US Army Corps of Engineers
Rock Island District Website

Firewood and Mulch Permits

Firewood and Mulch permits are available during normal business hours at the Lake Red Rock administrative office located on the South side of the dam. Permittees will need to carry a copy of the permit while cutting or gathering mulch.

Firewood cutting permits are free of charge. These permits are valid for two months. Firewood cutting areas are located in South Tailwater Recreation Area, Whitebreast Beach, 180th Ave, North Overlook Beach, Competine Creek and the Black Forest off of HWY S-71. Maps are available at the administrative office. People interested in permits are encouraged to visit the sites before obtaining a permit to ensure the quantity at the location in which they want to cut.

Driftwood permits are valid for two months and are also free of charge. Permittee may only access driftwood via established access points and driftwood can only be taken from USACE managed grounds. Maps are available at the administrative office.

Mulch Permits are available for free and are valid for a two months. Availability and locations of wood chips varies widely throughout the year. There is no maximum for the amount of wood chips that can be taken. Please contact the administrative office at 641-828-7522 for location and availability of wood chips.