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General Category => Iowa Events / Meets => Iowa Lakes / Rivers => Topic started by: dorelse on September 02, 2011, 02:53:36 PM

Title: Saylorville Lake
Post by: dorelse on September 02, 2011, 02:53:36 PM
Saylorville Lake, Des Moines:

    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.

For more information:

http://www2.mvr.usace.army.mil/Saylorville/index.cfm (http://www2.mvr.usace.army.mil/Saylorville/index.cfm)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saylorville_Lake (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saylorville_Lake)

Title: Re: Saylorville Lake
Post by: dorelse on September 02, 2011, 03:09:49 PM
Saylorville is an extremely busy lake on holiday weekends, and throughout most of the summer.  Its close proximity to Des Moines means that this lake sees a lot of boat traffic.

Boating North of Mile Long Bridge is not advised as it becomes very shallow when the lake is at normal pool levels.  

My family and I find this lake to be too busy, too rough, and generally the facilities (bathrooms, beaches, etc) are not at the same level as Lake Red Rock or Lake Rathbun, (the other Army Corps of Engineers managed reservoir's).

We haven't been on it in 2-3 years, preferring to drive to lakes away from Des Moines for a little more elbow room.