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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 ...

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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.

Activities 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
Know Before You Go
  • 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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Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SANDPIPER RECREATION AREA
5600 NW 78th Avenue
Johnston  IA  50131

Phone Number:

Project Office: (515)276-4656