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Most recreation areas at Lake Red Rock are now open. Click HERE for site-specific details.


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.


Sledding on the hill by the Red Rock Visitor Center offers a fun way to get outdoors with the kids and get rid of cabin fever!
Sledding on the hill by the visitor center is a fun activity after a good snowfall
Duck Hunter wearing a life jacket
Bald Eagles along Des Moines River
The Red Rock Dam sporting a snowy coat in winter
Lake Red Rock is a wildlife watchers' paradise with opportunities to see deer, waterfowl, songbirds, and more.
Lake Red Rock offers visitors amazing sunset views
Due to COVID-19 precautions, no Corps sponsored programs or activities will be held at Lake Red Rock until further notice.
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

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