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Rising Water Levels Affect Boat Ramp, Debris Removal at Saylorville Lake


Date: 6/17/2018 4:02:00 PM

IOWA -- There is currently one less boat ramp available to use at Saylorville Lake. Lake officials say the Cherry Glen lower boat ramp is closed until further notice due to high water levels that are expected to rise. This also caused debris removal

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10 years later: Is Des Moines prepared for more devastation?

KCCI Des Moines

Date: 6/13/2018 4:28:00 PM

Heavy rains sent millions of gallons of water over the emergency spillway at Saylorville Lake and downstream toward the city. All the extra water turned Principal Park into an island, and the city asked downtown residents to evacuate. Now, 10 years later

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From the archive: City, state officials admit downtown Des Moines could flood

The Des Moines Register

Date: 6/12/2018 2:04:00 AM

Areas upstream that feed the Saylorville Lake reservoir faced up to 3 inches, said Ken Podrazik of the weather service. Rain that falls in northern Iowa will take up to three days to reach the swollen reservoir, where officials lowered an emergency

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Fishing opportunities abound in Southwest Iowa


Date: 6/8/2018 6:53:00 AM

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake) Channel Catfish - Good: Flows are still high, but it is making it easy for boat anglers to navigate. Use cut bait and dip baits off the main current and in backed up small tributaries. Don Williams Lake

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Final Dam to Dam Race is Almost Here


Date: 5/26/2018 11:01:00 AM

MLK will not be impacted. Nine thousand runners will start at Saylorville Lake and make their way through rural Polk County, ending in downtown Des Moines. This is the last year for the race, as the organizers says it's hard to maintain with an all

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• River: Des Moines River
• Surface Area: 5,950 Acres
• Length: 54 Miles
Saylorville Lake is a reservoir on the Des Moines River in Iowa. It is located 11 miles upstream from the city of Des Moines, and 214 miles from the mouth of the Des Moines River at the Mississippi River. It was constructed as part of a flood control system for the Des Moines River as well as to aid in controlling flood crests on the Mississippi, of which the Des Moines is a tributary.

At its normal level of 836 feet above sea level, Saylorville Lake covers an area of 5,950 acres or 9.3 square miles and reaches some 17 miles upstream. At full flood stage the lake can reach 16,700 acres or 26.1 square miles and reach 54 miles long. At this point any further flow into the lake is channelled over an emergency spillway to the west of the main dam structure. The record high stage for the reservoir was 892.03 feet above sea level set on July 11, 1993 during the Great Flood of 1993.

Construction of the Saylorville Dam was authorized by Congress in 1958. Excavation began at the site in July 1965, becoming fully operational in September 1977. The dam itself is 6,750 feet long, 105 feet tall, and 44 feet wide at the top.
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