This South Dakota Lake Was Just Named One Of The Most Beautiful In America

As South Dakotans, we are used to hearing rave reviews about our state, but still enjoy whenever we are acknowledged for having something that is one of the best. One of our more recent of accolades? Having one of our stunning lakes recognized as being one of the most beautiful in America! Can you guess which attraction is being called the most beautiful lake in South Dakota? Read on to see if you’re correct:

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Visit the lake at 13329 US Highway 16A, Custer, SD 57730

Check out even more of our state’s gorgeous lakes by clicking 10 Beautiful South Dakota Lakes With A Magical Aura About Them.

Address: Sylvan Lake, East Custer, SD 57730, USA
The OIYS Visitor Center

Most Beautiful Lake In South Dakota

May 28, 2019

What are the best lakes to visit in South Dakota? Obviously, we are pretty fond of Sylvan Lake, but there are a lot of other stellar lakes around South Dakota, too! If you want to visit a lake that is calm and quiet, we recommend Lake Kampeska near Watertown, which is the perfect place for both water sports and relaxing on the shore. While we already said that Sylvan is the prettiest lake in South Dakota, a close second would have to Pickerel; one of SoDak’s deepest natural lakes that is surrounded by beautiful trees and prairie. Finally, for one of the best lake beaches in South Dakota, visit the large and sandy Oahe Downstream Recreation Area in Fort Pierre!

What are the best lake beaches in South Dakota? Obviously, there is the aforementioned Sylvan Lake, but there is also the one-of-a-kind Cascade Falls (an all-natural swimming hole located outside of Hot Springs), Newton Hills State Park, and the sandy shores of Angostura Reservoir.

Where are the best natural places to go swimming in South Dakota? While South Dakota has several man-made lakes and reservoirs, we also have some natural places to swim as well. As we just mentioned, Cascade Falls is always a must, but there is also Lewis and Clark Recreation Area (an impoundment of the mighty Missouri), Lake Thompson (the largest natural lake in the state!), and (again) Pickerel Lake.

Address: Sylvan Lake, East Custer, SD 57730, USA