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Things to do: Wildlife watching


Date: 1/15/2017 5:33:00 AM

The closest locations for Marshall County folks will be Des Moines (Feb. 10-11) or Saylorville Lake at the Jester Park Lodge on Feb. 26. However as my sightings have already indicated, you can find and observe eagles locally without a lot of road travel

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Zaun: Branstad speech outlined great ideas for legislative session

Des Moines Register

Date: 1/12/2017 1:43:00 PM

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 Statehouse at 281-3371

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Stay active during Des Moines' cold winter months

Des Moines Register

Date: 1/3/2017 8:01:00 AM

Jester Park (11407 NW Jester Park Drive, Granger) offers five miles of groomed trails that wind through the woods and near Saylorville Lake. Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt (8700 NE 126th St., Maxwell) features a flat trail that winds through the woodlands

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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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• 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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