High water causes debris warning, closures at Saylorville Lake

USACE Rock Island District
Published May 6, 2024
A photo of floating debris on Saylorville Lake.

A photo of floating debris on Saylorville Lake.

Following recent rainfall in the Des Moines River watershed and subsequent rising water levels at Saylorville Lake, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has implemented closures in specific areas for public safety. The closed areas include Cherry Glen Lower Boat Ramp, the lower parking lot at Lakeview High Water Boat Ramp, Oak Grove Beach Access, and NW Jester Park Drive. These closures will remain in effect until lake levels recede, and the areas can be cleaned and safely reopened.

Some facilities such as the Lakeview Main Ramp, Lakeview High Water Ramp, Sandpiper, and Cherry Glen Upper boat ramps remain open. However, visitors should be mindful of limited parking availability and potential hazards, including submerged structures and floating debris within Saylorville Lake. It's crucial for boaters to exercise extreme caution, as debris may not always be visible and could pose risks just beneath the water's surface. Additionally, all boaters are strongly advised to always wear life jackets, maintain reduced speeds, and refrain from boating after dark. Compliance with buoy markings is also essential for safe navigation.

For updated lake level information and forecasts, visit, search for Saylorville Lake under Rock Island District, Des Moines River Basin. For real-time updates on ramp availability and the status of all recreation areas, follow the Saylorville Lake Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/SaylorvilleLake/ or visit our recreation area status website: https://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Saylorville-Lake/Recreation-Status/.

Saylorville Lake Operations
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Release no. 24-019