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Campers enjoy improved conditions for outdoor activities


Date: 5/28/2017 5:55:00 PM

SAYLORVILLE LAKE - The return of the sun meant the return of campers to hot spots like Saylorville Lake. Many campsites opened for the season on May 1, but some consider this weekend as the first real weekend to do so. If you headed over there, you'd see

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Boaters prepare to contend with elevated water levels for Memorial Day weekend


Date: 5/26/2017 4:41:00 PM

SAYLORVILLE LAKE - Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer, and boating season, but it's also a reminder to Iowans to be safe when they head out. Last year, six people were killed in boating accidents, including three which involved alcohol

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Officials Concerned About Boating Safety During Holiday Weekend


Date: 5/26/2017 5:42:00 AM

SAYLORVILLE LAKE, Iowa — Thousands are expected to spend part of their Memorial Day holiday weekend on Iowa waterways and the recent rains have led to safety warnings for those planning to do so. The Army Corps of Engineers says boaters should watch out

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Date: 5/12/2017 9:01:41 AM

Prairie Flower Recreation Area is located on the 26,000-acre Saylorville Lake Project, which stretches more than 50 miles up the Des Moines River Valley. The lake provides a wide variety of recreational activities, including boating, swimming, fishing

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Sharp skills: Dubuque County native ax-cels at throwing

Telegraph Herald

Date: 5/5/2017 11:13:00 PM

defeated 35 other competitors to earn the title of 2017 women’s ax throwing champion during the Midwest Foresters’ Conclave and Stihl Timbersports Competition at Saylorville Lake. Rauen, who is also the president of the Iowa State University Forestry

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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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