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Welcome to Coralville Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages Coralville Lake as a multiple use project providing primary benefits in flood control and low flow augmentation, and secondary benefits in recreation, fish and wildlife management, and forest management. Coralville Lake provides many recreational opportunities. Activities include boating, swimming, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, disc golf, bird watching, Devonian Fossil Gorge and camping. Campgrounds at Coralville Lake include three campgrounds with just over 500 campsites. The campsite types range from primitive tent to full hook-ups with water, sewer and electricity at the sites. Campgrounds are located at Sandy Beach, Sugar Bottom and the Dam Complex (Cottonwood, Linder Point, Tailwater East, Tailwater West and West Overlook).

Coralville Lake is located between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Iowa City is home to the University of Iowa, Coral Ridge Shopping Center, the University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics, the VA Hospital and numerous arts and cultural events in the area. Cedar Rapids is the 2nd largest city in the state of Iowa, which offers numerous opportunities like the New Bo City Market, McGraff Ampitheatre, shopping, outdoor activties, theatre & performing arts.

Latest News

Coralville Lake to Host Halloween Haunted Trail Event
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting its 3rd Annual Haunted Trail at Coralville Lake. The event will be held at Sugar Bottom Campground located at 2192 Mehaffey Bridge Road, NE, Solon, Iowa, 52333 on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3 from 7-9 p.m. each night. The haunted trail is recommended for tweens, teens and adults. A family area with nature activities, a PG movie, bounce house, face painting and more will be available for participants of all ages.
Published: 10/23/2018
Corps to Increase Outflows at Coralville Lake
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, will temporarily increase the outflows at Coralville Lake in accordance with the water control plan. The increase, which is planned for later today, takes outflows from 10,000 to 12,000 cubic feet per second (cfs).
Published: 10/10/2018
Recreation Closures Continue at Coralville Lake
IOWA CITY, Iowa - All public day use boat ramps managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Coralville Lake remain closed at this time. This includes the Curtis Bridge, Mehaffey Bridge, Sandy Beach, Sugar Bottom, and West Overlook boat ramps. Lake MacBride Boat Ramp which is managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources also remains closed. West Overlook Recreation Area campsites 61-89 and Sugar Bottom Recreation Area campsites 156-181 and 192-214 as well as the campground boat ramp at Sugar Bottom also remain closed.
Published: 9/19/2018