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Three Saylorville Lake recreation areas to be closed in 2023 for upgrades
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, announces the Prairie Flower and Cherry Glen campgrounds and the Cherry Glen picnic area at Saylorville Lake will be closed throughout the 2023...
Shoreline repairs and decades of debris to be removed at Saylorville Dam
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, will be performing daily flow reductions at Saylorville Lake Dam starting the week of July 18 to facilitate the removal of more than 40 years of...
Saylorville Lake Recreation Areas to remain open this fall
Due to a schedule adjustment, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, is keeping several campgrounds and day use recreation areas at Saylorville Lake open for the remainder of the...

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!