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About Oak Grove Picnic Area
Oak Grove Picnic 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: Oak Grove lies among a heavily wooded forest of stately oak trees on the east side of the lake. A large beach is within walking distance. 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 offers two group picnic shelters with electric and water hookups. Amenities include flush toilets, a playground, volleyball court and hiking trails.
Sites
125
Access
Drive In, Boat In
Operator
US Army Corps of Engineers
Features
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ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
Water Hookups
WiFi
Location
Oak Grove Picnic Area is located in Iowa
Latitude
41.739 N
Longitude
-93.685 W
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Directions
Physical Address: 4801 NW 98th Ave, Polk City, IA 50226 From Ankeny, travel 3.4 miles west on 1st Street. Turn right onto HWY 415 for 0.9 miles, then left onto NW 44th street, which turns slightly right and becomes NW 98th Ave. Picnic area is on the right.
9 Reviews of Oak Grove Picnic Area
Relaxing in the beauty that is Iowa

Went in without a reservation. No problem. Pleasantly surprised to find out it's an Army Corps of Engineers park; meaning if you have a annual National Parks pass, you get a discount. Didn't know that. We paid $11 for a tent site. Lots of RV sites around. The whole area around Saylorville Lake has camping. Lush green plots of land everywhere. I forget how pretty it is in the Midwest when I'm gone for so long. Quiet, relaxing place. Friendly staff. We took a long walk through the campground and others nearby. Boating and swimming in the lake.

July 2018: Peaceful

Nice campground with 30/50 amp electric, no water or service but bathrooms are clean and many. The staff are very friendly and willing to offer info. The local trail is paved and bike/walker/stroller friendly but due to recent flooding at the lake, it was also cut short until clean up could resume. Lots of treea and small wIldlIfe, would stay there again.

Cozy and plenty of shade! Next to Boat Launch!

It’s hard to get a reservation!

Nice. Lots of trees

Lots of trees. Playgrounds. Near lake.

Lots of trees

Lots of trees so plenty of shade. Nice playground areas .

poor place to stay

the sites are great. the noise level is unbearable. dogs bark all night and day. no water or sewer electrical only

Cherry Glen is clean with plenty of sites

Cherry Glen is very clean and well managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. It is one of the main campgrounds that service Saylorville Lake. I highly suggest visiting during the week because on the weekends the local boaters invade.

I would suggest looking for camp sites on the back side of the western loops because they have views of the lake. I would look at sites 111-116 and 72-78. These last six are also very close to a shower house.

The shower houses and bathrooms are clean and well maintained. This is a great place to consider camping if you are spending anytime at Saylorville Lake.

Great experience.

We stopped for a quick overnight while heading up north and were very happy with things. -Friendly staff -Clean bathroom & shower facilities -Campsites weren't overcrowded -Many activities located nearby

First to Review
So clean

This site was really clean and it seems that its not used much. There is only 5 campsites that are grouped pretty close together each with a table and fire ring. There is only one restroom with warm showers. For firewood there is no hassle of buying it. It is scattered all over the floor. There is more firewood here than any other campsite I've been to. There is electric hookups here and is perfect for R.Vs. The neighbors were really nice and a RV camper invited me to his campfire.