Des Moines

Just north of Des Moines, Iowa holds the Saylorville Lake Project, which was initially constructed to control future floods. In addition, it is a fantastic getaway in Iowa and offers many fun activities for the whole family. Here is a guide outlining some of the different things you can do on Saylorville Lake near Des Moines:

Boating
Saylorville Lake is a great lake for boating, and this includes many different kinds of boating: sailing, powerboats, waterskiing, etc. There are several boat ramps including the Cherry Glen, the Lakeview, the Sandpiper, the Saylorville Marina, the Lincoln Access and the Jester Park boat ramps.

Fishing
Saylorville Lake is home to many fish including bass, walleye, catfish, bluegill, crappie and more. You can choose to fish off the shore, take your own boat (or rental) out, or take a fishing charter out with a professional fisherman. Best off all, the fishing is open year round! For more information on fishing at different times of the year at Saylorville Lake go here:
http://www2.mvr.usace.army.mil/Saylorville/Fishing.cfm

Swimming
The lake is also a fun place to enjoy swimming with you and your family. Hop in the water to cool off or simply enjoy the area! There are several options to swim in on Saylorville Lake including Sandpiper and Oak Grove.

Camping
It is also quite popular to camp along Saylorville Lake and enjoy the scenery. Check out the Acorn Valley, the Bob Shetler, the Cherry Glen, or the Prairie Flower campground. All of these have drinking water, flush toilets and lovely views of the area. To make a reservation call 877-444-6777.

Hunting
Another popular activity around Saylorville Lake is to go hunting.
The area is home to deer, geese and more. Be sure to adhere to rules as to where you can hunt at the following link:
http://www2.mvr.usace.army.mil/Saylorville/Hunting.cfm

Disc Golf
Many people enjoy disc golf in the Saylorville Lake Project area as well. The Walnut Ridge Disc Golf Course is fun and makes for a fantastic day:
http://www.dsmdiscgolf.org

Hiking and Biking
The area also boasts many fantastic trails that make for beautiful walks and bike rides. In total there are twenty-four miles of paved paths, which are also quite popular among rollerbladers as well. Learn more at the following website:
www.americantrails.org

As you can see, there are many fun ways that you can enjoy Saylorville Lake from Des Moines, Iowa. Have fun on the lake!