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.


Hepatica are often one of the first wildflowers to be seen in the spring. They can usually be observed in late March along the Volksweg Trail hillside near Ivans Campground.
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.
Observation Deck at Red Rock Visitor Center
The Volksweg Trail offers over 14 miles of hiking/biking paths that wind through woodlands, prairies, and parks.

Latest News

Lake Red Rock Update: March 28, 2019
3/28/2019
Lake Red Rock crested on March 27th at 765.1 feet above sea level (normal level is 742 feet above sea level). To track lake and river forecasts, please visit www.rivergages.com.The South Overlook boat...
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...
Volksweg Trail Expansion Project
10/30/2017
The US Army Corps of Engineers will be extending the Volksweg Trail 2.6 miles from the trailhead at Robert’s Creek west to Cordova Park. A new trailhead with parking lot is also planned at...