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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.


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 is now open again to the public! The park features a new six-plex family style restroom/shower house. The campground will be open this season until October 4th. For campsite availability and to make reservations, please visit or call toll free 1-877-444-6777
Adult boaters "caught" wearing their life jackets on and around the water may receive a free beach towel courtesy of The Corps Foundation.
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. and Saturday-Sunday from 12:00-4:00 p.m. (weekend hours March-October)
This jet skier received a free beach towel when he was "Caught" wearing his life jacket. Towels were provided by The Corps Foundation.
Campers: Please note that only credit cards will be accepted for payment of camping and other recreation fees. No cash payments will be accepted.
This Jet Skier "Got Caught" wearing her life jacket on Lake Red Rock and received a free beach towel courtesy of The Corps Foundation. Thanks for being safe!
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. (weekend hours March-October only)
Boaters caught wearing their life jackets
The South Tailwater Recreation Area is a popular spot for shoreline fishing.
Lake Red Rock offers visitors amazing sunset views
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

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to resume collection of day use recreation fees October 1
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it will resume the collection of fees at its day use recreation areas beginning October 1. Fee collections were suspended earlier this year when...
North Tailwater Recreation Area to reopen below Lake Red Rock Dam
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
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...