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To protect against the further spread of COVID-19, many recreation areas have been closed. Click HERE for more info. 

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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.


 

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.
When you head out on the water, please wear your life jacket! Even the best swimmers can get in trouble, and you may not have time to put them on in an emergency!
Bikers on Volksweg Trail
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.
Family sitting on bench watching river in South Tailwater
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.

Latest News

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Preventative COVID-19 Closures
3/18/2020
ROCK ISLAND, Illinois - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District has closed all visitor centers, beaches, day use areas and project offices to the public. Boat ramps and trails will...
Save Our Streams Workshop Postponed
2/12/2020
(Knoxville, Iowa) –  The Save Our Streams (SOS) Workshop scheduled for Saturday, April 4th has been postponed until further notice. For more information, please contact SOS Coordinator Zach Moss:...
Saylorville Lake and Lake Red Rock Operating Under Newly Updated Water Control Plans
4/29/2019
ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District has updated the Des Moines River Basin Master Regulation Manual and, as a result, now operates Saylorville Lake and Lake...