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Welcome to Lake Red Rock


Lake Red Rock is Iowa's Largest Lake with over 15,000 acres of water and 35,000 acres of land for your enjoyment.  Located on the Des Moines River just 45 miles southeast and downriver from Des Moines, the reservoir collects runoff and and drainage from over 12,320 square miles of Iowa and southern Minnesota land.  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.


Red Rock Dam in winter
Red Rock Dam in winter
Red Rock Dam in winter
Bald Eagle in tree
Bald Eagle in tree
Bald Eagle in tree
Father and Son with Fish
Father and son with fish
Father and Son with Fish
children sledding
children sledding
children sledding
Man walking dog on Volksweg Trail
Man Walking Dog on trail
The Volksweg Trail offers over 14 miles of hiking/biking paths that wind through woodlands, prairies, and parks.

Latest News

Firewood Permits Available
Recent tree removals have our wood cutting locations fully stocked, and a new standing timber location has been added to our cutting areas. To obtain a permit, stop by the Corps of Engineers business office (south side of the Red Rock Dam). Office hours are Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Maps of the areas and wood locations will be provided.
Published: 1/3/2019
Lake Red Rock Update
On Monday, October 8, the South Overlook boat ramp will be closed until further notice due to rising lake levels. The portion of the Volksweg Trail around the Marina Cove bay will also be closed. Boat ramps that are currently open include those at the Whitebreast Recreation Area, Marina Cove and Elk Rock State Park (just off of Highway 14) for lake access, and Howell Station Landing for river access below the dam. Please note that parking areas at the Marina Cove ramp are very limited during times of high water. For the most current lake level, dam outflow and forecast information, check out www.rivergages.com. If you have questions, please contact the US Army Corps of Engineers at (641) 828-7522 or (641) 628-8690.
Published: 10/7/2018
New Hunting Map Available
A new version of the Red Rock Area Hunting Map is available! The file is available online at www.lakeredrock.org, and hard copies are available at the Red Rock Visitor Center. The map update was completed in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. For more information, please call the Corps of Engineers office at (641) 828-7522 or via email at lakeredrock@usace.army.mil.
Published: 4/17/2018

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