As with Legion Lake Campground, there is only a 50 amp connection here, but no water or sewer hookups. The problem is that the pump out (for larger RV's) is located at the east end of the park, near the Game Lodge area, south on the Wildlife Loop Road, and the signage is lacking! So be prepared; come with your water on board or seek out a water spigot that is threaded. Our site was beautiful, spacious and under trees for shade. The fire pits are on the "wrong" side of the site for some reason. The nearby trail horses went by our site continuously; very entertaining! We had a strong Verizon signal in this campground and in the Legion Lodge area. Custer State Park is a beautiful park. We would come here again. We camped at Custer State Park (Blue Bell Campground) in a Motorhome.
Tips for other Campers:
Close to Wind Cave National Park, Hot Springs, SD and Mammoth Site.
Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $25.00
Loved Custer State Park! Custer State park is beautiful, one of our countries finest. We stayed in the Blue Bell campground which like all others in the park has only electric hookups - no dump or water available. Our site was spacious and level although some sites were not level. The restrooms were the best on any state park we ever used very clean and modern. Blue Bell is a nice peaceful park with great caring hosts and a lovely setting. The park is reasonably close to the Black Hills major attractions. We are planning a trip back to Custer. We camped at Custer State Park (Blue Bell Campground) in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $44.00
The fee reflects the $22/site fee, plus the $15 park entrance fee, plus the $7 reservation fee. We camped in the Blue Bell campground, so no water or sewer at the site. The electric was good, the restrooms super clean, and the hosts very pleasant and helpful. The road through this campground is not designed for larger units and most of the sites have a very deep slope. Sloping may be front or back or as ours was (#33) to the side, so much so that we could not get level. The pad for the trailer was graveled pavement but the whole site was severely sloped, to the point it felt like a fun house. Not our speed. It is a beautiful park, with many very winding roads, beautiful vistas and sharp curves. We enjoyed the park and staff, but would not camp in Blue Bell again. We camped at Custer State Park (Blue Bell Campground) in a Travel Trailer.
Made a reservation for this Park and paid $31 for the reservation. The site was for electric only. Then when we arrived at the gate they wanted to charge an additional $15 in entry fee. $46.00 a night at a state park with electric only is outrageous. we stayed at the Legion Lake Campground when we ask the host if there was water and a dump available, they advised that it was 7 miles away on the wildlife loop. So I drove 7 miles to the dump and water fill station only to find out that the water fill station did not have a garden hose hookup, so I had no way to fill freshwater. Once I arrive back at the campground I backed in close to the bathroom and use the fresh water fill their with the long garden hose. I stayed in sight number eight and it was paid but not level. The wildlife Loop was nice and the park looked nice but unfortunately for $46 a night I will not be staying in this park again. We camped at Custer State Park (Blue Bell Campground) in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $24.00
This review is for the Game Lodge Campground. It was a wonderful experience; clean restrooms, great location in the park, nice paved walking trail for the dog. Be sure to fill up with water either before you get here or at the park as there is none on site. We would stay here again in a minute. We camped at Custer State Park (Blue Bell Campground) in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $32.00
This is a gem of a State Park,. It has a dump station, but no water, sewer, Internet or cell. We stayed in the Game Lodge campground. Very well maintained with helpful and friendly staff. Road and pad are paved. The pads are level and wide, all back ins, and big rig friendly. Very quiet with space and privacy around the RV with lots of grass, shade trees, picnic table, and fire ring. The bathrooms are spotlessly clean and there is also a small laundry. There are so many things to see and do in this wonderful area. We would stay here again. We camped at Custer State Park (Blue Bell Campground) in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $40.00
Spartan and simple, with electricity only, it is flat with limited shade. Its access to the State Game Lodge and the activities there make it a good choice for exploring Custer State Park. We camped at Custer State Park (Blue Bell Campground) in a Motorhome.
