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Coralville Lake


Recreation Opportunities

Camping: **June 16, 2020 - Coralville Lake campgrounds are open.  Reservations are required for all campers and can be made on the same day as arrival.  The best place to make, modify, or cancel a reservation is online through the website. The Contact Center has re-opened and Customer Service Representatives are available from 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM EST, Monday - Saturday. Chat support through the website is also available. Please be aware that there will be longer than normal wait times as staff are limited in order to comply with CDC health guidelines.**  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

Picnicking: **June 19, 2020 - Coralville Lake picnic shelters are open on a first-come, first-served basis.  Shelter reservations are not being accepted.**  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.

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 public swimming beaches at Sugar Bottom Day Use and West Overlook Day Use. There are NO lifeguards provided and all swimming is at your own risk.  NO alcohol is allowed on any Coralville Lake swimming beaches. There is a beach at the Sugar Bottom Campground for registered campers.

Annual Day Use Pass - **May 7, 2020 - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Coralville Lake has suspended the collection of day use fees and sale of Annual Passes through October 1, 2020.  For those who have previously purchased annual passes for the year, the Corps intends to extend the expiration date of annual passes effected by the closures and user fee suspensions.  The length of the extension will depend on the duration of the suspension and will be determined at a later date.**  The daily fee to use beaches and boat ramps is $5.00/non-commercial vehicle; $20.00/bus or commercial vehicle; and $2.00/adult for walk-in or bike-in.  An Annual Pass may be purchased for $40.  Children under 16 years old are free.  America the Beautiful or Golden pass holders are also free.  Information on discount passes can be found by following this link,

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:  A nine-hole disc golf course is located at Turkey Creek near the Coralville Dam and another 18 hole course is located at Sugar Bottom Day Use area north of North Liberty, Iowa.

Trails: There are approximately 20 miles of trail located around Coralville Lake.  The trails range from barrier free, hard surfaces to natural surfaces and mountain bike trails. 

For area or facility maps, please visit the Maps and Resources page.