Coralville Lake offers over 5,000 acres of water for pleasure boating and water-skiing. Boat ramps for registered campers are located in West Overlook and Sugar Bottom Campgrounds and Sandy Beach Day Use Areas. Boat ramps for non-campers are located at Mehaffey Bridge, West Overlook Day Use, and Sandy Beach Day Use. The Tailwater East campground has a boat ramp for access to the Iowa River below the dam. There is a fee to use these areas. See below for further information.

Registered campers may launch at any of the boat ramps free of charge with their orange permit displayed in the vehicle window.


Swimming beaches are located on Coralville Lake at the Sugar Bottom Day Use, Sandy Beach Day Use, and West Overlook Day Use recreation areas. These beaches are all open to the public for swimming. The Sugar Bottom Day Use beach, which is located by the mountain bike trail is free. There is a fee to use these areas. See below for further information.

The Sugar Bottom Campground beach is for registered campers only. **Sugar Bottom Campground Beach is closed through the remainder of the 2022 recreation season.

Alcohol is not allowed on any of the swimming beaches at Coralville Lake.

Registered campers may swim at a designated beach free of charge with their orange permit displayed in the vehicle window.


Day users can either purchase a daily pass or an annual pass. The daily pass is $5.00/non-commerical vehicle; $20.00/bus or commerical vehicle; and $2.00/adult for walk-in or bike in. Childred under 16 years old are free.

A Corps of Engineers Annual Pass may be purchased for $40.00. This pass is valid at Corps operated day use areas only. The pass is valid for 12 month after date of purchase.

Holders of the America The Beautiful Senior and America The Beautiful Access Passes are entitled to free day use and 50% camping discount. 

The US Army Corps of Engineers and Coralville Lake Marina are sponsoring a life jacket loan program at Coralville Lake. This program was started during the summer of 2003.

Various sized life jackets for children weighing under 90 pounds are available for loan free of charge.

Individuals wishing to use a life jacket at any of the four beaches or while participating at any water related activities at Coralville Lake can pick one up at the Coralville Lake Visitor Center or by contacting a park ranger. Remember there is no charge - it's free!

Adults who sign out a life jacket for their child or children will need to present a current driver's license in order to secure a life jacket.

Life jackets will be returned to the visitor center, one of the entrance stations or to a park ranger when finished for the day.

If you would like more information on this program, please feel free to call our office at (319) 338-3543 ext. 6300 or email