Oak Grove Picnic Area

Oak Grove Picnic Area

The Oak Grove 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 Oak Grove 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


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.


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.


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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Saylorville Lake Administration Office Johnston, IA

How do I make a reservation with Oak Grove Picnic Area?

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

Where is Oak Grove Picnic Area located?

The Oak Grove 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 Oak Grove Picnic Area have tent or RV camping?

Oak Grove 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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