High water causes debris warning, closures at Saylorville Lake

USACE Rock Island District
Published June 25, 2024

Following recent rainfall in northern Iowa and the Des Moines River watershed, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, has closed specific areas at Saylorville Lake 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, Sandpiper Boat Ramp, NW Jester Park Drive, Lakeview Main Boat Ramp, and the Neal Smith Trail from Prairie Flower Campground to Saylorville Lake Marina. These closures will remain in effect until lake levels recede, and the areas can be cleaned and safely reopened.

The Lakeview High Water Boat Ramp and Cherry Glen Upper boat ramps remain open at this time however visitors should be mindful of limited parking availability and potential hazards, including submerged structures and floating debris in the lake. Boaters should exercise extreme caution, as debris may not always be visible and could pose risks beneath the water’s surface. Additionally, all boaters are strongly advised to wear life jackets at all times, reduce speed, refrain from boating after dark, and comply with all buoy markings for safe navigation.

For updated lake levels and forecasts, as well as recreation area information at Saylorville Lake visit: https://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Saylorville-Lake/ or follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SaylorvilleLake/.

For further questions, contact the Saylorville Lake Administration Office at 515-276-4656.

Operations Manager
515-276-4656 x6504

Release no. 24-039