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Lake Red Rock Update - July 6, 2018

Please note that the bacteria counts at the North Overlook Beach are now within normal parameters and the beach is no longer posted. Due to rising lake levels, the South Overlook Boat Ramp, Volksweg Trail near the Red Rock Marina, and Whitebreast Beach have been closed. Parking at the Marina Cove is very limited due to the high lake level. There is a moderate amount of floating debris in the lake - please use caution while boating. For the most current lake level, dam outflow and forecast information go to www.rivergages.com. For additional information, please contact the US Army Corps of Engineers at 641-828-7522. Website www.lakeredrock.org. Please be safe on the water: Wear Your Life Jacket! ### [Read More]
Published: Jul-06-18

Lake Red Rock Update - July 5, 2018

Recent bacterial sampling at the North Overlook Beach at Lake Red Rock has shown elevated bacterial counts. Sampling at the beaches is performed weekly by the Corps of Engineers through a contract with Iowa State University. Due to the high readings, the beach will be posted with "Swimming Not Recommended" signs until further testing indicates low bacteria counts. While this week's test results showed high bacterial population at the North Overlook Beach, the main body of the lake had low bacterial counts. Further information on the Corps of Engineers water quality monitoring procedures may be obtained at the Red Rock Visitor Center. Due to rising lake levels, the South Overlook Boat Ramp, Volksweg Trail near the Red Rock Marina, and Whitebreast Beach have been closed. Parking at the Marina Cove is very limited due to the high lake level. There is a moderate amount of floating debris in the lake - please use caution while boating. For the most current lake level, dam outflow and forecast information go to www.rivergages.com. For additional information, please contact the US Army Corps of Engineers at 641-828-7522. Website www.lakeredrock.org. Please be safe on the water: Wear Your Life Jacket! [Read More]
Published: Jul-05-18

Lake Red Rock Update: Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Due to rising lake levels, the South Overlook Boat Ramp, Volksweg Trail near the Red Rock Marina, and Whitebreast Beach have been closed. Parking at Marina Cove is very limited due to the high lake level. There is a moderate amount of floating debris in the lake - please use caution while boating. For the most current lake level, dam outflow and forecast information go to www.rivergages.com. For additional information, please contact the US Army Corps of Engineers at 641-828-7522. Website www.lakeredrock.org. [Read More]
Published: Jul-03-18

New Hunting Map Available

A new version of the Red Rock Area Hunting Map is available! The file is available online at www.lakeredrock.org, and hard copies are available at the Red Rock Visitor Center. The map update was completed in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. For more information, please call the Corps of Engineers office at (641) 828-7522 or via email at lakeredrock@usace.army.mil. [Read More]
Published: Apr-17-18

Government Shutdown Ended: Red Rock Back to Normal Operations

The government shutdown has ended and Lake Red Rock facilities are back to normal operations. [Read More]
Published: Jan-23-18

Government Shutdown Impacts Lake Red Rock Facilities

The Lake Red Rock Project Office and Visitor Center are closed as a result of the federal government shutdown. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has also closed all Corps-operated recreation areas nationwide including those at Lake Red Rock as a result of the federal government shutdown. Reservoir operations of water control features at Lake Red Rock will continue to operate as normal. [Read More]
Published: Jan-22-18

Lake Red Rock Trail and Park Status During Deer Shotgun Season

The following recreation area gates will be closed on Thursday, November 30 for first and second shotgun deer season: Fifield Wallashuck Volksweg Trail Gate adjacent North Overlook Campground Hickory Ridge Archery Range Please note that the Whitebreast Beach, Whitebreast Campground, and North Overlook Beach gates will not be closed. Gates will be re-opened on Monday, December 18 except for the Archery Range gate, which will remain closed until mid-March. The "Trail Closed" signs will also be posted on the Volksweg Trail on Thursday, November 30. [Read More]
Published: Nov-27-17

Volksweg Trail Expansion Project

The US Army Corps of Engineers will be extending the Volksweg Trail 2.6 miles from the trailhead at Robert’s Creek west to Cordova Park. A new trailhead with parking lot is also planned at Cordova. The Volksweg Trail was started in the early 1990's as part of the Des Moines Recreational River and Greenbelt Project. Currently, it is a fourteen mile paved path that winds along the north side of Lake Red Rock, below the Red Rock Dam, and into the City of Pella. The Corps of Engineers is excited to extend this very popular trail to provide additional recreational opportunities for our visitors and local communities! Work on the extension project is anticipated to begin in Spring 2018. [Read More]
Published: Oct-30-17

Lake Red Rock Volunteers Receive National Award

Chester and Phyllis Briggs, Newton residents and long-time Lake Red Rock volunteers, are two of this year's national recipients of the Enduring Service Volunteer Award. They will receive the award at 10:00 am on Thursday, September 28 at the Bass Pro Shops in Altoona, Iowa. The Corps Foundation established the award in January 2016 to honor long term service and outstanding accomplishments by individuals and families of volunteers at US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) lakes and waterways. [Read More]
Published: Sep-26-17

Intermittent Phone Issues

The Corps office and Rock Visitor Center's main phone line is experiencing intermittent phone issues. If you have trouble reaching the Corps at the main office number (641) 828-7522, please try calling via the Pella number (641-628-8690) or the secondary Knoxville line (641- 828-7523). We apologize for any inconvenience. [Read More]
Published: May-24-17
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