|Today Judi & I hiked around Sylvan Lake, known by many as the "crown jewel" of Custer State Park. This is one of our favorite lakes & certainly is the prettiest in the park. 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 (recently renamed Black Elk) and The Needles. Several friends have made the trek to the top of the peak but it's a bit too much for this young lady!
Sylvan Lake is 17 acres in size and approximately 30 feet deep at its deepest point. We love launching our Sea Eagle Paddleski inflatable on it. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Rainbow Trout. Larry has never caught a fish on this lake but I caught a beautiful rainbow. So, the next time he fished this lake he proceeded to put my pole at the bottom of the lake. Said it was an 'accident'...Really????
You might remember the lake being 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. Ah, Hollywood. They really can do whatever they like :)
It was a beautiful day as we made our way behind the lovely rock formations & there was a wedding happening up near the entrance. Folks were laughing, the birds were singing (as were the guys in the kayaks at the top of their lungs) & my knees held up so it was a very good day! See you on the Needle's Highway next time :)