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Saylorville lake

5600 NW 78th Ave, Johnston, IA 50131-1941
+1 515-276-0433
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Glamping at Cherry Glen

Great fall colors this week! Absolutely love it here. We live locally but wanted to get the camper... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2017
Rpod-lady
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Ankeny, Iowa
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Great family place!

This is one of the best Iowa lakes by a dam site! Very family friendly with many parks, boating... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2017
init4keeps
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Des Moines, Iowa
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  • Excellent61%
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  • Average8%
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“big creek” (4 reviews)
“water flow” (2 reviews)
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5600 NW 78th Ave, Johnston, IA 50131-1941
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Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

Great fall colors this week! Absolutely love it here. We live locally but wanted to get the camper out and enjoy the beautiful weather. Super quiet and relaxing here.

Thank Rpod-lady
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Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

This is one of the best Iowa lakes by a dam site! Very family friendly with many parks, boating, fishing, picnic and camping areas around! See pics. Kids loved it! Marcydiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screaming kids. FREE!

Thank init4keeps
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Reviewed 25 August 2017

The lake area offers camping with improved or primitive facilities. Great marina with food and music. There are several ramps one of which is steep (check your brakes). Lake his large and long and has some hidden coves (careful with the children when approaching a...More

Thank Randy K
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Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Beautiful campgrounds easy to park RVs spacious clean . fishing boating swimming within driving distance numerous campsites .we are back every year and love it

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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

If you like to be around lake recreation, the Saylorville area is a great place to enjoy the great outdoors. Boating, fishing, swimming, hiking & bicycle riding can all be enjoyed around this lake area. Great food at the marina bar & grill too!

Thank jmw0313
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Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

Cherry glen was a great spot to camp. Clean restrooms and showers. Quick drive to swimming area. Hiking trials and bike paths are in good shape.

Thank Joe K
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Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Good and peaceful environment. Lots of wildlife. The damn water flow was amazing! There was a pretty quiet area with people fishing and just very nice.

Thank Micheal Colette R
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

If you live in and around the Des Moines metro area and feel your only lake is Saylorville you are missing out. Saylorville is a long skinny shallow lake. That means you can't boat too close to the sides or you kill a prop. It...More

Thank SandraV2222
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

Saylorville Lake is great for tubing on weekdays but is busy on the weekend. What is less busy but has some of the best sites is the Neal Smith Trail that begins in Des Moines and goes north along Saylorville, by the visitor center, by...More

Thank David C
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

I love to ride my bike on the trail that runs along this big lake. There are lots of big boats on the lake. I stop at the bar/cafe that floats on a barge in the marina area. The lake is managed by US Army...More

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TiffanyBD
13 September 2017|
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Response from David C | Reviewed this property |
Cherry Glenn is open until about October 14th....great camping weather these days.
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Teri S
12 June 2017|
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Response from David C | Reviewed this property |
You can rent a kayak, fishing boat, and pontoon at Big Creek which is VERY close to Saylorville...located outside of Polk City. In fact Big Creek is alongside of Saylorville!
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