Preston & Amber
Preston & Amber
A massive and beautiful lake, tons of activities - free and paid locations, either are great for a day of fun and relaxation.
Mark & Mary
Mark & Mary
Rent a boat. OR, find Jenny Gulch near the northwest part of the lake via Silver City for a very popular local swimming hole.
Rodney
Rodney
Beautiful Lake nestled in the Black Hills.
5. Sylvan Lake
5. Sylvan Lake
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5 local reviews
Sylvan Lake
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April
The Mickelson Trail runs right through Custer (nearly across the street from this house) but for a full…
Betsy
Beautiful hike around the lake or on the Sunday Gulch Trail. Paddle Boats, Fishing, Swimming and Rock…
Travis
A beautiful local lake and the sight of many movie backdrops.
5. Sylvan Lake
5. Sylvan Lake
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5 local reviews
Sylvan Lake
April
April
The Mickelson Trail runs right through Custer (nearly across the street from this house) but for a full experience, drive 10 minutes to…
Betsy
Betsy
Beautiful hike around the lake or on the Sunday Gulch Trail. Paddle Boats, Fishing, Swimming and Rock Climbing. This is where the "National…
Travis
Travis
A beautiful local lake and the sight of many movie backdrops.
6. Canyon Lake Park
6. Canyon Lake Park
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6 local reviews
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Gina
Beautiful park in the city. Flat, well-maintained bike trails for walkers, runners and cyclists. Fishing from…
Doris
Beautiful lake with park. Fishing available along with paddle boats. Good family area.
6. Canyon Lake Park
6. Canyon Lake Park
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6 local reviews
Gina
Gina
Beautiful park in the city. Flat, well-maintained bike trails for walkers, runners and cyclists. Fishing from Canyon Lake is allowed with a…
Doris
Doris
Beautiful lake with park. Fishing available along with paddle boats. Good family area.
7. Pactola Reservoir
7. Pactola Reservoir
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5 local reviews
Pactola Reservoir
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Michelle
Beautiful lake in an alpine setting - we even have a beach!
Travis
A beautiful Mountain Lake.
7. Pactola Reservoir
7. Pactola Reservoir
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5 local reviews
Pactola Reservoir
Michelle
Michelle
Beautiful lake in an alpine setting - we even have a beach!
Travis
Travis
A beautiful Mountain Lake.
8. Harney Peak Hiking Trail
8. Harney Peak Hiking Trail
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4 local reviews
Sylvan Lake - Harney, Keystone
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Preston & Amber
Black Elk Peak is the highest point on Earth between the Swiss Alps and the Rocky Mountains - for you East…
Chris
Wonderful hike to the highpoint between the Rockies and The Swiss Alps. Excellent views of the Hills and the…
8. Harney Peak Hiking Trail
8. Harney Peak Hiking Trail
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4 local reviews
Sylvan Lake - Harney, Keystone
Preston & Amber
Preston & Amber
Black Elk Peak is the highest point on Earth between the Swiss Alps and the Rocky Mountains - for you East Coasters, that means this rises…
Chris
Chris
Wonderful hike to the highpoint between the Rockies and The Swiss Alps. Excellent views of the Hills and the trails leaves from beautiful…