PRAIRIE FLOWER RECREATION AREA, IA

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.Iowa'...
Status: Open through Sat Oct 18 2014   Season Dates

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Overview

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.

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GROUP STANDARD AREA ELECTRIC

Mon Jul 14 2014 - Mon Jul 13 2015

Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD ELECTRIC

Mon Jul 14 2014 - Tue Jan 13 2015

Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Note: There are 6 site(s) in this category with different booking windows. Please check site details for more information (Loop, Site)
Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Thu May 01 2014 Sat Oct 18 2014
Peak Fri May 01 2015 Sun Oct 25 2015
Services 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
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 01 2014 -
Oct 18 2014
STANDARD ELECTRIC $18.00-$24.00
GROUP STANDARD AREA ELECTRIC $72.00-$280.00
Peak Season
May 01 2015 -
Oct 25 2015
STANDARD ELECTRIC $18.00-$24.00
GROUP STANDARD AREA ELECTRIC $72.00-$280.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
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
Additional Information