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Bismarck Lake - USFS, SD

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Bismarck Lake CG is located on Rt 16-1 four miles east of Custer. It is just inside Custer State Park, which normally charges a $10/vehicle entrance fee; however, if you tell them you're going to Bismarck Lake, then you don't have to pay. The CG has 23 sites on a hillside overlooking Bismarck Lake.

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It was a close call getting a site here on a Monday afternoon in mid-June. There were only three left when we pulled in, with another rig right behind us. Site 10 was to our liking - level and a bit a view of the lake.

Date of visit: Jun 2008

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Site 15 is one of the largest sites.

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Sites 18 and 19 are along the road leading down to the day-use area and boat launch.

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Sites 22 and 21 are also along that road.

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Sites 6 and 7 are tent sites at the far end of the CG road.

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Site 5 sits with a nice view of the lake.

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There are three of these new vault toilets located in the CG. No showers.

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Down at the boat launch is a new boardwalk that goes along the shore of the lake. At the far end are steps up to the CG.

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Near the far end of the CG is the dam that creates Bismarck Lake.

Amenities

No Dump station available

Verizon National Access service

Rates: $19 (50% off with Golden Age Pass)

No hookups, fresh water is available

Coord: 43.775926 N, 103.512147 W

Activities/Nearby Attractions

Mount Rushmore

Hiking & Biking

The tourist traps of the Black Hills <G>

 

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