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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.

Latest News

Independent review panel studies and approves construction thus far at Red Rock Hydroelectric Project
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A four-member panel of experts in dam and hydroelectric project design and construction has given its approval to construction work thus far at the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project, located on the Des Moines River near Pella, Iowa. An Independent External Peer Review (IEPR) Panel was on site at the project Jan. 14-15 to review reports, tour the facilities, observe construction activities, and examine various construction elements.
Published: 1/21/2015
Picnic Shelter Reservations to be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service
Reservations for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers picnic shelters will no longer be taken at the Lake Red Rock project office. Beginning Friday, January 2, 2015, reservations must be reserved online at www.recreation.gov or by calling the National Recreation Reservation Service at 877-444-6777. Reservations must be made a minimum of 4 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 months in advance. Shelter prices will remain unchanged from last year. If shelters are not reserved, they are available free of charge on a first come, first served basis. For more information or assistance, contact the Lake Red Rock Project Office at (641) 828-7522 or (641) 628-8690.
Published: 12/17/2014
T15 closure still planned for Oct. 30
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Plans remain on track to close a section of Highway T15 that crosses over the Red Rock Dam beginning Oct. 30. That road closure is necessary to facilitate some of the construction of the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project, which is being built at the Dam. Missouri River Energy Services (MRES), which is building the project, projects that the section of road will be closed to all traffic for about 10 to 12 weeks. During that time, large construction equipment will be positioned on T-15 making the road inaccessible to traffic. MRES will keep the public up to date about any changes in the road-closure date or schedule.
Published: 10/25/2014