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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.
Red Sandstone bluffs along Lake Red Rock's northwest shore
Red Rocks at Lake Red Rock
Red Sandstone bluffs along Lake Red Rock's northwest shore
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.
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 Roberts Creek
Paddling on Roberts Creek
Paddling on Roberts Creek

Latest News

Corps Temporarily Modifies Saylorville and Red Rock Reservoir Water Control Plans
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, will initiate temporary modifications to the water control plans at Saylorville and Red Rock reservoirs.
Published: 4/26/2018
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.
Published: 4/17/2018
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.
Published: 10/30/2017

Water Control Plan Update

Click on the Photo Above to Learn More about the Des Moines River Basin Master Reservoir Regulation Manual Update