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  • Auxiliary Lock to open for season at Lock 14

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, announces the auxiliary lock, located at Locks and Dam 14 in Pleasant Valley, Iowa, will open May 27 for recreational boating traffic. Every weekend until Sept. 5, the lock will be open for recreational use on Fridays from 4-10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from Noon-10 p.m. In addition, the auxiliary lock will be open Noon-10 p.m. on the Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day holidays and until midnight on Friday, August 12, to assist recreational boaters attending Tugfest activities and the fireworks display.
  • Temporary road closure scheduled for Lake Red Rock dam inspection

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, will close a portion of Highway T-15 that traverses Lake Red Rock dam and the North Tailwater Recreation Area, May 31 through June 2 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. to allow for inspections and survey work on the dam. A signed detour will be in place for those traveling between Pella and Knoxville, Iowa. The Lake Red Rock Visitor Center, North Overlook and South Tailwater Recreation Areas will remain accessible during the closure.
  • FREE vessel safety checks offered at Lake Red Rock

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, is offering free vessel safety checks at Lake Red Rock’s Whitebreast Boat Ramp Saturday, May 21, from noon to 2 p.m., in the overflow parking lot. No preregistration is needed to attend.
  • Upper Mississippi River System Hydraulic Model Update Complete

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island, St. Paul and St. Louis Districts recently completed a seven-year effort to develop an updated, standardized hydraulic model for the Upper Mississippi River System, including the Illinois Waterway. The model can be used to evaluate and communicate the effects of floodplain modifications to provide better predictability and more consistent flood risk management for the Upper Mississippi River System.
  • Army Corps of Engineers reminds visitors to practice water safety

    As millions of Americans plan visits to our nation’s lakes and rivers, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District reminds visitors of the importance of practicing safe, sensible, and thoughtful activities in, on, and around open water.
  • FREE Boating Safety Classes to be Offered

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, will be offering two, free boating safety education classes, May 7 and 14 at the Mississippi River Project Office near Locks and Dam 14 in Pleasant Valley, Iowa. Each class runs from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and is open to anyone 12 years of age or older. Completion of only one of these classes is needed for certification.
  • Temporary lock closures to begin May 9 at Brandon Road Lock on the Illinois Waterway

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, will begin daytime closures of the Brandon Road Lock located in Joliet, Illinois, beginning May 9 to facilitate installation of bulkhead recesses which will later be used to perform critical maintenance on the lock in 2023.
  • Volunteers needed at Lake Red Rock this summer

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, is currently accepting applications for volunteers interested in providing services at Lake Red Rock during the 2022 camping season. Positions include custodial work at parks and campgrounds around Lake Red Rock.
  • Free boating safety classes offered at Illinois Waterway Visitor Center

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, will offer three free Illinois Safe Boating classes this summer at the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center May 7, June 18 and August 20 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The classes are open to everyone age 11 and older. Students under age 16 should be accompanied by an adult and pre-registration is required. Upon successful completion of the class and exam, participants will receive an Illinois DNR Boat Safety Certification.
  • Coralville Lake now operating under updated Water Control Plan

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, is now managing Coralville Lake under operational parameters outlined in a recently approved updated Water Control Plan. This plan was the result of a feasibility study initiated to update the Iowa River Basin Master Reservoir Regulation Manual. The Water Control Plan consists of operational parameters defining how, and when, water is stored and released. It includes a schedule of releases, conservation pool levels to be maintained during non-flood or drought conditions, and downstream water level constraints.