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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

Corps to resume collection of recreation fees at Saylorville Lake
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, will resume collection of recreational day use fees for boat ramps at Saylorville Lake beginning April 1. Launching fees are $5 per day, per...
Army Corps of Engineers requires face masks at all recreation projects
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reminds all visitors, volunteers and employees that a face mask is required in all USACE buildings and facilities. Masks must also be worn outdoors on USACE-managed...
Outflow gates at Saylorville Lake Dam to close for concrete placement
On Friday, Dec. 18, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District will close the outflow gates at the Saylorville Lake Dam for approximately 48 hours to facilitate concrete placement and...