A letter to our guests regarding the Sylvan Lake Lodge fire. 

A Letter To Our Guests

To Our Valued Guests,

As you may already be aware, on the evening of December 18, 2021, a fire broke out at our Crown Jewel, Sylvan Lake Lodge. It was an unforeseen event that brought a second fire to Sylvan’s hotel history—the first fire burnt the original Sylvan Lake Hotel to the ground back in 1935.

Thankfully, the Lodge was closed for the 2021 season, and no civilians or animals were hurt. Fire crews from multiple surrounding counties worked overnight to extinguish the blaze early, and all damage was contained to only the east side of the building. As a result, we are thankful to announce that the historic parts of the Lodge were spared.

Travelers will be welcomed to Sylvan Lake Lodge for the 2022 season; however, all lodge sleeping rooms will need to be rebuilt and are currently closed. Governor Noem has given us her full support for an expedited construction process, and we are taking reservations in the new Lodge rooms for the 2023 season. The Custer State Park Resort team has worked tirelessly to ensure that all displaced guests have as much time as possible to make alternate lodging arrangements for their time in the Black Hills.

I want to personally extend a humble thank you to our entire community, state, and guests, new and old, for their unwavering support throughout this process. The cause of the fire has been determined accidental; more details will be released as they are uncovered.

We look forward to another season together, with our Season 2022 opening date set for Friday, April 29, 2022.


Josh Schmaltz

President & CEO, Ramkota Companies

Custer State Park Resort