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“Perfect for our family but need to know the details” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Legion Lake Resort

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Legion Lake Resort
Ranked #13 of 17 Hotels in Custer
Certificate of Excellence
Omaha, Nebraska
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40 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Perfect for our family but need to know the details”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

We've stayed at Custer State Park, State Game Lodge area, Creekside cabin, and another time at the Lodge motel room. The quality of the rooms and cabins was the same- rustic nice.

This time we stayed at Legion Lake area due to the proximity to Custer and Hot Springs- two areas we knew we'd be visiting during our week visit. We really like popping into Custer to the 'Burger & Bun' and 'Purple Pie Place'. We saved a boat load of money cooking; the local grocery store in Custer had everything we needed. The drive from Legion to Custer is a short 10 minute drive. Also close to the State Game Lodge/Wildlife loop road. Great central location.

We rented cabin #12- a 7 person housekeeping cabin. I agree with other reviews which encourage people to get bigger cabins. Our cabin was just right for myself, my husband and two young adult sons. Everything was clean and well appointed with dishes, cookware, microwave, full stove/oven and refrigerator. Housekeeping was good. No complaints. One room had a full and twin bed and another a full beg. In the living room/dining/kitchen area was a pull out couch. Outside we had a picnic table, fire ring and four outdoor lounging chairs.

The drawback for some is the location of the cabin. It like the others is that it is right next to the road and right next to 'worker' cabins. There was traffic past the cabins throughout the day and night. I'm not sure why the worker cabins are interspersed among the other cabins; they are not kept up well and have ratty cars (& other items) cluttered around. It's a little hike to the beach and not much of a view. However since we were out and about most of the time, the location didn't bother most of us. I would have liked to have a place overlooking the lake not the traffic going by.

The main staff were very friendly and accommodating. Perhaps it was Sturgis week but they seemed a little harried and totally befuddled by us wanting to pay more upfront with cash. You don't have the carefree ambiance like the State Game Lodge. The workers hang out in the parking lot (the best spots) and drive around with the side van doors open- kinda ghetto-like in my opinion. We enjoyed boating/hiking around Legion Lake and met some wonderful people. The boys went to the restaurant area to get on WiFi. We didn't eat there but got snacks and ice cream.

Overall a great time- to me it's not a trip to the Blackhills unless you stay at Custer State Park.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Madison, Wisconsin
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19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

After staying at the Roosevelt cabins in Yellowstone a few years ago we expected the sleeping cabins to be similar. The cabins are actually exactly like a motel room in most motels. The bathroom is a standard bathroom and the beds are standard beds. The bathroom door was swollen and difficult to close and the beds were very firm to the point where if you sleep on you side only you may want to consider bringing a pad. Some of my doors at home also stick and the mattresses the kids had when they were younger were exactly the same so I can't lower my rating just because of this. The view is great if you walk a bit and it is fun to wake up and look outside at a buffalo. The restaurant is superb withthe best burgers we have had. The only bad experience we had was accidently leaving our daughter's birthday present still unopened in the cabin. We called the clerk and it was not found in the lost and found or at housekeeping.

Room Tip: We were in cabin 22 which is near the end of the cul-de-sac. Very quiet with very little traffic.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alan H
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Spearfish, South Dakota, United States
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71 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014

We happened over a 2 night cancellation for Legion Lake Resort and jump on the opening. We stayed in a 2 room housekeeping cabin #2 with a view of the lake and easy walk to the lake to go fishing. We typically stay and Sylvan Lake but this location was also nice. The cabin was clean and had a very useable kitchenette. The beds were okay, but you did sleep like a banana, that is head and feet up and middle down. My husband caught dinner for us the one night rainbow trout and large mouth base. Interesting enought, the lake has lots of turtles. He also caught and released 3 turtles. The staff at the store was friendly too. A wonderful short time away from reality on a short notice, i.e. got lucky someone had cancelled.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Susan P
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Omaha, Nebraska
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20 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

We chose this place because there was no vacancies in our first choices, like Blue Bell Lodge or Sylvan Lake Lodge.
Legion Lake Resort Lodge was located in the heart of Custer State Park, so the location is hard to beat, if you like outdoor activities and explore Black Hills. We stayed in a sleeping cabin. Although we had everything we needed and it was really clean, we wished we had more comfort, such as comfortable outside sitting arrangement, may be a deck in front of each cabin etc. The wifi did not work in the cabins. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the restaurant was ok.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Yeshiko
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missouri
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124 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014 via mobile

Rented a sleeping cabin for two nights. $145 a night. One room cabin with two beds and a small bathroom. You're not hanging out in your room much so it's ok. Was clean and even had toiletries. Lake is small but pretty. We fished, but didn't catch anything. There is a nice hiking trail around the lake. Josh was helpful in the lodge gift shop. Good location for exploring Custer State Park and beyond.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank griffincooper
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Arvada
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014 via mobile

Our family wanted to stay in Custer State Park so we chose Legion Lake. We had a cabin which suited our needs perfectly. We didn't want to camp in a tent. This cabin was great. Still in the woods. Still in nature. Close to everything in the park. Great home base for our young family of 4.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Coloradoguy14
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Layton, Utah
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526 reviews
183 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 395 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2014

I stayed in cabin # 22. Bring your own bottled water. My water was yellow coming out of the tap and very smelly to take a shower in. I was raised on well water that was sometimes rusty- this cabin water was worse.

I think the Sylvan lodge area is a lot nicer. There is more to do (boat rentals, hiking trails) and the restaurant is better.

The cabin was not dirty as others have written. I had the heat set to 86 but the wall unit could not heat the room adequately during the night (I froze). The cabin had a refrigerator and coffee maker. I could connect to WiFi but it as so slow it was not usable. The cabin was well removed from others so I didn't hear any noise from other people The flat screen TV had a lot of channels. There was an uncovered picnic table outside. There weren't any bugs during my visit, biting or otherwise.

The gentleman who checked me in at the front desk was extremely nice and enthusiastic.

The town of Custer is only 12 miles away, so I bought a Subway sandwhich and brought it to my cabin rather then eat at the lodge. No breakfast is included. The towels were nice and thick.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Outdoorpartner
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Additional Information about Legion Lake Resort

Property: Legion Lake Resort
Address: 12967 US Highway 16a, Custer, SD 57730-8348
Region: United States > South Dakota > Custer
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 17 Hotels in Custer
Hotel Class:2 star — Legion Lake Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This Custer State Park accommodation is located near Legion Lake and offers access to fishing and mountain biking. ... more   less 
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Legion Lake Hotel Custer

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