|Today we packed a picnic lunch & headed off for a day trip that included Sylvan Lake & the Needles Hwy. But as usual, I took way to many pics to share in just one post. So, this will just be photos of Sylvan.
Sylvan Lake, known as the "crown jewel" of Custer State Park. It was created in 1881 when Theodore Reder built a dam across Sunday Gulch and offers picnic areas, rock climbing, small rental boats, swimming, and hiking trails. It is also popular as a starting point for excursions to Harney Peak and The Needles. There is also a fairly easy walking path that's about 1 mile around the lake. I would like to point out that it is a bit steep toward the end & I would suggest good walking shoes as well as a bottle of water. The weather was beautiful today, cool with a light breeze which made for a great hike. It took us about 40 minutes, not bad!
Sylvan 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 when in reality it is actually five miles southwest of Mount Rushmore. With it's obvious beauty & rugged look it's easy to understand why they wanted to film here. My favorite lake in the Black Hills for sure! Hope you enjoy today's pics & please come back tomorrow as we travel on through the Needles :)