descriptions and directions
Saylorville Reservoir--Jester Park - Polk County
GPS Coordinates: 41.784, -93.772
Description: Jester Park is a part of the general Saylorville Reservoir area and is managed by Polk County. Varied habitats and a wide variety of bird species are found here in all seasons. A blind is available for those who want to see some feeder birds up close. In the fall the American White Pelican migration brings many visitors to the park.
Habitat: Much of the park is mature woodlands high above the Des Moines River. A few planted pine groves can be interesting, especially in winter. The major draw for Iowa birders, however, is the abundant shallow waters and mudflats which serve as a draw for shorebirds and waders. Several of Iowa's accidental species have been recorded here.
Directions: On the west shore of Saylorville Lake in Polk Co. Just southeast of Granger, take Hwy. 17 about two miles north from Hwy. 141 to NW 122nd Ave. Turn right (east) and follow the signs to the park and campground. Or, past the west end of the Mile Long Bridge over the lake, go west (slightly right) at the first intersection, and after one half mile turn north on 107th St. and follow the signs.
Important Bird Area: IBA Entry for Saylorville Reservoir--Jester Park