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State Game Lodge at Custer State Park Resort

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Family Suite, Multiple Beds, Refrigerator & Microwave, Park View | Terrace/patio
Presidential Cabin, 5 Bedrooms, Kitchen, Park View | View from room
Premium Cabin, 2 Bedrooms, Kitchen, Park View | Premium bedding, pillowtop beds, individually decorated

Overview of State Game Lodge at Custer State Park Resort

State Game Lodge at Custer State Park Resort

2.5 star property

8.4/10 Very Good

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Air conditioning
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast available
  • Business services
13389 US Hwy 16A, Custer, SD, 57730

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationPeter Norbeck Visitors Center5 min walk
  • Popular LocationCuster State Park Wildlife Loop Road15 min walk
  • Popular LocationSylvan Rocks Climbing School18 min walk
  • AirportRapid City, SD (RAP-Rapid City Regional)46 min drive

Room options

About this area


Located in Custer, State Game Lodge at Custer State Park Resort is in the historical district and on a river. Peter Norbeck Visitors Center and Sylvan Lake are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Grace Coolidge Creek and French Creek. Don't miss out on a visit to Custer State Park Wildlife Loop Road. Kayaking offers a great chance to get out on the surrounding water, or you can seek out an adventure with rock climbing and mountain biking nearby.

What's nearby

  • Peter Norbeck Visitors Center - 5 min walk
  • Custer State Park Wildlife Loop Road - 15 min walk
  • Sylvan Rocks Climbing School - 18 min walk
  • Legion Lake - 19 min drive
  • Center Lake - 20 min drive

Getting around

  • Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP) - 46 min drive


  • The Blue Bell Lodge - 18 min drive

About this property

State Game Lodge at Custer State Park Resort

Resort by the river
Located close to Peter Norbeck Visitors Center, State Game Lodge at Custer State Park Resort provides game and wildlife viewing, a grocery/convenience store, and a terrace. Adventurous travelers may like the spelunking, hiking/biking, and fishing at this resort. The onsite family restaurant, State Game Lodge Restaura, features garden views and light fare. In addition to an art gallery on site and shopping on site, guests can connect to free in-room WiFi.
Additional perks include:
  • Free self parking
  • Full breakfast (surcharge), a safari, and smoke-free premises
  • A 24-hour front desk, wedding services, and a front desk safe
  • Guest reviews give good marks for the dining options, overall value, and helpful staff
Room features
All 105 individually furnished rooms offer comforts such as premium bedding and air conditioning, as well as amenities like free WiFi. Guests reviews say good things about the clean rooms at the property.
More conveniences in all rooms include:
  • Free toiletries and hair dryers
  • 32-inch flat-screen TVs with premium channels
  • Microwaves, coffee/tea makers, and heating



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Gloves available
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Free self parking on site
  • Free RV/bus/truck parking on site

Food and drink

  • Daily full breakfast available for a fee: USD 13 for adults and USD 12 for children
  • A bar/lounge
  • A coffee shop/cafe
  • A restaurant
  • Snack bar/deli

Restaurants on site

  • State Game Lodge Restaura

Things to do

  • Art gallery
  • Fishing
  • Game drive
  • Game viewing
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Playground
  • Safari
  • Shopping
  • Spelunking
  • TV in common areas

Family friendly

  • Grocery/convenience store
  • In-room microwave
  • Laundry facilities
  • Playground
  • Snack bar/deli


  • 24-hour front desk
  • ATM
  • Gift shop/newsstand
  • Grocery/convenience store
  • Laundry facilities
  • Safe at front desk

Guest services

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Tour and ticket assistance
  • Wedding services

Business services

  • 3,000 square feet of conference space
  • 4 meeting rooms


  • Garden
  • In a state park
  • On a river
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • No elevator
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)


  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Pillowtop mattress
  • Premium bedding


  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels


  • 32-inch flat-screen TV with premium channels

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Microwave


  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Free local calls
  • Heating (climate-controlled)
  • Individual decor
  • Individual furnishings
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Phone

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Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 19


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Renovations and closures

The property is closed between October 22 and April 28.

