This remodeled, original log home is charming and comfortable. The cabin sits on over 3 acres bounded by Forrest Service land and 1500 feet from the entrance to Custer State Park.
Originally built in the early 1930's, it is situated on a hilltop overlooking Stockade Lake. Years ago, an addition including the kitchen, bath and bedroom, was made to the original cabin. With an eye for details, like over-sized windows in every room and artful woodworking, this addition only enhanced the cabins unique character.
One of the oversized windows is in the living room where it views Stockade Lake. The Lake looks different every day: The surface of the Lake is smooth and reflective in the morning and glistening in the afternoon. Boaters and colorful kayaks create relaxing views.
The cabin has 1050 square feet of living area. The living room is large (14x24) with two comfortable sofas for lounging. The beauty of the original log work has enhanced over the years. The logs are chinked with buffalo hair. The unique arched fireplace was hand crafted of large, native rock and has been updated to a gas-log insert. So with the flip of a switch, it's easy to enjoy the warmth of a fire on cool evenings. Put your feet up and watch satellite TV on the 35-inch, big-screen, or step out of the living room onto a rock patio, (one of two patios), smell the pine air, relax and enjoy the view of Stockade Lake.
Stockade Lake is very beautiful and much larger than it appears in the picture. Only about 20% of the lake can be viewed from the cabin, the rest of the lake opens up beyond beautiful rock formations. There are fire pits with picnic tables situated next to the waters edge. Take a lunch and fish off the shore or take the kids to the sandy swim beach where there's a play area with swings and a slide.
The entrance to Custer State Park is adjacent to the Lake. The Park offers miles of paved highway leading to other lakes, like Sylvan, Legion and Center Lakes. This is a great place to begin your tour of the Black Hills.
Start your day with coffee in the quaint knotty-pine breakfast room. Wireless internet keeps you connected. There's a TV located next to the dining room table just right for kids who like to watch cartoons while having breakfast. The two windows next to the dining table look out over the tree-studded hilltop. Often, in the early morning and late evening, wild turkey and deer feed around the trees, just outside these windows.
The kitchen has a large garden window over the kitchen sink. You'll find the kitchen is complete with full-size stove and refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, and slow cooker. Also furnished are dishes, utensils, pots, pans and other cooking tools such as BBQ utincels and marshmallow roasting tools for the fire pit area. We supply coffee, sugar, salt and pepper and grill spray, and we stock the fridge with bottled water for your arrival. The gas grill is just outside the kitchen door; we provide the propane.
Five guests can sleep comfortably in the cabin. The bedroom is spacious (15x15) with a queen bed, twin bed, and dresser. The living room has a comfortable sleeper sofa just right for falling asleep while watching the big screen TV.
There's a washer and dryer, and the bath has a tub with shower. We provide a minimum of 10 towels and washcloths.
We take pride in caring for the cabin; we the owners do all of the cleaning and we do not charge a cleaning or damage deposit. Our goal is to do all we can to ensure you enjoy your visit to our cabin and the Black Hills.
We welcome you!
Earl and Judy Gill
Keywords: Original Log Cabin
My wife and I stayed in the cabin from Sept. 1 to Sept. 15, 2014 and found it to be the best place we have ever stayed in. the cabin was spacious, immaculate, and just perfect. We enjoyed seeing all of the wildlife during the day and evening. We were even fortunate enough to have an unusual 8" snowfall (Sept. 10) while we were there. We loved everything about it: the view out the picture window, the cabin itself, and the owners, two of the most wonderful people you will ever meet. We were sad when we had to leave but were very glad we found this little piece of paradise in the Black Hills. We will be back, hopefully soon.
We've been going to the Black Hills for years and years. We love everything about it. And now we have one more. We've found the best place to stay: this wonderful cabin. Immaculately maintained, spotlessly clean, so warm and cozy with comfortable furnishings including the BEST bed ever, a well-stocked kitchen, a fabulous stone fireplace, modern conveniences like satellite TV, reliable internet and even a washer and dryer. Couple all that with a centrally located and very convenient location: minutes from town, Custer State Park and great fishing spots along with the nicest, most accommodating and friendliest owners ever: Judy and Earl. So much wildlife right outside the big picture window and of course the incredible night sky. Our only complaint is that we had to come home!!! But rest assured, we'll back. Year after year after year!!!
Though it has been a couple of months since we've stayed, I've felt guilty almost every day that I haven't written this review until today. Earl and Judy are great owners who went out of their way to ensure we had a good time and knew everything there is to know about Custer.
We were in the middle of a two week road trip from Atlanta - with this being the turnaround point - with our three kids aged 7.6 and 4. We had no trouble finding the place and were greeted warmly upon our arrival. They both walked us through the house and then left us with a dizzying array of things to do in and around Custer that were seemingly tailored just for us and our circumstances (young and restless kids).
The cabin itself was exactly as advertised and, in conjunction with the owners' hospitality, is worth all the 5-star reviews it gets here.
We spent an awesome week in the Black Hills, made all the more enjoyable by our stay in the Cabin at Stockade Lake. Earl and Judy have provided just about everything you could possibly need for a great vacation, and are really wonderful hosts. They were always accessible, but never intrusive. Nicely situated on a small hill overlooking Stockade Lake, the cabin's beautiful Lodge-style decor immediately sets just the right mood for a Black Hills vacation, and its location just outside Custer State Park makes it a great home base for exploring the area. It's also a peaceful idyllic setting to return to after a busy day of sightseeing. My favorite time in the cabin was early morning -- the picture window in the living room afforded a beautiful view of the mist rising off of the lake, and most mornings we were treated to the sight of a flock of wild turkeys pecking their way through the front yard. We had a fantastic time here -- our only complaint would be that one week simply isn't enough time to see and do all that the Hills have to offer, so we definitely plan a return trip one day!
My wife and I decided to go out west and spend our 32nd Anniversery at Stockade Lake Log Cabin. Once we arrived we were warmly greeted by two of the most wonderful people that we have ever got to know Judy and Earl. They gave us a grand tour of their lovely cabin and showed us such details of their cabin such as the logs in the Family room have actual Buffalo Hair twisted and placed in between the logs! It was very kind and thoughtful of Judy and Earl to have a vase of flowers and freshly baked cookies waiting for us on the dining room table! The cabin offered everything as shown and the views of Stockade Lake and the tall Aspen Pines were wonderful. There was so much to see and do for the first time in Custer State Park and the surrounding area of Custer, SD. After a long day of walking and taking lots of pictures, returning to the cabin provided the perfect ending for relaxing and unwind on the patio. We had the most wonderful experience (even celebrated our anniversary with a hail storm that hit Custer, SD on the 4th) staying there for six days was not enough and we hope to make it back again next year to explore the rest of the area. Thank you Judy and Earl for everything!!!
This property is exceptionally clean, well maintained, and full of nice extra touches which exceeded our expectations. It accommodates a small family very well. The owners do a remarkable job of being helpful and available without being intrusive. We were looking for a location that could serve as a base for exploring the area and found this location to be very suitable. It is a very pleasant setting to return to after a day of sightseeing. We like to have the option of preparing our own meals when traveling and this property and its location near grocery stores made it very easy to do so. I have no hesitation is recommending this property.
1500 feet from the entrance to Custer State Park, one of the largest state parks in the USA, 10 minute drive to Crazy Horse and 20 minute drive to Mt Rushmore.
The cabin is a great place to start your tour of the Black Hills. Highway 16, just next to the drive into the cabin, is the route most traveled throughout the beautiful, scenic Black Hills.