Sylvan Lake (South Dakota)
Rock formations near lake
|Location||Custer County, South Dakota, United States|
|Primary outflows||Sunday Gulch Creek|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Surface area||17.3 acres (7.0 ha)|
|Average depth||12.8 feet (3.9 m)|
|Max. depth||30 feet (9.1 m)|
|Shore length1||1 mile (1.6 km)|
|Surface elevation||6,145 feet (1,873 m)|
|1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.|
|Black Hills and Badlands|
|Prairie and Grassland|
Sylvan Lake, known as the "crown jewel" of Custer State Park, is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Created in 1881 when Theodore Reder built a dam across Sunday Gulch, it offers picnic areas, rock climbing, small rental boats, swimming, and hiking trails. It is also popular as a starting point for excursions to Harney Peak and The Needles. A hotel was operated on the shore of the lake in the early 20th century (Postcard).
The lake was featured in Disney's 2007 film National Treasure: Book of Secrets. The film made the lake appear to be located directly behind Mount Rushmore when in reality it is actually five miles southwest of Mount Rushmore.
Paddleboat on the lake
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- Interactive Hotel Solutions. "Sylvan Lake Lodge". Holiday Junction. Retrieved 2008-01-11.
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