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.


Environmental stewardship rangers and maintenance staff conduct prescribed burns as a management tool to remove old plant material and woody growth that competes with a prairie's warmer season species.
The Volksweg Trail offers over 14 miles of hiking/biking paths that wind through woodlands, prairies, and parks.

Latest News

Lake Red Rock Update
3/22/2019
On Friday, March 22, the South Overlook boat ramp is closed until further notice due to rising lake levels. The portion of the Volksweg Trail around the Marina Cove bay is also closed. Boat ramps...
Please Stay Off The Ice
2/4/2019
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Red Rock are warning visitors to stay off the ice. Ice conditions are unstable due to rising lake levels, fluctuating temperatures, and rain and snow. Ice on...
Firewood Permits Available
1/3/2019
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...