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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

Panel of experts commends work at Red Rock Hydroelectric Project
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – An Independent Expert Peer Review Panel (IEPR) praised the work and diligence of the engineers, contractors, and Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) following an onsite review of the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project site June 20 – July 1. This was the IEPR’s second onsite review since construction of the project began. The first was in January.
Published: 7/28/2015
Corps Promotes Emerald Ash Borer Awareness for Memorial Day Weekend
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, will be wrapping ash trees at recreation areas including Saylorville Lake, Lake Red Rock, Coralville Lake and the Mississippi River Project to bring awareness of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) to visitors during the Memorial Day weekend. Each ash tree wrapped will show the detrimental effects the EAB could have on recreation areas in the Rock Island District if infestations are allowed to spread.
Published: 5/15/2015
New Alcohol Restrictions at Lake Red Rock Beaches
KNOXVILLE, Iowa - In an effort to maintain a family-friendly environment and to promote water safety, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has established restrictions for alcohol possession on Whitebreast Beach and North Overlook Beach at Lake Red Rock. Beginning May 23, 2015, possession of alcohol will not be allowed on the beaches and within the designated swim areas. Alcohol will be allowed at the picnic sites located adjacent to the beaches.
Published: 5/13/2015