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Most recreation areas at Lake Red Rock are now open. Click HERE for site-specific details.

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Welcome to Lake Red Rock


Lake Red Rock is Iowa's largest lake with more than 15,000 acres of water and 35,000 acres of land for visitors to enjoy. Located on the Des Moines River just 45 miles southeast, and downriver, of the city of Des Moines, Iowa, the reservoir collects runoff and and drainage from a 12,320 square-mile area in Iowa and southern Minnesota. This protects communities and agriculture lands downstream from the Red Rock Dam. The maximum flood control pool is 780 feet above sea level, over 33 miles long, and covers 65,500 acres. Other lake area benefits include numerous recreational opportunities and natural resources on the water and surrounding public lands.


 

Due to COVID-19 precautions, no Corps sponsored programs or activities will be held at Lake Red Rock until further notice.
The South Tailwater Recreation Area is a popular spot for shoreline fishing.
If you’re finding it hard to estimate what exactly 6-feet looks like, here are Bobber the Water Safety Dog and a USACE park ranger using some common recreational items to help you determine the appropriate distance you should keep from other people. #ResponsibleRecreation
When you head out on the water, please wear your life jacket! Even the best swimmers can get in trouble, and you may not have time to put them on in an emergency!
Bikers on Volksweg Trail
Family sitting on bench watching river in South Tailwater
Red Sandstone bluffs along Lake Red Rock's northwest shore
Howell Station Campground is popular with fishing enthusiasts, bikers, hikers and those just looking for a relaxing place to camp and enjoy nature.

Latest News

North Overlook Picnic Shelter Reservable for 2021 Recreation Season
9/21/2020
KNOXVILLE, Iowa -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District has reopened the North Overlook Picnic Shelter for reservations for the 2021 recreation season. The shelter was...
North Tailwater Recreation Area to reopen below Lake Red Rock Dam
9/14/2020
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District will reopen for public use the North Tailwater Recreation Area below Lake Red Rock Dam Oct. 1. The area has been closed since Fall 2014 due to...
Volksweg Trail Extension Now Open to Cordova Park
8/12/2020
The newest section of the Volksweg Trail at Lake Red Rock is now complete and open to the public.  This extension adds an additional 2.5 miles of trail from the Roberts Creek trailhead west to Cordova...