Saylorville Lake Closing Additional Recreation Areas Due to Rising Water Levels

Published March 20, 2020

JOHNSTON, Iowa - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Saylorville Lake has closed Cherry Glen Main Boat Ramp and NW Jester Park Drive due to rising water levels. Boat ramps that remain open at this time include Cherry Glen Upper, Lakeview Main and Lakeview High Water.

The Bob Shetler, Cottonwood, Oak Grove, Sandpiper, and Walnut Ridge recreation areas as well as the Visitor Center building and parking lot remain closed as a preventative measure due the COVID-19 pandemic.

Campgrounds at Saylorville Lake and others within the Rock Island District that have not yet opened for the season will have an indefinite delay in their previously advertised seasonal openings. Refunds will be provided through Recreation One-Stop (1-877-444-6777 or All other events, including Corps-sponsored events, interpretive programs, lock-and-dam tours and site visits scheduled through May 11 have also been cancelled.

Saylorville Lake is in the Rock Island District, Des Moines River Basin. For up-to-date information regarding the status of Saylorville Lake recreation areas call: 515-276-0433. For lake level information and predictions visit:

Jeff Rose
(515) 276-4656

Release no. 20-005