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Saylorville Lake

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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 and Lake Red Rock Operating Under Newly Updated Water Control Plans
4/29/2019
ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District has updated the Des Moines River Basin Master Regulation Manual and, as a result, now operates Saylorville Lake and Lake...
Saylorville Lake Earth Day Celebration
4/17/2019
17 April 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Saturday, April 20, 201912pm – 4:00 pmSaylorville Lake Visitor CenterFREECelebrate the 49th Anniversary of Earth Day with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at...
Saylorville Lake Dam Road Closed Due to Winter Weather
1/18/2019
January 18, 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Saylorville Lake Dam Road Closed Due to Winter WeatherDue to the forecasted winter weather and potential for hazardous driving conditions, the U.S. Army Corps of...