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Sylvan Lake (South Dakota)

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Sylvan Lake (South Dakota)

Sylvan Lake
Rock formations near lake
Location Custer County, South Dakota, United States
Primary outflows Sunday Gulch Creek
Basin countries United States
Surface area 17.3 acres (7.0 ha)[1]
Average depth 12.8 feet (3.9 m)[1]
Max. depth 30 feet (9.1 m)[1]
Shore length1 1 mile (1.6 km)
Surface elevation 6,145 feet (1,873 m)[1]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Sylvan Lake, known as the "crown jewel" of Custer State Park, is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Created in 1881 when Theodore Reder built a dam across Sunday Gulch,[2] it 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. A hotel was operated on the shore of the lake in the early 20th century (Postcard).

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 when in reality it is actually five miles southwest of Mount Rushmore.

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