Custer, South Dakota

Custer State Park (Blue Bell Campground)

Custer, South Dakota



Custer, South Dakota
Phone: (605) 255-4515

Sites: 342
Recent Rate: $25 9/2013

Latitude: 43.8030045575221
Longitude: -103.638195991516

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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) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • 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 no
  • 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 ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • 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 ?
  • 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

30 Reviews

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OldeJohn

Review Count: 83
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 2

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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R&S

Review Count: 112
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 6

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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MPD334

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 3

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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tobyjug

Review Count: 193
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 15

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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A.E.Michell

Review Count: 37
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 0

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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RodneyW

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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Ken Barns

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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Hunteradvisor

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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ustractorsales

Review Count: 26
States Visited: 10
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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MaineDon

Review Count: 152
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 2

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

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.

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bones1941

Review Count: 66
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 3

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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Ocotillo

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

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.

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ERAtraveler

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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Tls

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

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.

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JessieJake

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

We enjoyed our stay at this state park campground. The reservation site has pictures of each site so we knew what we were getting before arriving. Although our site #27E said no shade it did have a nice big tree to shade our picnic table. The sites are spread out, not too close to your neighbor with plenty of elbow room. Sites by the creek had plenty of shade, others may have none. The site is surrounded either by the creek or fencing to keep out the bison. The views are nice and exciting when the bison roam nearby. There is a small swimming beach in a pond, but after seeing the bison use it, we decided not to swim in it. Firewood is available at the Game Lodge store a short jaunt down the road. The bathrooms were well kept and there were 2 bath buildings. Also, a laundry building is onsite but we didn't use it. There are lots of bats which isn't bad, but we were by a barn/theater and there were lots of them. This had us ducking and jumping after dusk when we sat around the fire. Definitely would camp here or any of the Custer State Park campgrounds again. We had no problems. We camped at Custer State Park (Blue Bell Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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