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Welcome to Lake Red Rock


Lake Red Rock is Iowa's Largest Lake with over 15,000 acres of water and 35,000 acres of land for your enjoyment.  Located on the Des Moines River just 45 miles southeast and downriver from Des Moines, the reservoir collects runoff and and drainage from over 12,320 square miles of Iowa and southern Minnesota land.  This protects communities and agriculture lands downstream from the Red Rock Dam.  The maximum flood control pool is 780 feet above sea level, over 33 miles long, and covers 65,500 acres.  Other lake area benefits include numerous recreational opportunities and natural resources on the water and surrounding public lands.


Environmental stewardship rangers and maintenance staff conduct prescribed burns as a management tool to remove old plant material and woody growth that competes with a prairie's warmer season species.
Prescribed Burns: A Valuable Management Tool
Environmental stewardship rangers and maintenance staff conduct prescribed burns as a management tool to remove old plant material and woody growth that competes with a prairie's warmer season species.
Howell Station Campground is popular with fishing enthusiasts, bikers, hikers and those just looking for a relaxing place to camp and enjoy nature.
Family camping at Howell Station Campground
Howell Station Campground is popular with fishing enthusiasts, bikers, hikers and those just looking for a relaxing place to camp and enjoy nature.
Hepatica are often one of the first wildflowers to be seen in the spring.  Look for them in late March along the hillside section of the Volksweg Trail near Ivans Campground.
Hepatica along Volksweg Trail
Hepatica are often one of the first wildflowers to be seen in the spring. Look for them in late March along the hillside section of the Volksweg Trail near Ivans Campground.
Observation Deck at Red Rock Visitor Center
Observation Deck at Red Rock Visitor Center
The observation deck at the Red Rock Visitor Center offers fantastic views of the lake and the Red Rock Dam.
Turkey photo by Ron Huelse
Turkey
Wild turkey are often spotted in Red Rock's woodlands. Spring is a great time to listen for their calls!
View of Fall Foliage from Cordova Tower
Fantastic Lake View
Climb Cordova Park's observation tower for a stunning view of the lake!
Paddling on Lake Red Rock
Paddling on Lake Red Roc
Paddling on Lake Red Rock

Latest News

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! ###
Published: 7/6/2018
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!
Published: 7/5/2018
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.
Published: 7/3/2018

Water Control Plan Update

Click on the Photo Above to Learn More about the Public Open House Events for the Des Moines River Basin Master Reservoir Regulation Manual Update