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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.


 

This jet skier received a free beach towel when he was "Caught" wearing his life jacket. Towels were provided by The Corps Foundation.
The Red Rock Visitor Center reopened to the public on May 1, 2021. Hours of operation will be Mon-Fri 7:30-4:00 and Sat-Sun from 12:00-4:00.
Campers: Please note that only credit cards will be accepted for payment of camping and other recreation fees. No cash payments will be accepted.
This Jet Skier "Got Caught" wearing her life jacket on Lake Red Rock and received a free beach towel courtesy of The Corps Foundation. Thanks for being safe!
The Red Rock Visitor Center is open Mon.-Fri. from 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Sat.-Sun. from 12:00-4:00 p.m. (weekend hours March-October only)
Due to COVID-19 precautions, no Corps sponsored programs or activities will be held at Lake Red Rock until further notice.
Boaters caught wearing their life jackets
The South Tailwater Recreation Area is a popular spot for shoreline fishing.
Lake Red Rock offers visitors amazing sunset views
Family sitting on bench watching river in South Tailwater
The popular day use area is now open for fishing, picnicking and other day use activities. The section of the Volksweg Trail through this park has also reopened for hiking and biking.

Latest News

Army Corps of Engineers promotes water safety this summer season
5/3/2021
Warmer weather is almost here and that means millions of Americans will be planning visits to our nation’s lakes and rivers. As the steward of many of these public waters, the U.S. Army Corps of...
North Overlook Campground at Lake Red Rock to close for portion of 2021 season for construction
10/7/2020
In order to inform those who may be planning 2021 camping trips, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District announces that it will close the North Overlook Campground at Lake Red Rock from...
North Overlook Picnic Shelter Reservable for 2021 Recreation Season
9/21/2020
KNOXVILLE, Iowa -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District has reopened the North Overlook Picnic Shelter for reservations for the 2021 recreation season. The shelter was...