Recent rains in the Des Moines River watershed are causing water levels at Saylorville Lake to rise. In response, the US Army Corps of Engineers will close the following areas: Cherry Glen Lower Boat Ramp, Oak Grove Beach and Sandpiper Beach, Corydon drive access, Control Tower Parking Lot. These areas will remain closed until lake levels subside and they can be cleaned up and brought back into service. Check Current boat ramp availability by calling 515.509.2015, then 30#.
Lakeview Main, Lakeview High-water, Sandpiper and Cherry Glen Upper Boat Ramps will remain open until flooding requires further closures. Parking for both boats and cars is limited in these areas. Boaters can expect to wait to launch during peak times. Once parking has filled to capacity the ramps will be closed to boats and single vehicles.
Boating conditions may be hazardous on Saylorville Lake due to submerged facilities and floating debris. Not all debris is visible; many pieces lie just under the surface of the water. Extreme caution should be taken if persons operate their vessels on the lake. All vessel occupants should wear their PFD’s (life jackets) at all times.
Visitors may receive current information regarding the status of all recreation areas by calling the lake information number at 515-276-0433 or by tuning into 1610 kHz AM. For current boat ramp availability call 515.509.2015 then 30#. Lake level information and predictions can be accessed at www.rivergages.com. Saylorville Lake is in the Rock Island District, Des Moines River Basin.