Saylorville Lake - COE/Bob Shetler Rec Area

5600 NW 78th Ave
Johnston, IA 50131
(515) 276-0873

Open May 01 - Oct 17
Last Year's Rate
$20 to $22
Card(s) Accepted
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Type (Public Corps)
Partial Handicap Access


Pets Welcome
Day Max Stay (14)
Tent Camping Allowed


Spaces Available (67)
Width (25)
Max Length (55)
Gravel Sites (67)
30 Amp
50 Amp
Electric (67)
Max Amps (50)
Pull-thrus (6)
Pull-thru Size (25 x 55)
Back-ins (20 x 40)
Site Length (55)
Fire Rings

Other Amenities & Services

Restroom and Showers

Recreational Facilities

Body Of Water (Des Moines River)

Recreation Nearby (within 10 miles)

Mountain Biking

Hunting Nearby (within 20 miles)

Season: Winter,Fall

On-Site Rentals

Customer Reviews

Saylorville Lake - COE/Bob Shetler Rec Area
Avg Rating 4.5out of 5 stars 4.5 out of 5 stars  (2) Reviews
4.5 out of 5 stars   Avg Facility Rating
interior roads, sites, registration area, hookups, recreation, swimming, security, laundry, store and building maintenance...
4 out of 5 stars   Avg Restroom Rating
cleanliness and physical characteristics of restrooms, including interior construction, adequate supplies/odor free, adequate number of facilities, exterior appearance and location in relation to park spaces, and interior appearance.
4.5 out of 5 stars   Avg Appeal Rating
the park's setting and site layout, function and identification of signage, overall exterior building maintenance, noise, trash disposal, litter and debris around the grounds and sites, and appearance of grounds, sites and entrance area.

Dan M

Reviews: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0
Good Sam Member

Date of Stay: September, 2022
5 out of 5 stars   Overall Rating
5 out of 5 stars   Facility Rating
4 out of 5 stars   Restroom Rating
5 out of 5 stars   Appeal Rating
Very easy layout to navigate and park. Sites are decently sized and spaced and the campground is very nice looking and clean. Restrooms are decent and the dump/water station at the end is fairly convenient. Only real downside to the location is you have to leave your site, loop out of and back into the campground to get to the dump/water station, and then loop out and back in again to get back to your site. But since the loop isn't very big it's really a fairly minor thing to complain about. Most of the sites are pretty open so if you have Starlink or satellite TV/internet you should have a clear, unobstructed view of the sky (my Starlink RV dish had 0% obstruction and constant signal.) The electric boxes are at or near the rear of the gravel pads making for easy hookups and the tables and fire pits are to the passenger side so they should be out the door of most RVs and campers. Overall a well laid out, well maintained campground and for $20/night an amazing value.
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Good Sam Member

Date of Stay: July, 2015
4 out of 5 stars   Overall Rating
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4 out of 5 stars   Appeal Rating
Nice campground by the COE below Saylorville Lake Dam. Seems fishing right below the spillway is a popular activity. Access to the Neil Smith Trail (running and Biking) is on the east edge of the campground. Note: The Neil Smith Trail runs north from the campground about 20 miles and south on into Des Moines where it connects to numerous trails around the area.
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