Bob Shetler Picnic Area

Bob Shetler Picnic Area

The Bob Shetler Picnic Area location is in Johnston, Iowa
50131. This page provides detailed contact information for this campground location including the campground phone number, office hours, reservation information and driving directions.

If you have any questions about the Bob Shetler Picnic Area facility, or if you need to reserve a campsite, then call the campground listed below.

Saylorville Lake Administration Office
5600 Nw 78Th Ave

Phone number


Campground information Johnston, Iowa


Bob Shetler Picnic Area is a day-use facility located in the tailwater area below Saylorville Dam, and is a popular destination for shoreline fishermen.

The 26,000-acre Saylorville Lake Project 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.


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.


The day-use area offers two large group picnic areas with water and electric hookups. Amenities include flush toilets, a volleyball court, playground and hiking trails.

Natural Features

Large shade trees dot the open grassy land around the picnic area, which offers pleasant views of the Des Moines River.

Wildlife is abundant throughout the project. White-tailed deer, turkeys, pheasants, waterfowl, and other small game animals roam the lands around the lake.

Frequently Asked Questions About Saylorville Lake Administration Office Johnston, IA

How do I make a reservation with Bob Shetler Picnic Area?

To make reservations at Bob Shetler Picnic Area, you can call the office at 515-276-4656.

Where is Bob Shetler Picnic Area located?

The Bob Shetler Picnic Area is located at Saylorville Lake Administration Office 5600 Nw 78Th Ave in Johnston,
. This is the location you will need to go to for camping and information.

Does Bob Shetler Picnic Area have tent or RV camping?

Bob Shetler Picnic Area offers both tent and RV camping, but to confirm you will need to call the office at 515-276-4656 to make sure things haven’t changed.

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