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Coralville Lake

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Welcome to Coralville Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages Coralville Lake as a multiple use project providing primary benefits in flood control and low flow augmentation, and secondary benefits in recreation, fish and wildlife management, and forest management. Coralville Lake provides many recreational opportunities. Activities include boating, swimming, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, disc golf, bird watching, Devonian Fossil Gorge and camping. Campgrounds at Coralville Lake include three campgrounds with just over 500 campsites. The campsite types range from primitive tent to full hook-ups with water, sewer and electricity at the sites. Campgrounds are located at Sandy Beach, Sugar Bottom and the Dam Complex (Cottonwood, Linder Point, Tailwater East, Tailwater West and West Overlook).

Coralville Lake is located between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Iowa City is home to the University of Iowa, Coral Ridge Shopping Center, the University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics, the VA Hospital and numerous arts and cultural events in the area. Cedar Rapids is the 2nd largest city in the state of Iowa, which offers numerous opportunities like the New Bo City Market, McGraff Ampitheatre, shopping, outdoor activties, theatre & performing arts.

Latest News

Coralville Reservoir Memorial Day Ceremony Postponed
IOWA CITY, Iowa. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District is postponing the Annual Memorial Day Veteran’s Trail Ceremony due to wet weather and ongoing construction at the site.
Published: 5/21/2018
Coralville Lake Begins Drawdown
Iowa City, Iowa – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District started lowering Coralville Reservoir on March 10 as part of its annual drawdown. The process of dropping the level of the reservoir by four feet in the spring is done in accordance with the operation plan to increase storage capacity in the reservoir. The target elevation of 679 mean sea level should be reached by March 16 or 17.
Published: 3/15/2018
Coralville Lake's Sugar Bottom Mountain Bike Trail Closure
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces that Coralville Lake’s Sugar Bottom Mountain Bike Trails will be closed from Dec. 2, 2017, through Jan. 10, 2018, to accommodate for the whitetail deer shotgun and muzzle loader hunting seasons. This is annual closure is needed to maintain a safe environment for everyone using Corps-managed lands during the hunting season. A map of designated public hunting areas around the lake can be found at or picked up at the Administration Office. State rules and regulations apply for hunting in these areas.
Published: 12/5/2017