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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

Red Rock Hydroelectric Project developers choose construction firm
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Boards of Directors of Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) and Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (WMMPA) have approved moving forward with the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project and have chosen Ames Construction, Inc., as the general contractor. The hydroelectric plant will be built at the existing Red Rock Dam along the Des Moines River near Pella, Iowa. With a nameplate capacity of 36.4 megawatts, it will be the second largest hydroelectric plant in the State of Iowa. It will be capable of meeting the electrical needs of about 18,000 homes. At certain times of the year, when water is plentiful, the plant will be capable of generating up to 55 megawatts of power. “Since we first announced our intentions to build the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project in 2011, we have been working our way through an intense, time-consuming regulatory process with state and federal agencies,” said MRES CEO Tom Heller.
Published: 3/30/2014
Camp for Free: Summer Volunteers Needed at Lake Red Rock
Spend the summer camping at Lake Red Rock for free! The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will provide a free, full-hookup campsite to volunteers willing to provide custodial service at: North Overlook beach, Whitebreast beach, Whitebreast campground and Wallashuck campground. Volunteers are needed from late April through September 2014. For more information on volunteering at Lake Red Rock, contact Park Ranger Mark Pollastrini by phone 641-828-7522 ext 6442, by email Mark.R.Pollastrini@usace.army.mil, or visit the Lake Red Rock website at www.lakeredrock.org
Published: 1/16/2014
"National Water Trail" Designation for Lake Red Rock
The Red Rock Trail at Lake Red Rock, Knoxville, Iowa, has officially been designated as a National Water Trail by the National Park Service. Joining the Red Rock Trail is The Island Loop Route Water Trail in Michigan and The Missouri National Recreation River Water Trail that flows through South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. These three trails join 11 previously dedicated water trails across the country.
Published: 12/2/2013