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PRAIRIE FLOWER RECREATION AREA, IA

part ofSaylorville Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Photo: PRAIRIE FLOWER RECREATION AREA
Status: Open through Sat Oct 18 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

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, hiking and hunting.

Natural Features:

Iowa's prairie heritage is celebrated in more than 40 acres of prairie plantings throughout the campground. The wide variety of grass and flowers provides vivid colors from mid-summer to fall.

Wildlife is abundant throughout the project. White-tailed deer, turkeys, pheasants, waterfowl and other small game animals roam the lands around the lake.

Recreation:

Visitors enjoy Saylorville Lake for its excellent boating, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing and swimming opportunities. Anglers will find walleye, wiper, largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and northern pike.

The paved Neal Smith Trail winds 24 miles from Des Moines to Big Creek State Park and connects the campgrounds on the east side of the lake. It is designated as a National Recreation Trail and is used for biking, hiking, jogging, walking and in-line skating.

Facilities:

Prairie Flower is a large, open campground covering more than 60 acres. It offers 153 family sites and 10 group sites, all with electric hookups. Many of the family sites in the south end offer a pleasant view of the 6000-acre lake. The north end is made up of mostly group sites in a circle-the-wagon design.

Amenities include flush toilets, showers, drinking water and a dump station. The campground also provides educational programs, group shelters, playgrounds and a swimming beach.

Nearby amenities include a visitor center, hiking trail, baseball fields, volleyball courts and a disc golf course. Boat ramps and a fishing dock are also close by.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Showers
  • Biking
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Entrance Station
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Lake Access
  • Marina
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Recycling
  • Swimming
  • Trash Collection
  • Vending Machines
  • Volleyball Courts
Within 10 Miles
  • Baseball Fields
  • Bike Rentals
  • Boat Ramp
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Disc Golf
  • Firewood
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing Pier
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Sailing
  • Visitor Center
  • Water Skiing
Know Before You Go
  • Click here for more information
  • Click here for a virtual tour of the Saylorville Lake area.


Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
41.74833, -93.6875
41°44'54"N, 93°41'15"W

From I-35, take exit 90 to Ankeny/Oralabor Road and go west for 4.8 miles. The road turns into Highway 415, continue and follow signs to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PRAIRIE FLOWER RECREATION AREA
5600 NW 78TH AVE
JOHNSTON  IA  50131-1941

Phone Number:

Information:  (515)984-6925
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