“On any given day I can look out my window and see buffalo, big horn sheep, deer, turkey all at the same time,” said Craig Pugsley, Visitor Services Coordinator for the Park. “If you enjoy watching and photographing wildlife there is no better time than spring time in Custer State Park.”
Pugsley offers his “top five” things to do in the park this spring.
5. Scenic Drives – Cruise the 18 mile Wildlife Loop Road, the 14 mile Needles Highway or the famous Iron Mountain Road.
4. Spring Fishing – When the ice goes out, the Park’s four lakes and streams
offer up some excellent fishing for rainbow, brown, and brook trout.
3. Outdoor Adventure – Custer State Park features over 60 miles of hiking / biking trails, unlimited horse back riding opportunities, and world class rock climbing.
The annual open house weekend is scheduled for May 15, 16, and 17 and features free entrance and free fishing along with a myriad of other scheduled events.
- Visitor Center and full service camping opens April 1. Creekside Lodge is open all year and the four other lodges open May 1.
- Home of the Historic State Game Lodge, Summer White House for President Calvin Coolidge and visited by President Dwight Eisenhower.
**All Photos Courtesy of South Dakota Tourism.