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Saylorville Lake



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 Outflow Will Affect Des Moines River Levels
Saylorville Lake Outflow will Affect Des Moines River Levels The water level at Saylorville Lake has
Published: 11/28/2018
The Annual Saylorville Lake Halloween Prowl
Halloween ProwlSaylorville Lake Visitor Center Saturday, October 273:00 – 5:00 p.m. –
Published: 10/17/2018
Saylorville Lake Water on the Rise
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#.
Published: 9/7/2018