|Last Sunday on our way home from Rapid City we decided to make our first visit of the year to the lovely Sylvan Lake, known as the "crown jewel" of Custer State Park. This small lake is actually our favorite lake here in the Black Hills. It was created in 1881 when Theodore Reder built a dam across Sunday Gulch. What a great idea, lol!
The only downside to visiting Sylvan is it offers picnic areas, rock climbing, small rental boats, swimming, and hiking trails. So, it's crowded! And, as word spreads about it's beauty, more & more folks are 'discovering' it, darn it! We usually wait until later in the summer to launch our Sea Eagle on it when it's oh so much quieter and certainly more serene. I caught a nice rainbow last time we fished it, and hopefully that will be the case again this year. I always enjoy the trip whether we catch or not as the scenery is just breathtaking. We also plan to take the 1 mile hike around the lake. It's fairly easy & of course gives several wonderful perspectives of this beautiful area. Can't wait :)
This location has also become very popular for weddings & in fact there was one in progress when we arrived. I snapped a shot of the wedding party but we didn't stick around as we didn't want to disturb the 'atmosphere'. Our friends were baptized there a couple of years ago and I think that would be really awesome. Cold, but awesome!
The lake was featured in Disney's 2007 film National Treasure: Book of Secrets. The film made the lake appear to be located directly behind Mount Rushmore, but in reality it is actually five miles southwest of Mount Rushmore. Made for a great scene though! A real must see if you make it to the Black Hills!