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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Legion Lake Hotel Custer