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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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Date: 10/8/2016 5:00:00 PM

Walnut Ridge Recreation Area is a day-use facility located on the 26,000-acre Saylorville Lake Project, which stretches over 50 miles up the Des Moines River Valley. The lake provides a wide variety of recreational activities, including boating

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Where to find the most stunning fall foliage in Iowa

Des Moines Register

Date: 10/6/2016 9:44:00 PM

Just outside of Des Moines, in Granger, find the 1,675-acre Jester Park sitting alongside Saylorville Lake. The park’s Equestrian Center features trail rides with two guides leading guests on a one-hour walking horse ride Fridays through Sundays

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Grand View University

Careers Inside Higher ED

Date: 9/30/2016 11:53:00 AM

Grand View students can take advantage of terrific recreational opportunities, including several golf courses, Saylorville Lake, and many city parks and state forests. Easily accessible from Interstates 35 and 80, Grand View is 4 hours from Minneapolis

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Date: 9/29/2016 4:27:03 PM

Bob Shetler Picnic Area is a day-use facility located in the tailwater area below Saylorville Dam, and is a popular destination for shoreline fishermen. The 26,000-acre Saylorville Lake Project stretches over 50 miles up the Des Moines River Valley

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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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