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Saylorville Dam

The Saylorville Dam operates in conjunction with Lake Red Rock to minimize downstream flooding on the Des Moines River, and eventually the Mississippi River . Since 1977, operation of Saylorville Reservoir has resulted in an estimated flood damage savings of $174 million to the city of Des Moines and areas below the reservoir. In addition, the summer and winter recreational, interpretive, and conservation activities at Saylorville Lake have brought much more than just a monetary value to the area and its visitors.