Custer State Park - State Game Lodge - Custer, South Dakota

This gracious stone and wood lodge is set in a beautiful mountain valley, surrounded by ponderosa pines. Grace Coolidge Creek winds through the valley and offers excellent trout fishing. Oak, birch, and aspen trees line the babbling creek, providing a colorful year-round display.

The State Game Lodge was built in 1920 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It served as the "Summer White House" for President Calvin Coolidge in 1927 and was visited by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953.

Accommodations range from stately lodge rooms to modern motel rooms and cozy cabins. The historic State Game Lodge Dining Room serves South Dakota specialties such as buffalo, pheasant, and trout.

After dinner, relax on the front porch or take a leisurely stroll along Grace Coolidge Creek. Named after Calvin's first lady, the stream flows through the lodge's sprawling front yard.

The park's popular Buffalo Safari Jeep Tours originate from the State Game Lodge. Take an open-air ride into the back country in search of bison while our guides tell you all about the park and its amazing wildlife.