Sylvan Lake, Custer, South Dakota, USA
Sylvan Lake, known as the “crown jewel” of Custer State Park, is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota it offers picnic areas, rock climbing, small rental boats, swimming, and hiking trails.
Created in 1881 when Theodore Reder built a dam across Sunday Gulch, It is also popular as a starting point for excursions to Black Elk Peak and The Needles. A hotel was operated on the shore of the lake in the early 20th century.
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.
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