Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

We've arrived...

Custer Mountain Campground...

This buffalo was won at the annual auction held a couple of...

Getting set up...

A little of the South arm of Stockade Lake...

One of the resident ducks...

Larry enjoys feeding them...

The poor drake got very little, this girl could swim & she...

A few other folks fishing off the shore & the dock...

And a bit further down the North arm...

We took a nice walk to the waters edge...

Onyx wanted to check out the baby ducks!...

I love to watch these babies...

Is this not beautiful???

So peaceful & relaxing...

She was very interested in Onyx's barking...

A view of some of the surrounding area...

I am preparing dinner & Larry is relaxing!...


Woke up to a beautiful day! I guess the push to get here just flat wore us out. We had planned to do the Needles Hwy today but instead finished setting up our "stuff", read a bit & then finally late in the afternoon decided to go for a short drive.

Just 2 miles down Hwy 16A from our campground is Custer State Park, South Dakota's premier State Park comprised of over 71,000 acres. We purchased our annual park pass for $23 so that we will have unlimited entry 24/7. Not that you would want to wander about too much in the dark... Unless we put a deer guard on the front of our truck! Once the sun starts setting, glowing eyes appear everywhere! Max speed for driving, 30 MPH, in case of quick stops, that is unless you want a new hood ornament!

One of our favorite fishing holes, Stockade Lake, the reservoir 5 miles east of Custer, has a nice mix of fish, including small northern pike, perch, largemouth bass, crappies and a few good rainbows as large as 18 inches. We really have to get serious now about our boat purchase. An inflatable seems to be our best option. Larry can't wait to get his float tube in the water! They also have ducks. Fun to watch & to feed! Onyx is crazy about them.

The lake spans about 130 acres. This is a gorgeous little lake with crystal clear waters and some of the best landscape in the surrounding area. There are several campgrounds nearby, a nice boat ramp & fortunately for us, not many folks currently here! We took the drive around the lake, spotted a # of deer, took a short walk, fed the ducks & then decided to head home to feed us also!

Another nice, relaxed day in the Black Hills. We are so happy to be here...



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