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part ofSaylorville Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Sat Oct 17 2015   Season Dates


Cherry Glen Campground 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:

Cherry Glen, the oldest and most popular campground on the lake, is nestled on a compact 13-acre wooded ridge.

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


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.


This large campground offers 125 family sites, all with electric hookups. Amenities include flush and pit toilets, showers, drinking water and a dump station.

Educational programs, group shelters, playgrounds, a baseball diamond, volleyball courts and a boat ramp all provide additional recreation opportunities for guests.

Nearby amenities include a visitor center, hiking trail and a disc golf course.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Pit Toilets
  • Accessible Playground
  • Accessible Showers
  • Biking
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Educational Programs
  • Electric Hookups
  • Entrance Station
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Recycling
  • Sailing
  • Trash Collection
  • Vending Machines
  • Water Skiing
  • Waterfront Sites
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Disc Golf
  • Firewood
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Golf
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Marina
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Visitor Center
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Click here for more information
  • Click here for a virtual tour of the Saylorville Lake area.

  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
41.73139, -93.68
41°43'53"N, 93°40'48"W

From I-35, take exit 90 to Ankeny Industrial Parkway. Continue onto Highway 160 west for 4.8 miles. The road turns into Highway 415. Continue for another 4 miles and follow signs into the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

5600 NW 78TH AVE

Phone Number:

Information:  (515)964-8792
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