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Portions of Neal Smith Trail to temporarily close for repairs at Saylorville Lake
Beginning Tuesday, June 8, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, will temporarily close portions of the Neal Smith Trail on the east side of Saylorville Lake to replace broken...
Army Corps of Engineers promotes water safety this summer season
Warmer weather is almost here and that means millions of Americans will be planning visits to our nation’s lakes and rivers. As the steward of many of these public waters, the U.S. Army Corps of...
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...

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!