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  • Corps of Engineers to Reopen Day Use Areas at Lake Red Rock

    KNOXVILLE, Iowa – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District announces a partial reopening of several day use areas at Lake Red Rock.
  • Save Our Streams Workshop Postponed

    (Knoxville, Iowa) –  The Save Our Streams (SOS) Workshop scheduled for Saturday, April 4th has been postponed until further notice. For more information, please contact SOS Coordinator Zach Moss: zmoss@iwla.org or 515-249-7213.
  • Volksweg Trail Expansion Project

    The US Army Corps of Engineers will be extending the Volksweg Trail 2.6 miles from the trailhead at Robert’s Creek west to Cordova Park. A new trailhead with parking lot is also planned at Cordova. The Volksweg Trail was started in the early 1990's as part of the Des Moines Recreational River and Greenbelt Project. Currently, it is a fourteen mile paved path that winds along the north side of Lake Red Rock, below the Red Rock Dam, and into the City of Pella. The Corps of Engineers is excited to extend this very popular trail to provide additional recreational opportunities for our visitors and local communities! Work on the extension project is anticipated to be completed sometime during Summer 2019.
  • Lake Red Rock Volunteers Receive National Award

    Chester and Phyllis Briggs, Newton residents and long-time Lake Red Rock volunteers, are two of this year's national recipients of the Enduring Service Volunteer Award. They will receive the award at 10:00 am on Thursday, September 28 at the Bass Pro Shops in Altoona, Iowa. The Corps Foundation established the award in January 2016 to honor long term service and outstanding accomplishments by individuals and families of volunteers at US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) lakes and waterways.
  • Intermittent Phone Issues

    The Corps office and Rock Visitor Center's main phone line is experiencing intermittent phone issues. If you have trouble reaching the Corps at the main office number (641) 828-7522, please try calling via the Pella number (641-628-8690) or the secondary Knoxville line (641- 828-7523). We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Corps to Host Several Public Open House Events for Des Moines River Water Control Plan Update

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District is hosting four public open house events to seek input on updating the Des Moines River Regulation Manual which includes the Water Control Manual for Saylorville Lake and Red Rock Lake. Proposed updates to the Manual will be discussed during the meetings and District staff will be on hand to answer questions and discuss comments, questions and/or concerns regarding the Water Control Plan update.
  • Reservable Campsites to Increase at Lake Red Rock in 2017

    The popularity of the campsite reservation program at Lake Red Rock has grown significantly in recent years. In response to demand, the Corps of Engineers will expand the program in 2017. At that time, all sites in Howell Station, North Overlook, Wallashuck and Whitebreast campgrounds will be reservable.
  • Deadline for applications for Wheelin' Sportsmen Turkey Hunt Extended to April 1.

    The deadline for applications for the Wheelin' Sportsmen Turkey Hunt has been extended to April 1. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers along with the Red Rock Lake Association and the Mahaska Fan Club Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will be hosting its first annual Lake Red Rock Wheelin’ Sportsmen Turkey Hunt on April 23rd 2016. The hunt will pair disabled individuals with volunteer guides from the NWTF in hopes of bagging a turkey and having a great time in the outdoors.
  • Lake Red Rock accepting applications for Wheelin’ Sportsmen Turkey Hunt

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers along with the Red Rock Lake Association and the Mahaska Fan Club Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will be hosting its first annual Lake Red Rock Wheelin’ Sportsmen Turkey Hunt on April 23rd 2016. The hunt will pair disabled individuals with volunteer guides from the NWTF in hopes of bagging a turkey and having a great time in the outdoors.
  • 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.