US Army Corps of Engineers
Rock Island District

Coralville Lake


Recreation Opportunities

DAY USE: Picnic shelters are available at various locations around Coralville Lake. The following shelters are availble for advanced reservations:  East Overlook Round #3, East Overlook Square #4, Sugar Bottom Day Use #39, Tailwater West #9, Turkey Creek #7. The West Overlook Day Use #17 is not reservable and is only available on a first come first serve basis.  For advanced shelter reservations, please go to and search for the name of the shelter to make your reservation.

BIRDING: Coralville Lake offers a variety of habitats and is a popular birding location. To learn more about Iowa birds and birding go to

Disc Golf:  One nine-hole course is located at Turkey Creek near the Coralville Dam and the other is an 18 hole course located at Sugar Bottom Day Use area north of North Liberty, Iowa.

Camping: The Dam Complex, Sandy Beach and Sugar Bottom Campgrounds offer more than 500 camping sites at Coralville Lake. To make reservations call toll free at 1-877-444-6777 or visit For questions about the campgrounds and campsites please call (319) 338-3543 ext. 6300 or send an email to

Mountain Biking: The Sugar Bottom Mountain Bike Trail has nearly 10 miles of one-way trails that wind through wooded valleys and prairies with beautiful views overlooking Coralville Lake. This trail is located at the Sugar Bottom Day Use Area. For a status on the trail, go to or call (319) 626-1160 for a recorded message.

Boating: Coralville Lake has more than 5,000 acres of water for pleasure boating, water skiing and fishing. Before you launch, be sure to check out current lake levels at

Beaches: There are two designated swimming beaches, Sandy Beach Day Use and West Overlook Day Use. There are NO lifeguards provided and all swimming is at your own risk. There is a beach at the Sugar Bottom Campground for registered campers and a free beach at Sugar Bottom Day Use for anyone, which is located by the mountain bike trail and disc golf course.

Annual Day Use Pass - Effective January 1, 2016, new day use fees will go into effect. Day users will still be able to purchase a daily pass. The cost will be $5.00/non-commerical vehicle; $20.00/buss or commerical vehicle; and $2.00/adult for walk-in or bike in. Children under 16 years old will be free.

Annual Pass Order Form

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will sell an Annual Pass for $40. The Annual Pass gives unlimited access to day-use areas at any Corps park nation-wide for one calendar year, and is sold at all Corps projects. Discount passes for recreation fees and camping can be found by following this link,