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Custer, South Dakota

Custer State Park - Blue Bell Campground

Custer, South Dakota



Lame Johhny Rd SD Highway 87 South
Custer, South Dakota 57730
Phone: (605) 255-4515

Sites: 342
Recent Rate: $34 9/2016

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Latitude: 43.718512413232
Longitude: -103.48187685013
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access no
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral yes
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone yes
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

34 Reviews

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

Enjoyed our stay here, wish we would have reserved it earlier so we could have stayed the two nights we were in the area. Quiet, well kept park as were the bathrooms & showers. We camped at Custer State Park - Blue Bell Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
BB12E
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Noticed coming into the park, just before the entrance there was a small restaurant, store and horseback riding stable. Enjoyed our stay!

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground in Custer State Park is in a beautiful setting. The sites are shaded or partly shaded. The bathrooms are the cleanest we have ever seen in a campground. The hosts are friendly and knowledgeable about the park and area. The location is central in the park, although, traveling through the park is slow due to narrow, winding roads, traffic and buffalo. We camped at Custer State Park - Blue Bell Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
31E
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The only dump station in Custer State Park is near the east (Hwy 36) entrance to the park. It's along ways from Blue Bell Campground. Unless you're going back out that way, you'll need to find a dump station in a near-by community.

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Review Count: 116
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 34

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
1E
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Close to Wind Cave National Park, Hot Springs, SD and Mammoth Site.

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Review Count: 106
States Visited: 27
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

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Review Count: 149
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 40

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $44.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Outstanding RV park. Beautiful, tall pines provided ample shade. Camp hosts extremely kind and gracious. Rest rooms very large and clean with accessible showers. Many sights and points of interest to visit. This is a must see area and is a tribute to South Dakota. We camped at Custer State Park - Blue Bell Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $46.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

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Review Count: 42
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

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Review Count: 253
States Visited: 43
Helpful Reviews: 45

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

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Review Count: 74
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

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