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed (service animals are welcome, and are exempt from fees)

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available

Property payment types

Important information

Optional extras

  • Fee for full breakfast: USD 13 for adults and USD 12 for children (approximately)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

We should mention

This property does not have elevators

Property is also known as

Game Lodge
Game State Lodge
State Game Custer
State Game Lodge Custer State Park Resort
State Game Lodge Custer
State Lodge
State Game Hotel Custer
State Game Resort
State Game Lodge Hermosa
State Game Hermosa
State Game Lodge State Park Resort
State Game Lodge State Park
State Game Lodge at Custer State Park Resort Resort
State Game Lodge at Custer State Park Resort Custer
State Game Lodge at Custer State Park Resort Resort Custer

Frequently asked questions

Is State Game Lodge at Custer State Park Resort pet-friendly?

No, only service animals are welcome at the property.

How much is parking at State Game Lodge at Custer State Park Resort?

Self parking is free at this property.

What time is check-in at State Game Lodge at Custer State Park Resort?

Check-in begins at 4:00 PM.

What time is check-out at State Game Lodge at Custer State Park Resort?

Check-out is at 10:00 AM.

Where is State Game Lodge at Custer State Park Resort located?

Situated in the historical district, this resort is within a 15-minute walk of Peter Norbeck Visitors Center and Custer State Park Wildlife Loop Road. Grace Coolidge Creek and French Creek are also within 12 mi (20 km).



Very Good

Rating 10 - Excellent. 136 out of 296 reviews" "
" "10 - Excellent 46%
Rating 8 - Good. 104 out of 296 reviews" "
" "8 - Good 35%
Rating 6 - Okay. 29 out of 296 reviews" "
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Rating 4 - Poor. 19 out of 296 reviews" "
" "4 - Poor 6%
Rating 2 - Terrible. 8 out of 296 reviews" "
" "2 - Terrible 3%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
The property was amazing. The staffs were friendly and helpful in every way.
Stayed 2 nights in Oct 2022

6/10 Okay


Liked: Staff & service
Check in staff was very nice, the lobby was very nice, so I had great hopes for our stay. Keep in mind with winding mountain roads it’s a good 25 min to get lunch/dinner. They do have a restaurant here, but due to being off season they only had burger or chili as lunch option. The room was very dated and tiny! On the website it boasted of recently redone rooms. Maybe we just didn’t get a new one? We killed about 8 spiders before bed.. the kids were scared to sleep thinking bugs would crawl on them at night. I’m sure it’s the season here and stopping bugs from getting in is hard. However we’ve stayed in the area a week now and this was our first hotel with issues. The bathroom is so tiny the door touches the toilet and there is barely room to turn around or get dressed. We would not stay here again
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2022

8/10 Good


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Too many stairs.
Stayed 2 nights in Sep 2022

10/10 Excellent


Traveled with group
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2022

8/10 Good


Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service
Beautiful area, rooms were okay. We had a lot of flies in our room. It would have been nice if we had wi-fi in the rooms. Currently there is only wi-fi available in the lobby.
Stayed 3 nights in Sep 2022

6/10 Okay


Traveled with partner
Liked: Staff & service
Beautiful location but the room was small and old
Stayed 2 nights in Aug 2022

10/10 Excellent


Stayed 7 nights in Aug 2022

10/10 Excellent


Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Family Vacation
Creek side lodge is very clean and comfortable. Check in was quick and easy. The lodge is located in the middle of Custer state park which is an amazing part of the black hills area. Beautiful scenic drives in every direction and close to Mt Rushmore.
Stayed 2 nights in Jul 2022

8/10 Good


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Amazing location, good room & amenities
I had a room in the lodge on the first floor, which overlooks the parking area, main road and forest beyond it. Because of the proximity to the parking and road, I had quite a bit of noise (my stay overlapped Sturgis, so lots of loud motorcycles) when people would initially start up or drive by. It was quiet at night however, so it didn't disturb my stay. Proximity to Wildlife Loop, Wind & Jewel Caves, Badlands and all the hiking is great. The onsite restaurant was inconsistent both in service and food quality. I had 2 nights of great service/food and 1 night where both were just ok. Would stay here again, just due to the location, but would request a room on the 2nd floor of the lodge to minimize road noise, and would likely opt to eat elsewhere.
Stayed 3 nights in Aug 2022

4/10 Poor


Traveled with family
Liked: Cleanliness
Disliked: Staff & service
We were expecting so much more. This was probably the place I was most excited to stay on our out-west vacation. No one was at the reception desk when we went to check in, we had to wait for someone who was not very friendly. The rooms were very clean, that being said I was told there was a fly problem and we had to deal with flys ALL NIGHT long and the next morning. The rooms were a little snug to say the least. The girl that checked us out in the morning was very friendly. We ate at Blue Bell and that was fantastic. Loved seeing the wildlife.
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2022