US Army Corps of Engineers
Rock Island District

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.


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.
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.
Observation Deck at Red Rock Visitor Center
The Volksweg Trail offers over 14 miles of hiking/biking paths that wind through woodlands, prairies, and parks.

Latest News

Lake Red Rock Update - May 18, 2019
5/18/2019
The South Overlook boat ramp is closed until further notice due to high water. The portion of the Volksweg Trail around the Marina Cove bay is also closed. Boat ramps that are currently usable for...
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...
Lake Red Rock Update: April 25, 2019
4/25/2019
KNOXVILLE, Iowa - The South Overlook boat ramp has reopened for use. The portion of the Volksweg Trail around the Marina Cove bay is has also reopened for bikers and hikers. Wallashuck, North...