• Acorn Valley Youth Camping Area

    Johnston, Iowa - Nestled in the upland timber of Acorn Valley Campground at Saylorville Lake sets the perfect outdoor adventure opportunity for youth. The site provides a remote setting for organized youth groups looking for an opportunity to tent camp without the impact of neighbors and experience a degree of primitive camping.
  • Junior Ranger Day Camp

    Johnston, Iowa - Calling all future 4th and 5th graders! Saylorville Lake is holding a nature camp for you. Explore and discover while making friends and having fun learning basic nature safety, history, and environmental stewardship skills.
  • Corps Promotes Emerald Ash Borer Awareness for Memorial Day Weekend

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, will be wrapping ash trees at recreation areas including Saylorville Lake, Lake Red Rock, Coralville Lake and the Mississippi River Project to bring awareness of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) to visitors during the Memorial Day weekend. Each ash tree wrapped will show the detrimental effects the EAB could have on recreation areas in the Rock Island District if infestations are allowed to spread.
  • Saylorville Lake “No Motorized Vessel Zone”

    Johnston, Iowa - There is a new boating policy on Saylorville Lake for 2015. This policy is for a seasonal; “No Motorized Vessel Zone” north of the Mile Long Bridge, in the very shallow upper reaches of the reservoir, locally identified as the “mud flats” from April 1st to August 31st during periods of near normal conservation pools (below 840’ NGVD).
  • Saylorville Lake Earth Day Celebration

    Johnston, Iowa - Saturday, April 18, 2015 11am – 3pm Saylorville Lake Visitor Center FREE Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Saylorville Lake. Help clean up the environment and preserve the natural beauty at Saylorville Lake. Volunteers can meet a Park Ranger at the Visitor Center where they will provide gloves, trash bags and get you started on your project.
  • Big Creek Lake Gate Replacement Project

    Johnston, Iowa - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that Jenson Construction Company plans to begin mobilizing construction equipment & material at the Big Creek Diversion Dam in the next 2-3 weeks. During various stages of mobilization and construction, access into Big Creek State Park from Broadway (Old Hwy 415) and across the dam will be limited to one lane with traffic controls. The Neal Smith Trail will be open, but will merge with the one lane traffic across the dam.
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shares water safety tips for Labor Day holiday

    (ROCK ISLAND, Ill.) — It’s almost time to say goodbye to summer. If you’ll be spending the weekend on or around the water this Labor Day, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urges you to remember these safety tips.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers returns to full operations

    ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (Oct. 17) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, has returned to full operations today following the passing of the continuing resolution by Congress.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers preparing for possible government shutdown

    ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (Sept. 30) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, is preparing for a potential federal government shutdown due to lack of funding. If unfunded on Oct. 1, shutdown of all activities other than excepted activities will occur. Excepted activities will be minimally staffed to protect against imminent threats to life and property or to continue support to maintain national security.
  • Saylorville and Red Rock reservoirs avert more than $11 million in flood damages

    ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – (June 19) During the recent heavy rainfall events in the Des Moines River basin, Saylorville Lake’s and Lake Red Rock’s outflows were regulated to help reduce river levels and minimize flooding from Des Moines, Iowa, to Hannibal, Mo., on the Mississippi River. The operation of the Lakes prevented more than $11 million in additional flood damages to downstream areas.