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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

Corps of Engineers Taking Public Comment on Draft Saylorville Lake Master Plan and Environmental Assessment
JOHNSTON, Iowa – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, asks the public to provide comment on the FINAL DRAFT of the Saylorville Lake Master Plan and Environmental Assessment. The master plan, which was last updated in 1984, conceptually establishes and guides the orderly development, administration, maintenance, preservation, enhancement, and management of all natural, cultural, and recreational resources of a Corps of Engineers water resource project.
Published: 11/20/2014
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shares water safety tips for Labor Day holiday
(ROCK ISLAND, Ill.) — It’s almost time to say goodbye to summer. If you’ll be spending the weekend on or around the water this Labor Day, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urges you to remember these safety tips.
Published: 8/28/2014
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers returns to full operations
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (Oct. 17) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, has returned to full operations today following the passing of the continuing resolution by Congress.
Published: 10/17/2013