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Clean up water by engaging Iowans in agriculture


Date: 11/25/2016 9:37:00 AM

In 2014, the Polk County Natural Resource Conservation Office designed Iowa’s first Watershed Mitigation Farm — a specially designed operation to capture the surface runoff and high-nitrate water that used to run directly from tiled farm fields into

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Saylorville Lake Marina


Date: 11/22/2016 4:00:00 PM

In this time of gratitude, we give thanks for you. We value your patronage and appreciate your confidence in us. Counting you among our marina members is something for which we are especially grateful. On behalf of all of us at Saylorville, We wish you a

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Saylorville Lake - Prairie Flower Campgrounds


Date: 11/4/2016 9:55:57 AM

Tara Taylor — 5 starThis is so far the best place I've stayed the weekend. We stayed at dog bane. We have stayed at many different county parks and after staying here this weekend we will probably make the extra long drive up here every weekend instead

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Saylorville Lake Marina


Date: 10/31/2016 9:26:35 AM

Saylorville Lake Marina is located at the address 6170 Nw Polk City Dr in Polk City, Iowa 50226. They can be contacted via phone at (515) 984-6541 for pricing, hours and directions. Saylorville Lake Marina specializes in Woodwork, Mobile Homes, Power Boats

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Saylorville Lake


Date: 10/18/2016 9:49:00 PM

Joann Hedegard — 5 starIt's so peaceful and we are next to a playground And bathroom and we walked down to the spillway and the guys went fishing and we grilled out of course and played games and had

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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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