Saylorville Lake’s water level continues to rise. Current projected forecast will result in additional area closures.
The areas currently closed include Lakeview Main, Cherry Glen Lower, Sandpiper and Highway 210 boat ramps; Oak Grove and Sandpiper Beaches; Corydon Drive Access; Cottonwood Recreation Area picnic shelter #9, Bob Shetler Recreation Area Picnic Shelter loop (reservable picnic area); and the Neal Smith Trail from Prairie Flower Campground North to the Marina.
Lakeview High Water and Cherry Glen High Water Boat Ramps will remain open, however Cherry Glen Boat Ramp is projected to close for the Fourth of July holiday. Parking for both boats and cars is very limited in these areas. It is highly encouraged to carpool with others in your party. Once parking fills to capacity the ramps will be closed to all traffic. Boaters can expect long wait times to launch during peak hours.
Park Rangers advise boaters to be extremely cautious while on the water. There is a tremendous amount of debris floating in the water making boating conditions hazardous. Not all debris is visible; many pieces lie just under the surface of the water, including submerged facilities. Extreme caution should be taken if persons operate their vessels on the lake. It is advised to reduce travel speed, avoid boating after dark, and have multiple people spotting for debris. All vessel occupants should wear their PFD’s (life jackets) at all times.
With current lake level and outflow forecasts, additional closures may occur in recreation areas and along sections of the Neal Smith Trail. These area closures may include parts of Cottonwood Recreation Area. Trail closures may include Sycamore Access north to the Saylorville Dam, the Saylorville Lake Visitor Center north to Cherry Glen Campground and access points on NW 90th Ave at Red Feather Prairie. Please obey all barricades, fencing, gates and closure signs as they are placed for public and facility safety.
Visitors may receive current lake information, including lake levels, outflows and area closures by calling 515-276-0433. For current boat ramp availability, call 515-509-2015 30#.
The Saylorville Lake website and Facebook page will be updated frequently with area closures. Lake level information and predictions can be accessed at www.rivergages.com. Saylorville Lake is in the Rock Island District, Des Moines River Basin.