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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.
Prescribed Burns: A Valuable Management Tool
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.
Red Sandstone bluffs along Lake Red Rock's northwest shore
Red Rocks at Lake Red Rock
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.
Family camping at Howell Station Campground
Howell Station Campground is popular with fishing enthusiasts, bikers, hikers and those just looking for a relaxing place to camp and enjoy nature.
Observation Deck at Red Rock Visitor Center
Observation Deck at Red Rock Visitor Center
The observation deck at the Red Rock Visitor Center offers fantastic views of the lake and the Red Rock Dam.
Turkey photo by Ron Huelse
Turkey
Wild turkey are often spotted in Red Rock's woodlands. Spring is a great time to listen for their calls!
View of Fall Foliage from Cordova Tower
Fantastic Lake View
Climb Cordova Park's observation tower for a stunning view of the lake!
Paddling on Roberts Creek
Paddling on Roberts Creek
Paddling on Roberts Creek

Latest News

Lake Red Rock Update
On Monday, October 8, the South Overlook boat ramp will be closed until further notice due to rising lake levels. The portion of the Volksweg Trail around the Marina Cove bay will also be closed. Boat ramps that are currently open include those at the Whitebreast Recreation Area, Marina Cove and Elk Rock State Park (just off of Highway 14) for lake access, and Howell Station Landing for river access below the dam. Please note that parking areas at the Marina Cove ramp are very limited during times of high water. For the most current lake level, dam outflow and forecast information, check out www.rivergages.com. If you have questions, please contact the US Army Corps of Engineers at (641) 828-7522 or (641) 628-8690.
Published: 10/7/2018
Corps Temporarily Modifies Saylorville and Red Rock Reservoir Water Control Plans
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, will initiate temporary modifications to the water control plans at Saylorville and Red Rock reservoirs.
Published: 4/26/2018
New Hunting Map Available
A new version of the Red Rock Area Hunting Map is available! The file is available online at www.lakeredrock.org, and hard copies are available at the Red Rock Visitor Center. The map update was completed in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. For more information, please call the Corps of Engineers office at (641) 828-7522 or via email at lakeredrock@usace.army.mil.
Published: 4/17/2018

Water Control Plan Update

Click on the Photo Above to Learn More about the Des Moines River Basin Master Reservoir Regulation Manual Update