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Some recreation areas at Lake Red Rock have been reopened for public use. Click HERE for details on specific sites. 


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 this summer.
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

Corps of Engineers Suspends Collection of Day Use Fees, Campground Closures Continue until June 1
ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District has suspended the collection of day use fees until Oct. 1. These suspended fees apply to all open recreation areas within...
Corps of Engineers to Reopen Day Use Areas at Lake Red Rock
KNOXVILLE, Iowa – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District announces a partial reopening of several day use areas at Lake Red Rock....
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Extends Closures Due to COVID-19
ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – Due to the ongoing concerns related to the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District has extended its recreation area closures through May 31. ...