Sun Valley Lake

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Sun Valley Lake is located 70 miles Southwest of West Des Moines in Ellston, Iowa with easy access from Interstate 35. (I-35 Exit #18 and then West on County Road J-20 15 miles) The lake is also an easy commute from either Kansas City or Omaha (approximately 130 miles from either city)

Sun Valley is a man-made private lake with 500 acres of lake surface and 16 miles of shoreline. The construction of this lake is what makes it unique compared to other private lakes in Central Iowa. Since 1970, engineers have constructed 26 silt ponds that act as natural filters for the lake, making the lake water among the cleanest in Iowa. The lake is fed by natural springs and is a part of a 1500 acre tract of land located in a valley of rolling hills. There are approximately 500 homes around the lake. Property owners are members of SILVA (Sun Valley Iowa Lake Association)


Waterfront and offshore homes and lots are available for sale at Sun Valley Lake. Prices vary widely by the type of lot and location on the lake. Properties available include offshore lots, waterfront lots, offshore lots with waterfront access, offshore homes and waterfront homes. 2016 sold figures for each type of property summarized below:

Single offshore lot:        range: $1,667-$65,000               average: $15,856
Single waterfront lot:    range: $54,500-$170,000         average: $116,500

Waterfront homes:        range: $210,000-549,000         average: $329,760


• Sun Valley County Club is a nine hole golf course located South of the lake.

Association Contact Information:
• SVILA Office Number: 641-772-4372
• SVILA Email:
• SVILA website: