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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.

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Lake Red Rock Update: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Several recreation areas at Lake Red Rock have reopened: The Whitebreast Beach, South Overlook boat ramp, and the Volksweg Trail adjacent to the marina are now open for public use. For the most current lake level, dam outflow and forecast information, check out www.rivergages.com. If you have questions, please contact the US Army Corps of Engineers at (641) 828-7522 or (641) 628-8690. Email: lakeredrock@usace.army.mil
Published: 7/31/2014
Red Rock North Tailwater Area to be Closed During Construction of Hydroelectric Plant
The North Tailwater area near the Red Rock Dam will be closed to the public beginning Aug. 4 to enable construction of hydroelectric facilities at the Dam. The closure will extend until construction of the project is completed in the spring of 2018. The closure will include the North Tailwater Recreation Area of Lake Red Rock, and a section of the Volksweg Trail from Howell Station Campground to North Overlook Picnic Area in that vicinity.
Published: 7/31/2014
Lake Red Rock Update for Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Several recreation areas at Lake Red Rock have been closed due to high water levels: The South Overlook boat ramp, the section of the Volksweg Trail adjacent to the marina, and the Whitebreast Beach have been closed. Boat ramps that are currently open include those at the Whitebreast Recreation Area, Marina Cove, Elk Rock State Park (just off of Hwy 14), and Cordova Park for lake access, and Howell Station Landing for river access below the dam. Please note that parking areas at the Marina Cove ramp are very limited during times of high water. All other recreation areas at Lake Red Rock are open at this time. For the most current lake level, dam outflow and forecast information, check out www.rivergages.com. If you have questions, please contact the US Army Corps of Engineers at (641) 828-7522 or (641) 628-8690. Website: www.lakeredrock.org
Published: 7/2/2014