Stockade Lake South Campground

Custer State Park

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Stockade Lake Drive Custer, SD 57730 605-255-4515 Reservations: 800-710-2267 Official Website

GPS: 43.7644, -103.5228

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Overview of Stockade Lake South Campground

Number of Sites 25

Reservations yes

Open Seasonally May - October

Elevation 5,216 ft / 1,589 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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Reviews of Stockade Lake South Campground 2 people have reviewed this location.

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Verizon 4G/LTE
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 3/7/2016
Confirmed by 1 User
Last reported 6/1/2018
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Zamia Ventures
Hobe Sound, FL 25' Airstream Flying Cloud Ford F150
132 reviews
“Great base to explore Custer SP and the Black Hills”

Reviewed 6/1/2018

Nightly rate: $25
Days stayed: 5
Site Number: 17
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We stayed in Custer State Park for 10 nights, 5 of them at Stockade South. Since it is located on the western side of the park, it's just a few minutes from Custer (with groceries, gas, and restaurants), and is an easy drive from Wind Cave, Jewel Cave, Mt. Rushmore, etc. It's also conveniently located to the western side of the Wildlife Drive so we were able to get out there very early to see a lot of animals.

The campground is relatively small with about 20 sites for RVs, a small loop of primitive (tent only) sites, and a half dozen camping cabins. RV sites are electric only, and are surrounded by towering ponderosa pines. The campground is south of Stockade Lake and away from 16A so it was completely quiet during our stay. The bathhouse is generously sized for the small campground and was immaculately clean during our visit. Water was hot and the push-button operation on the showers actually provided a decent amount of shower time.

The biggest issue with the campground is that the sites are unpaved and very unlevel both side to side and front to back. We managed to get level eventually, but were somewhat nervous about the amount of jack extension we needed to use. Some of the sites would have been really hard to use with our 25' trailer, and would be better suited for a pop up or van. The sites are also fairly close together and the tree trunks don't provide much privacy; sites on the outside of the loop are generally better in this regard. Stockade Lake Road is very windy to the east of the campground; when towing, it's better to come in from 16A on the west side of the CG.

We had 1-2 bars LTE service on AT&T. Download: 1.00 Mbps Upload: 0.31 Mbps (Unboosted - we obviously were glad to have the booster!)

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Zamia Ventures would stay here again

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SD 33' Airstream Classic 33 Ram 3500
163 reviews
“SP site in the pines. Nice fireplaces.”

Reviewed 3/7/2016

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No Booster 1 bar LTE 7.77/.41 mbps down/up
Booster 2 bar LTE 14.32/1.59 mbps down/up

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  • 50 Amp
  • 30 Amp
  • 20 Amp
  • dry camping
  • Partial Hookups
  • fishing
  • playground
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • cabins
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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