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  • Swimming Not Recommended at North Overlook Beach

    Recent bacterial sampling at the North Overlook Beach at Lake Red Rock has shown elevated bacterial counts. Sampling at the beaches is performed weekly by the Corps of Engineers through a contract with Iowa State University. Due to the high readings, the beach will be posted with "Swimming Not Recommended" signs until further testing indicates low bacteria counts. While this week's test results showed elevated bacterial population at the North Overlook beach, the Whitebreast Beach and the main body of the lake had low bacterial counts. Further information on the Corps of Engineers water quality monitoring procedures may be obtained at the Red Rock Visitor Center.
  • Utility Work at Lake Red Rock

    Due to water line utility upgrades, the Whitebreast Recreation Area will close September 9th for the remainder of the season. Water line utilities will also be upgraded at the South Tailwater Recreation Area. Restrooms, fish cleaning stations and drinking fountains will not be available in this area from Sept. 11-18; however, South Tailwater will remain open to the public. A fish cleaning station is available at the nearby South Overlook Recreation Area. For more information, please contact the US Army Corps of Engineers office at (641) 828-7522 or via email at lakeredrock@usace.army.mil.
  • Swimming Not Recommended at North Overlook Beach

    Recent bacterial sampling at the North Overlook Beach at Lake Red Rock has shown elevated bacterial counts. Sampling at the beaches is performed weekly by the Corps of Engineers through a contract with Iowa State University. Due to the high readings, the beach will be posted with "Swimming Not Recommended" signs until further testing indicates low bacteria counts. While this week's test results showed high bacterial population at the North Overlook beach, the Whitebreast Beach had low bacterial counts. Further information on the Corps of Engineers water quality monitoring procedures may be obtained at the Red Rock Visitor Center.
  • Lane Restriction on Coralville Dam

    IOWA CITY, Iowa – On Monday, Aug. 26, the portion of Prairie Du Chien Road NE that crosses Coralville Dam will be restricted to one lane from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. due to construction inside the control structure on the dam. Drivers are encouraged to use alternative routes or expect delays.
  • Auxiliary Lock Temporarily Closed at Lock 15

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project will temporarily close the auxiliary lock at Locks and Dam 15 in Rock Island, Illinois, August 1-5.
  • Enjoy Your Holiday, Play It Safe and Return Home Alive

    Drowning is the Nation’s second leading cause of accidental death, yet it is possible just by wearing a life jacket these drowning deaths can be reduced. Statistics show that 90 percent of those who drown at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes and rivers may have survived if they had worn a life jacket. Here are some safety tips from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to help you have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July holiday.
  • Auxiliary Lock Opens for Season at Lock 14

    PLEASANT VALLEY, Iowa – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project will be opening the Auxiliary Lock located at Locks and Dam 14 in Pleasant Valley, Iowa, for recreational boating traffic starting June 28. The lock will be open for use Fridays from 4-10 p.m., Saturdays Noon-10 p.m., and Sundays Noon-10 p.m. The lock is anticipated to remain open on weekends until Sept. 2
  • Change of Command for Mississippi Valley Division

    Maj. Gen. Richard G. Kaiser will transfer command of the Mississippi Valley Division (MVD), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), to Maj. Gen. R. Mark Toy in a formal change of command ceremony, July 23, 2019, at 10 a.m. in the Vicksburg Convention Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi. Lt. Gen. Todd T. Semonite, USACE 54th Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, will officiate the ceremony.
  • Public Input Sought on Cedar Rapids Flood Risk Management Project Draft Environmental Assessment

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois - The U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District is seeking public review and comment regarding a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Flood Risk Management Project.
  • Visitor Observation Area to Temporarily Close at Marseilles Lock

    Due to major rehabilitation work at Marseilles Lock on the Illinois Waterway, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is temporarily closing the visitor observation area from June 1 to Aug. 31.