Saylorville Lake continues to open recreation areas after high water

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Saylorville Lake continues to re-open areas after water level crests. PHOTO BY ALLISON ULLMANN/THE PERRY CHIEF

Saylorville Lake water levels continue to recede and recreation areas reopen after debris removal and facility inspections. On Friday, July 20, Bob Shetler Campground and Cherry Glen High Water Boat Ramp will re-open. Many other areas remain closed for public and facility safety so please obey all signs, fencing and barricades.

Lakeview High Water and Cherry Glen High Water Ramp parking for both boats and cars will be limited. Boaters may have to wait to launch during peak times. Once parking has filled to capacity the ramps will be closed to boats and single vehicles.

As a reminder, 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 Saylorville Lake is in the Rock Island District, Des Moines River Basin.