SANDPIPER RECREATION AREA, IA

Sandpiper Recreation Area is a day-use facility located on the 26,000-acre Saylorville Lake Project, which stretches over 50 miles up the Des Moines River Valley. The lake provides a wide variety of recreational activities, including boating, swimming, fishing, hiking and hunting.Sandpiper...
Status: Open through Tue Sep 30 2014   Season Dates

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  • No amplified sound system without permit
  • If shelters are not reserved, they are available free of charge on a first come, first served basis
  • Reservations include parking, baseball field and sand volleyball court (ball not provided); playgrounds and restrooms near shelters are open to the public
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SANDPIPER RECREATION AREA GROUP PICNIC AREA 500 20
Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Overview

Overview

Sandpiper Recreation Area is a day-use facility located on the 26,000-acre Saylorville Lake Project, which stretches over 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:

Sandpiper is situated in a broad, open area on the northeast side of the lake. Dense timber stands surround the recreation area, but shade is limited within the site.

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 come to Saylorville Lake for its great boating, sailing, water skiing, windsurfing and swimming opportunities. Anglers fish for 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:

This day-use area contains one large group picnic shelter that can accommodate up to 500 people. Amenities include water and electric hookups, flush toilets, a playground, large beach, boat ramp and access to hiking and biking trails. A marina is nearby.

Booking Window
Tue Jul 29 2014 - Sat Jul 25 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Thu May 01 2014 Tue Sep 30 2014
Peak Fri May 01 2015 Wed Sep 30 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Playground
  • Baseball Fields
  • Biking
  • Electric Hookups
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Pay Phone
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Boat Ramp
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 -
Sep 30 2014
GROUP PICNIC AREA $110.00
Peak Season
May 01 2015 -
Sep 30 2015
GROUP PICNIC AREA $110.00

*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):
41.75361, -93.70972
41°45'13"N, 93°42'35"W

Physical Address: 7101 NW Polk City Drive Polk City, IA 50226

From I-35, take Exit 92 and go east on First Street approximately 5 miles to HWY 415. Turn right (north) and travel approximately 3 miles to recreation area on the right.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

SANDPIPER RECREATION AREA
5600 NW 78th Avenue
Johnston  IA  50131

Phone Number:

Project Office: (515)276-4656
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