US Army Corps of Engineers
Rock Island District

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 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

Swimming Not Recommended at North Overlook Beach
8/9/2019
Recent bacterial sampling at the North Overlook Beach at Lake Red Rock has shown elevated bacterial counts. Sampling at the beaches is performed weekly by the Corps of Engineers through a contract...
Enjoy Your Holiday, Play It Safe and Return Home Alive
6/29/2019
Drowning is the Nation’s second leading cause of accidental death, yet it is possible just by wearing a life jacket these drowning deaths can be reduced. Statistics show that 90 percent of those who...
Lake Update: June 22, 2019
6/22/2019
The South Overlook boat ramp reopened this week for lake access, and the section of the Volksweg Trail along Marina Cove also reopened for use.Howell Station Campground, Ivans Campground, South...