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Bismarck Lake Black Hills National Forest Campground Black Hills National Forest South Dakota

Bismarck Lake Black Hills National Forest Overview

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Bismarck Lake Campground is on the edge of Bismarck Lake in the Black Hills National Forest and has 23 single-family campsites. Most sites are nice and wide with great views of the lake. Aspen and Ponderosa pine trees provide good shade to most sites. Campsite #1 is for the camp host, sites 2-21 are reservable and sites 22-23 are first-come, first-serve.

Campground amenities include drinking water and vault toilets. Each campsite also has a table, grill and fire ring.
The campground does not have a dump station, but there is one on Wildlife Loop road ($20 SD park pass needed). There is also another dump station at the Big “D” Texaco station at the west end of Mt. Rushmore Road in Custer ($).

Bismarck Lake – Area Recreation

The Black Hills National Forest  includes 1.25 million acres of rugged rock formations, canyons, grassland, streams, lakes and unique caves. There is also an abundance of wildlife including bighorn sheep, elk, deer, pronghorn, eagles and many other bird species. Recreation opportunities include fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking, horseback riding, OHVs and wildlife viewing. Mt. Rushmore is also just a 30 minute drive from the campground and Jewel Cave National Monument is also nearby.

You may also be interested in Custer State Park (just 2 miles from the campground).

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Amenities
  • BBQ Grills
  • Campsite Tables
  • Drinking Water
  • Equestrian trail
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Grills
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms (Vault Toilets)
Activities
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Boating (non motorized)
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseback riding
  • Kayaking
  • Lake
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • OHVing
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming
  • Walking Trails
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Winter/Snow Sports
Outlaw Ranch Road
Custer, South Dakota 57730
605 574-4402
Lat / Long:

43.78194, -103.51583

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Best Campsites

3, 4, 13, 16, 19, 21.

Regions
Campsite Types
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer
Season:

Mid May – Early September

Elevation:

5,000

# of Campsites:

23

Bismarck Lake Black Hills National Forest Photos

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Bismarck Lake Black Hills National Forest Comments & Reviews

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2 Comments on “Bismarck Lake Black Hills National Forest”

  1. Donna Kies says:

    Will a 27 ft travel trailer fit , are generators allowed and where can you fill your water tank and use a dump station at . Thank you

    • Hi Donna,
      Bismarck Lake campground does not have a dump station, but there is one on Wildlife Loop road ($20 SD park pass needed). There is also another dump station at the Big “D” Texaco station at the west end of Mt. Rushmore Road in Custer ($).
      There are water spigots throughout the campground where you can fill up your tanks. Hope this helps!

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