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BOB SHETLER RECREATION AREA, IA

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Bob Shetler Recreation Area is located in the tailwater area below 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.Large...

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Overview

Bob Shetler Recreation Area is located in the tailwater area below 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:

Large shade trees dot the open grassy areas of the campground, which offers excellent views of the Des Moines River. Most campsites are within easy walking distance of the shore.

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:

The campground offers 67 family sites, all with electric hookups. Amenities include flush and pit toilets, showers, drinking water and a dump station. The campground also provides educational programs, group shelters and playgrounds.

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

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Showers
  • Biking
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Entrance Station
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Recycling
  • Trash Collection
  • Vending Machines
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Baseball Fields
  • Boat Ramp
  • Disc Golf
  • Firewood
  • Golf
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Marina
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Visitor Center
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Water Skiing
Know Before You Go
  • Gate is closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Click here for more information
  • Click here for a virtual tour of the Saylorville Lake area.


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Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BOB SHETLER RECREATION AREA
5600 NW 78TH AVE
JOHNSTON  IA  50131-1941

Phone Number:

Information:  (515)276-0873