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Four Seasons Festival Turns 10 This Weekend in Polk City


Date: 7/14/2017 4:03:00 PM

Polk City has always been a kind of secret city, tucked up alongside Saylorville Lake and surrounded by Army Corps of Engineers land. “People think it’s difficult to get here, but it’s not, you’re 20 minutes away from anything here,” said Calhoun

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Postpartum depression claimed Molly Roth. Her husband hopes to save others

Des Moines Register

Date: 7/14/2017 12:28:00 PM

Many of us learned of it after Heidi Anfinson’s two-week old son vanished in 1998 and turned up under a pile of rocks in Saylorville Lake. Anfinson spent 12 years in prison for killing him before a parole release in 2012. She said she left him

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Top 10 Iowa Airbnb Vacation Rentals: Live A Life Of Tranquil Luxury


Date: 7/10/2017 2:18:00 AM

It is tucked behind a long row of cedars and nestled deep in the woods. Just north of Des Moines, the cottage is adjacent to Saylorville Lake which includes bike trails, beaches, and a marina. The neighbors include eagles, pelicans, osprey, geese

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Supreme Court ruling impacts drunken boating arrests

Radio Iowa

Date: 7/3/2017 9:40:00 AM

The case involved Dale Dean Pettijohn Junior, who was stopped on Saylorville Lake in 2013 after a conservation officer noticed a woman sitting at the back of his pontoon boat in what he deemed to be a dangerous position. Pettijohn signed a consent form and

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New Law Gives Iowa Boaters More Rights


Date: 7/2/2017 2:40:00 PM

Saylorville Lake-goer Emilio Burgos agrees with the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision. "The $500, let the court decide it. I don’t think you should have to pay that if you still have to pay money to the court system," he said. But not everyone agrees

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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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