From Australia on our first RVing trip, we stayed for a 4 nights in the State Game Lodge campground in Custer State Park. The park environment was wonderfully natural, with huge grassed gaps between sites (10m or so) and a fair number of trees (more close to the creek). The overall impression was of comfortable spaciousness, despite the surprising lack of water or sewer hookups. Most, if not all, of the sites were reverse in - but there was plenty of maneuvering room, even for big rigs. Wonderful setting within the state park, with the State Game Lodge a short walk away, and a convenience store and the Peter Norbeck visitor center about 20min walk via concrete pavement. Multiple toilet/shower facilities through the campground were in constant use, but remained quite clean and reasonably dry given the throughput of campers. Of note, there were evening talks by the rangers aimed at kids each night at 9pm in a hall at the campground. Laundry available, and adequate, but some distance from our site. Playground present, and swimming available at an artificial lagoon. Good AT&T reception. Overall, wonderful campgrounds, and a worthy destination in its own right, for which I would have willingly paid double (given the extensive use we made of the rangers' educational programs). I am glad we booked the site months in advance! I would stay at this location again at every opportunity! We camped at Custer State Park (Blue Bell Campground) in a Motorhome.
Reservations recommended for this park. We decided to try the park based on the good reviews. Its a great place. Great layout makes it easy for even big RVs towing trailer. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Even had park host stop by twice to make sure everything was good. Clean laundry and showers. Kids enjoyed it as much as we did. Sites level and have privacy between spaces. We camped at Custer State Park (Blue Bell Campground) in a Motorhome.
Good central location to explore the Black Hills. Lower loop site 28 was located on small stream. Limited generator use between 8-8 2 hour intervals. Campground was quiet and clean located on lovely lake, nearby hiking trails. We camped at Custer State Park (Blue Bell Campground) in a Travel Trailer.
This was the Sylvan Lake campground in Custer State Park. I did not see it listed above. It was a great campground! We were all right in the woods and behind my campsite was nothing but forest and hillside! It was gorgeous! Plus there was a path to Sylvan Lake and the Lodge so I could walk there during the day (I did not want to walk through the woods at night.) We camped at Custer State Park (Blue Bell Campground) in a Motorhome.
I stayed in the Game Lodge Campground within the Custer State Park itself for four days. I chose this campground because of the spacious and level sites and the views of the wildlife that passed by every evening, mainly antelope. The sites are very large with most having a shade tree and the sites are cement so the jacks do not sink in the ground. The showers and bathrooms are very well kept and the water in the shower stayed warm for the whole shower. The rangers are very helpful and friendly. The campground is very well kept and there was a free play given the first night I stayed there. This is the best state campground that I have ever stayed in and would definitely stay here again. We camped at Custer State Park (Blue Bell Campground) in a Motorhome.
We stayed in two campgrounds while at Custer State Park, this was the first. Multiple looped, paved roads and sites, central dump station, fresh water at dump station. Restrooms were great. They were clean, well lit, and the shower had private stalls with plastic shower inserts. We didn't see any buffalo at this campground but we saw plenty while we were here. We hiked up the ridge across the road and ran into a bighorn sheep guarding the trail. There is a store and restaurant just up the road a short distance. There is a ton of things to see and do while you are here. Now I know why reservations were so hard to get: book early! We camped at Custer State Park (Blue Bell Campground) in a Travel Trailer.
We loved this park. There is so much to do! We stayed at State Game and our site was level and nicely placed. The campground is clean and well tended, with a pretty stream along one side and animals passing by on the other. Restrooms were spotless. We'd stay here again. We camped at Custer State Park (Blue Bell Campground) in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $25.00
There are multiple campgrounds within Custer State Park. We stayed at the Game Lodge Campground. Please read the other reviews below: we agree with the others' comments. Very nice campground, lots of grass, lovely stream, small pond for kids to swim in, paved trail leads up to the Lodge, a store, and the visitor center. There's a wooden fence separating the camp from a large field in which a herd of buffalo came to graze multiple times during the stay. Bath house was sparkling clean. We made good use of the laundry facility. No problems filling the water tank. (I think the new dump station must have taken care of the water issue the previous campers described). Mosquitoes were gone by late August. Advance reservations are needed, at least in the summer. Booking a month in advance, in all of Custer SP, we found only two sites with electric available for the dates we wanted. When we were here, all of the reservable campgrounds appeared to be full. However, the one campground for same day camping (not reservable) was only about 20% occupied during the weekdays, so would be a good alternative if you have an RV that can boondock. Pit toilets up there might make it a less favorable choice for those of us using the public restrooms. We camped at Custer State Park (Blue Bell Campground) in a Tent Trailer.