Saylorville Lake Water on the Rise

Published Sept. 7, 2018

JOHNSTON, Iowa - Just as the lake level reached normal conservation pool, recent rain has caused Saylorville Lake water levels to rise. Due to forecasted water elevations, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have closed the following areas: Cherry Glen Lower Boat Ramp, Oak Grove Beach Access, NW Jester Park Drive and Control Tower Road. These areas will be closed until lake levels subside and they can be cleaned up and brought back into service. Check current boat ramp availability by calling 515-509-2015, then 30#. 

Lakeview Main, Lakeview High-water, Sandpiper and Cherry Glen Upper Boat Ramps will remain open.  

With rising water levels, boating conditions may be hazardous due to submerged facilities and floating debris.  Not all debris is visible; many pieces lie just under the surface of the water.  Extreme caution should be taken if persons operate their vessels on the lake.  All vessel occupants should wear their PFD’s (life jackets) at all times. Also reduce travel speed, avoid boating after dark, watch for and obey all buoy markings.  

Visitors may receive current information regarding the status of all recreation areas by calling the lake information number at 515-276-0433.  For current boat ramp availability call 515-509-2015 then 30#. Lake level information and predictions can be accessed at  Saylorville Lake is in the Rock Island District, Des Moines River Basin. 

For More Information on Saylorville Lake

(515) 276-4656

Jeff Rose
515-276-4656 x 6504
5600 NW 78th Ave, Johnston, IA 50131

Release no. 18-056