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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.


Red Rock Dam in winter
Red Rock Dam in winter
Red Rock Dam in winter
Bald Eagle in tree
Bald Eagle in tree
Bald Eagle in tree
Father and Son with Fish
Father and son with fish
Father and Son with Fish
children sledding
children sledding
children sledding
Man walking dog on Volksweg Trail
Man Walking Dog on trail
The Volksweg Trail offers over 14 miles of hiking/biking paths that wind through woodlands, prairies, and parks.

Latest News

Please Stay Off The Ice
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 reservoirs is extra dangerous due to the water constantly moving beneath the ice’s surface, and the reservoir’s water level also fluctuates daily causing the ice to weaken. Please use extreme caution along the shoreline and do not go out onto the ice.
Published: 2/4/2019
Firewood Permits Available
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 office (south side of the Red Rock Dam). Office hours are Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Maps of the areas and wood locations will be provided.
Published: 1/3/2019
Volksweg Trail Expansion Project
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 Cordova. The Volksweg Trail was started in the early 1990's as part of the Des Moines Recreational River and Greenbelt Project. Currently, it is a fourteen mile paved path that winds along the north side of Lake Red Rock, below the Red Rock Dam, and into the City of Pella. The Corps of Engineers is excited to extend this very popular trail to provide additional recreational opportunities for our visitors and local communities! Work on the extension project is anticipated to begin in Spring 2018.
Published: 10/30/2017

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