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  • New Facebook Page for Lake Red Rock

    Lake Red Rock now has a Facebook page! Please check it out and "like" the lake at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/lakeredrock The Facebook page was just created on April 3rd and is still a work in progress, but the Corps of Engineers plans to post information on it frequently to help you stay informed about lake area activities. For more information, contact the Corps office at (641) 828-7522.
  • Intermittent road restrictions continue as hydro project progresses

    The mild weather this week has allowed crews at the Red Rock Dam to continue working day and night to prepare the site for construction of a powerhouse and intake structure that will comprise the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project (RRHP). Short-term road closures, directed by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, will occur in the overnight hours every three to four days as crews move large rebar cages from the North Tailwater staging area to the construction area on the upstream side of the Dam. In addition, Highway T-15 will be restricted to one lane every three to four days to facilitate staging of the concrete trucks to ensure worker and public safety as the wall element sections are poured.
  • Downstream work prepares for RRHP powerhouse construction

    Construction continues at the Red Rock Dam where Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) will construct a new hydroelectric power plant. Much of the construction work being done is in preparation for construction of the powerhouse, which is expected to begin in summer 2015. On the downstream side of the Red Rock Dam, the construction of the cofferdam, which is located between the Des Moines River and the power plant site, is well underway. The construction of Cells #1 and #2 are largely complete, Cell #3 is being filled with sand, and the walls of Cell #4 are being installed.
  • Picnic Shelter Reservations to be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service

    Reservations for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers picnic shelters will no longer be taken at the Lake Red Rock project office. Beginning Friday, January 2, 2015, reservations must be reserved online at www.recreation.gov or by calling the National Recreation Reservation Service at 877-444-6777. Reservations must be made a minimum of 4 days ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 months in advance. Shelter prices will remain unchanged from last year. If shelters are not reserved, they are available free of charge on a first come, first served basis. For more information or assistance, contact the Lake Red Rock Project Office at (641) 828-7522 or (641) 628-8690.
  • Missouri River Energy Services Officially Breaks Ground on Red Rock Hydroelectric Project

    PELLA, Iowa – The official groundbreaking of the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project (RRHP) took place Aug. 13 at Lake Red Rock near Pella, Iowa. The project is a retrofit of an existing Army Corps of Engineers dam on the Des Moines River that will produce 36 megawatts of power, with the capacity to generate up to 55 megawatts during peak seasons; enough to power about 18,000 homes. Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) is building the project, which is being financed by Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (WMMPA). RRHP is expected to be completed in 2018, at which point it will be the second-largest hydropower facility in Iowa.
  • T-15 will be down to one lane relating to construction of hydroelectric project

    One lane of T-15 that crosses over the Red Rock Dam will be closed so that workers can safely widen that section of road in order to add a turning lane. The widened road and turning lane will give workers access to the future intake structure for the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project that will be constructed at the dam. Signage indicating the one-lane closure will be placed at each end of the dam. Traffic will be limited to one lane each weekday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., beginning Tuesday, Aug. 19. It is hoped that the work will be completed by Friday, Aug. 28. Both lanes of the road will be open on Saturday and Sunday. The road will be completely closed later in the fall. Missouri River Energy Services (MRES), which is building the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project, will issue a notice prior to that closure. MRES also has developed a website at www.redrockhydroproject.com that will include up-to-date information about the project. For more information, contact MRES Director of Member and Public Relations Bill Radio, phone: 605-338-4042; e-mail: bill.radio@mrenergy.com.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.