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Recreation Opportunities

DAY USE: Picnic shelters are available at various locations around Coralville Lake. Most are availble for advanced reservations including East Overlook Round #3, East Overlook Square #4, Sugar Bottom Day Use #39, Tailwater West #9, Turkey Creek #7 and West Overlook Day Use #17.

Shelter Information Page

BIRDING: Coralville Lake offers a variety of habitats and is a popular birding location. To learn more about Iowa birds and birding go to www.iowabirds.org.

Disc Golf: Two 18-hole disc golf courses are popular recreation spots. One is located at Turkey Creek near the Coralville Dam and the other course is located at Sugar Bottom Day Use area north of North Liberty, Iowa.

Camping: The Dam Complex, Sandy Beach and Sugar Bottom Campgrounds offer more than 500 camping sites at Coralville Lake. To make reservations call the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS)  toll free at 1-877-444-6777 or visit www.recreation.gov. For questions about the campgrounds and campsites please call (319) 338-3543 ext. 6300 or send an email to coralville.lake@usace.army.mil

Mountain Biking: The Sugar Bottom Mountain Bike Trail has nearly 10 miles of one-way trails that wind through wooded valleys and prairies with beautiful views overlooking Coralville Lake. This trail is located at the Sugar Bottom Day Use Area. For a status on the trail, go to www.icorrmtb.org or call (319) 626-1160 for a recorded message.

Boating: Coralville Lake has more than 5,000 acres of water for pleasure boating, water skiing and fishing. Before you launch, be sure to check out current lake levels at www.rivergages.com.

Beaches: There are two designated swimming beaches, Sandy Beach Day Use and West Overlook Day Use. There are NO lifeguards provided and all swimming is at your own risk. There is a beach at the Sugar Bottom Campground that is for registered campers and a free beach at Sugar Bottom Day Use for anyone, which is located by the mountain bike trail and disc golf course.

Annual Day Use Pass - Boat Launching: $3 per day. Beaches: $1 per person (age 12 & older) or $4 per vehicle. With the Interagency Senior Pass for age-related discounts and an Interagency Access Pass costs are half price.

Annual Day Use Pass Form

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sells an Annual Pass for $30. The Annual Pass gives unlimited access to day-use areas at any Corps park nation-wide for one calendar year, and is sold at all Corps projects. Discount passes for recreation fees and camping can be found by following this link, http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors/passes.cfm.