Saylorville Lake re-opens areas after water level crests
Saylorville Lake water levels have crested and continue to recede. The US Army Corps of Engineers has opened the following areas: the Saylorville Lake Dam Road, Bob Shetler Recreation Area, NW 78th Ave through the spillway, Lakeview High Water Boat Ramp, Cottonwood Recreation Area and the Neal Smith Trail from the Dam to Sycamore Access.
Areas that remain closed due to high water include: Bob Shetler Picnic Area, Bob Shetler Campground, Cherry Glen Boat Ramp, Lakeview Main Boat Ramp, Sandpiper Beach and Boat Ramp, Oak Grove Beach, Gate Tower Road, Corydon Drive and NW Jester Park Drive. Several sections of the Neal Smith Trail are closed: Red Feather Prairie to Cherry Glen and Prairie Flower Campground to the Saylorville Marina.
While visiting the lake and outlet channel, please use extreme caution. Do not climb on rocks, fencing, barricades, or signage as they are placed for your safety. Water in this area rises suddenly, is very turbulent and could cause injury.
Boating and swimming conditions may be hazardous on Saylorville Lake due to submerged facilities and floating debris. Extreme caution should be taken if persons operate their vessels on the lake. Floating debris and large trees are present in the lake and may be just under the surface. Due to the added concerns with debris and obstructions vessel occupants should WEAR their PFDs or life jackets at all times. It is also advised to reduce travel speed, avoid boating after dark and avoid alcohol while on the water.
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.