Category: Coralville Lake
  • Coralville Lake Begins Drawdown

    Iowa City, Iowa – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District started lowering Coralville Reservoir on March 10 as part of its annual drawdown. The process of dropping the level of the reservoir by four feet in the spring is done in accordance with the operation plan to increase storage capacity in the reservoir. The target elevation of 679 mean sea level should be reached by March 16 or 17.
  • Coralville Lake's Sugar Bottom Mountain Bike Trail Closure

    IOWA CITY, Iowa – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces that Coralville Lake’s Sugar Bottom Mountain Bike Trails will be closed from Dec. 2, 2017, through Jan. 10, 2018, to accommodate for the whitetail deer shotgun and muzzle loader hunting seasons. This is annual closure is needed to maintain a safe environment for everyone using Corps-managed lands during the hunting season. A map of designated public hunting areas around the lake can be found at or picked up at the Administration Office. State rules and regulations apply for hunting in these areas.
  • Veterans Trail at Coralville Lake to close for major rehabilitation

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, is closing the Veterans Trail at Coralville Lake, Iowa, beginning Nov. 12 to perform major rehabilitation. Work on the trail is expected to last into late spring or early summer. The trail is anticipated to reopen on or before Memorial Day 2018.
  • Campground End of Season Dates

    IOWA CITY, IOWA – The end of the 2017 camping season at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Coralville Lake is approaching.
  • REMINDER: Fireworks prohibited on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, reminds everyone that possession of explosives or explosive devices of any kind, including fireworks and other pyrotechnics, on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property is prohibited. This prohibition applies to all recreation areas at Saylorville Lake, Lake Red Rock and Coralville Lake as well as Corps of Engineers locations along the Illinois Waterway and Mississippi River.
  • While Enjoying America’s Waterways Play It Safe

    ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Before you head out for a day on or near the water, the U.S. Army Corps of
  • Veteran’s Trail Dedication Ceremony

    IOWA CITY, Iowa –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Coralville Lake will be hosting the 2017 Veteran’s Trail Dedication Ceremony on Memorial Day, May 29, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. The ceremony will take place at the East Overlook Picnic Area located on the east end of the Coralville Dam.
  • Nominations Being Accepted for Coralville Lake Veterans Trail Dedication

    CORALVILLE, Iowa - Every Memorial Day, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Coralville Lake and Johnson County Veterans organizations honor local military veterans by placing their names at various sites along the Coralville Lake Veterans Trail. The organizations are accepting nominations to honor veterans for outstanding service.
  • Coralville Lake Bald Eagle Watch & Expo

    IOWA CITY, IOWA – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Coralville Lake will host the fourth annual Bald Eagle Watch and Expo on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at North Central Junior High, 180 E. Forevergreen Road, North Liberty, Iowa. Outdoor eagle watching will be available at Coralville Lake below the dam at Tailwater West. Co-hosts for the event are the Iowa City Bird Club, Iowa Audubon and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Diversity Program. This event is free to the public and will be held at the two different locations simultaneously.
  • Reservable Campsites to Increase at Coralville Lake in 2017

    IOWA CITY – The popularity of the campsite reservation program at Coralville Lake has grown significantly in recent years. In response to demand, the Corps of Engineers will add over 100 campsites to the program in 2017. At that time, all sites in Cottonwood, Linder Point, Tailwater East, Tailwater West, West Overlook, Sugar Bottom and Sandy Beach Campgrounds will be available for reservation. Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance of arrival date, but no less than 2 days prior to arrival. Reservations can be made by calling the National Recreation Reservation Service toll-free at (877) 444-6777, going on-line at, using a smartphone app. or making a reservation at any of the campground entrance stations. If a site has not been reserved, it is available for walk-in camping on a first-come, first-serve basis. Based on historical campsite occupancy, it is anticipated that walk-in camping opportunities will be available throughout the recreation season.