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Saylorville Lake



Welcome to Saylorville Lake

Saylorville Lake is located on the Des Moines River in central Iowa, just north of the city of Des Moines. In addition to providing flood control, this 26,000 acre project fulfills a truly multipurpose role. The reservoir provides a minimum downstream river flow for water supply and water quality during drought periods. Park Rangers actively manage the natural resources, conserving river, woodland, wetland, and prairie habitats. Saylorville staff, volunteers and contractors take pride in offering quality outdoor recreation including camping, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, wildlife watching and more.

Since placed in operation in 1977, it is estimated that by reducing the flows of the Des Moines River below the lake, the reservoir has prevented approximately $181,932,300 in additional flood damages.

Come and explore the treasures of Saylorville Lake and rejuvenate your spirit!


Latest News

Saylorville Lake Closes Additional Areas Due to High Lake Levels and Releases - July 3, 2018
Due to high lake levels and releases, several Saylorville Lake facilities are closed. NW 78th Avenue
Published: 7/3/2018
Saylorville Lake Closures
Due to recent heavy rains, lake levels at Saylorville Lake are rising rapidly.   Lakeview Main and
Published: 6/23/2018
Saylorville Lake Outflows will Affect Des Moines River Levels
The water level at Saylorville Lake has been receding after spring and early summer rainfall in the
Published: 6/14/2018