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Eagle Viewing Tour This Weekend at Saylorville Lake in Iowa

U.S. News & World Report

Date: 2/17/2018 5:41:00 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Four locations around Saylorville Lake in central Iowa will be open this weekend for bald eagle viewing. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the locations include the Saylorville Lake Visitor Center, Cottonwood Recreation Area

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Looming government shutdown could halt some Iowans' paychecks

KCCI Des Moines

Date: 1/19/2018 2:16:00 PM

The Iowa National Guard and Saylorville Lake felt the impact of a government shutdown in 2013. Barricades went up at the lake, boat ramps closed and the dam road closed for 16 days. “We never get too much of a warning, so we have to be prepared

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Zaun: Legislature will focus on mental health, Medicaid this session

Des Moines Register

Date: 1/11/2018 4:06:00 PM

STATE SEN. BRAD ZAUN, R-Urbandale, represents District 20 in the Iowa Senate, which includes Johnston, parts of Urbandale and Grimes and areas of northern Polk County to Saylorville Lake. He can be reached at brad.zaun@legis.iowa.gov or at the

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Saylorville Lake

The Weather Channel

Date: 12/9/2017 5:40:00 PM

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FLASHBACK to the FIRST Global Fat-Bike Day 2012!

fat-bike.com

Date: 12/1/2017 5:24:00 PM

Walt from San Diego, CA joined in the fun and sent in a couple of pix. Dan took a ride along the southwest edge of Saylorville Lake in Des Moines,IA, heading northwest along the river up to the High Trestle Trail Bridge, then east to Madrid, IA with

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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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