Cherry Glen Campground and Camping

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About the Campground

Cherry Glen Campground is located on the 26,000 acre Saylorville Lake project, which stretches for over 50 miles up the Des Moines River Valley. Cherry Glen, our oldest and most popular campground, has 125 sites nestled together on a compact 13-acre wooded ridge. Visiting with family and friends while relaxing in the shade of one of the campground's many trees is a popular pastime. For the more adventuresome, the adjacent boatramp makes it easy to go from camping to boating on the 6000 acre lake in just minutes. A wide variety of activities and facilities are available within the campground, including interpretive programs, group picnic shelters, playgrounds, baseball diamond and volleyball standards, boat launching, sailing, skiing, wind surfing, and fishing. The 24-mile paved multi-purpose Neal Smith Trail runs from Des Moines to Big Creek State Park, and connects the campground to all recreation areas on the east side of the lake. It is designated as a National Recreation Trail (no motor vehicles allowed) and is used for biking, hiking, jogging, walking, and in-line skating. Nearby activities include a visitor center, nature trail, swimming, frisbee disc golf course, accessible fishing pier, river fishing, and hunting For more information, please visit our website at

Services & Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Pit Restroom
  • Accessible Playground
  • Accessible Restroom
  • Accessible Showers
  • Baseball Field
  • Bike Trail
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilet
  • Garbage Service
  • Gatehouse
  • Grills
  • Group Picnic Shelters
  • Hiking Trail
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Potable Water
  • Recycling Center
  • Reservoir
  • Restroom
  • Sailing
  • Soda Machine
  • Telephone
  • Volleyball
  • Water Skiing
Within 10 Miles
  • Accessible Fishing
  • Biking
  • Equestrian Area
  • Firewood
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Golf
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trails
  • Nature Viewing Area
  • Public Marina
  • Swimming
  • Visitors Center


Peak Season
Apr 01 2010 -
Oct 17 2010
Peak Season
Apr 15 2011 -
Oct 16 2011

Alerts and Important Information Reservations must be made at least 2 days in advance. Equipment such as boats or extra vehicles are allowed, if there is sufficient room to park them on the campsite. Tents may be placed on the grass adjacent to campsite spurs. Camper must be 18 or over to make reservation and must be present during stay. Park reserves the right to cancel reservations.

Campground Contact Information

Open From: Jun 16 2010 to Dec 14 2010
Reservation Phone: 877-444-6777
Campground Reservations: Cherry Glen
Campground Phone: 515-964-8792
Customer Service Phone:888-445-1474
Backcountry Permits Phone: 877-550-6777

Ankeny, IA

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More About Cherry Glen Campground

Cherry Glen is a campground located in Ankeny, Iowa. This is a US Forest Service campground. All reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777.

To find this campground check the map shown above, or enter -93.68 latitude, and -93.68 longitude into your GPS device.

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