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Update (May 23, 2024, 5:13 p.m.): Highway T15 over the Red Rock Dam is open to traffic. All of the Corps managed campgrounds are now open for the recreation season.  For site-specific details on the status of Lake Red Rock's recreation areas, Click HERE


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.


Scenic View of Lake Red Rock's Shoreline
Large flocks of white pelicans migrate through the Red Rock area in spring and fall, and they can often be seen in protected coves on the lake and along the river below the dam.
The North Overlook Campground features a new six-plex family style restroom/shower house, playground, access to the 17-mile Volksweg paved bike trail, and much more! For campsite availability and to make reservations, please visit or call toll free 1-877-444-6777.
Lake Red Rock is a wildlife watchers' paradise with opportunities to see deer, waterfowl, songbirds, and more.
Lake Red Rock offers visitors amazing sunset views
Duck Hunter wearing a life jacket
Bikers on Volksweg Trail
The Red Rock Visitor Center is located on the south side of the Red Rock Dam. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
The Red Rock Visitor Center is open Mon.-Fri. from 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Sat./Sun. from 12:00-4:00 p.m.
The South Tailwater Recreation Area is a popular spot for shoreline fishing.
Family sitting on bench watching river in South Tailwater
The popular day use area is now open for fishing, picnicking and other day use activities. The section of the Volksweg Trail through this park has also reopened for hiking and biking.

Latest News

Lake Red Rock Beaches Reopened
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, has reopened North Overlook and Whitebreast beaches at Lake Red Rock...
High Water to Close Lake Red Rock Beaches July 3
Due to rising water levels, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, will close North Overlook and Whitebreast beaches starting July 3. The closures will remain in place until swim...
Portion of Volksweg Trail at Lake Red Rock closed for repairs
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, has temporarily closed a small section of the Volksweg Trail at Lake Red Rock for repairs. The closure impacts the trail located near the pond