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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 Halloween Prowl
Johnston, Iowa - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Saylorville Lake announces the Annual Halloween Prowl at the Saylorville Lake Visitor Center. Bring the youngsters for a real treat. Activities will include a hike on the haunted nature trail, a movie with treats and an indoor craft project.
Published: 10/6/2015
National Public Lands Day
September 26th is National Public Lands Day and the US Army Corps of Engineers at Saylorville Lake is hosting a cleanup project beginning at 11AM, ending at 3PM. Join more than 175,000 volunteers around the nation to beautify the land, improve your fitness and enjoy the outdoors.
Published: 9/17/2015
Rock Island District waives fees on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 26
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Rock Island District announces it will waive day use fees normally charged at boat launch ramps and swimming beaches at its recreation areas in recognition of National Public Lands Day on Sept. 26.
Published: 9/15/2015