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  • Water levels at Saylorville Lake to be temporarily raised for data collection

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, is temporarily raising water levels at Saylorville Lake to 1.8 feet above the normal conservation pool to conduct bathymetric data collection. Due to an extended drought and low inflows to the lake, it could take two to three weeks to reach the target level. The current release from Saylorville Lake is 250 cubic feet per second and there are no plans to reduce the outflow further to reach the required lake level.
  • Work to cause temporary closure of roadway over Saylorville Dam beginning March 11

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, announces the temporary closure of the road across the Saylorville Lake Dam beginning March 11. The closure, which is necessary for preventative maintenance to the Saylorville Lake Dam, is expected to last until March 14 and will be in place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Lakeview High Water Ramp and the Bob Shetler Recreation Area will also be closed during this time, but the Lakeview Main Ramp will remain open. For more information, contact the Saylorville Lake project office at 515-276-4656.
  • Portion of Neal Smith Trail to close for resurfacing at Saylorville Lake

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, announces a portion of the Neal Smith Trail at Saylorville Lake will temporarily close for resurfacing starting March 4th.
  • Weather prompts temporary closures at Saylorville Lake

    Due to forecasted inclement weather, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, will temporarily close the portion of NW 78th Ave. that crosses over Saylorville Lake Dam starting at 8 p.m. tonight. The roadway will be closed from the Iowa National Guard Armory entrance to the Saylorville Lake Visitor Center entrance. All Saylorville Lake recreation areas will also be closed to ensure the safety of staff and visitors. The roadway and recreation areas will reopen when conditions improve, and staff are able to safely clear the areas. For up-to-date information on area closures, follow us on social media at www.facebook.com/SaylorvilleLake, or contact the Saylorville Lake project office at 515-276-4656.
  • Weather to cause temporary closures at Saylorville Lake

    Due to current weather conditions, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, has temporarily closed the portion of NW 78th Ave. that crosses over Saylorville Lake Dam. The roadway is closed from the Iowa National Guard Armory entrance to the Saylorville Lake Visitor Center entrance. All Saylorville Lake recreation areas have also been closed to ensure the safety of staff and visitors.
  • Portion of Prairie Flower Campground roadway to close for resurfacing

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, announces a portion of the road which serves as part of the Neal Smith Trail in Prairie Flower Campground at Saylorville Lake will temporarily close for resurfacing starting Oct. 16. The closure will extend from the Prairie Flower Campground entrance building, north to where the road ends and becomes the northernmost entry point for the trail. The closure is anticipated to last until Nov. 3.
  • Bob Shetler Campground to be Closed for 2024 Recreation Season

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, announces the Bob Shetler Campground at Saylorville Lake will be closed throughout the 2024 recreation season to facilitate upgrades and repairs to water and sewer line systems.
  • Army Corps of Engineers waives day use fees at recreation areas in observance of Army Corps of Engineers Birthday and Juneteenth Celebration

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that it will waive day use fees at more than 2,850 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide in observance of the USACE birthday, June 16, and Juneteenth National Independence Day, June 19. The waiver covers fees for boat launch ramps and swimming beaches at Lake Red Rock, Saylorville Lake, Coralville Lake and USACE-operated areas on the Mississippi River. The waiver does not apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities (group picnic shelters) and events. Other agencies or vendors that manage recreation areas on USACE lands are encouraged, but not required, to offer the waiver in the areas that they manage.
  • Boaters advised to use caution at Saylorville Lake

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, reminds recreational users that floating debris can create hazardous boating and swimming conditions at Saylorville Lake. Seasonal removal of debris is ongoing however complete clearing is impossible and downstream movement is a natural part of reservoir management.
  • Portion of Neal Smith Trail to close for resurfacing at Saylorville Lake

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, announces a portion of the Neal Smith Trail at Saylorville Lake will temporarily close for resurfacing starting April 17. The closure will extend from the Bob Shetler Ponding Area, north to NW 78th Ave, also referred to as the Saylorville Lake Dam Road. The closure is anticipated to last until May 15. All trail users should stay out of marked construction zones and observe posted signs and fencing. For more information, contact the Saylorville Lake Project Office at 515-276-4656.