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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.

Lake Red Rock is a wildlife watchers' paradise with opportunities to see deer, waterfowl, songbirds, and more.
When snow is abundant, kids enjoy sledding down the hill by the Red Rock Visitor Center.
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.
Snowshoeing is a popular hike activity in the winter months at Lake Red Rock
Bald Eagles along Des Moines River
Red Sandstone bluffs along Lake Red Rock's northwest shore

Latest News

Ivans Campground Reservable in 2020
In response to customer feedback to increase reservation options at Lake Red Rock, the Corps of Engineers is modifying the reservation process for the Ivans Recreation Area located just downstream of...
Utility Work at Lake Red Rock
Due to water line utility upgrades, the Whitebreast Recreation Area will close September 9th for the remainder of the season. Water line utilities will also be upgraded at the South Tailwater...
Saylorville Lake and Lake Red Rock Operating Under Newly Updated Water Control Plans
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...