Lake Red Rock

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Lake Red Rock

Iowa

(641) 828-7522

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Overview

Lake Red Rock is Iowa's largest lake and is just 10 minutes from Pella, known for its Dutch heritage and 15 minutes from Knoxville, Sprintcar Capital of the World. Lake Red Rock offers camping; shoreline fishing; interpretive programs and access to a paved 13-mile hiking/biking trail. White pelicans migrate through the lake area every spring and fall and large numbers of bald eagles are observed during winter months. A State wildlife management area provides refuge and public hunting.

Map of Lake Red Rock

Latitude, Longitude: 41.415955, -93.080292

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating and fishing are two of the most popular pastimes at Red Rock Lake. As of October 2010, all of the boat ramps on Lake Red Rock are closed due to drawdown impacts on ramps. This includes the boat ramps at Whitebreast, South Overlook, Marina Cove, Cordova and Elk Rock State Park.

  • Bicycling

    Lake Red Rock provides access to a paved 13-mile hiking/biking trail.

  • Camping

    The US Army Corps of Engineers maintains and operates five campgrounds at Lake Red Rock for your enjoyment! Camping is also available at Elk Rock State Park, which is managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. In addition, the Marion County Conservation Board manages two campgrounds at Roberts Creek County Park. The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation has set out to purchase and restore 47 acres of oak-hickory woodland near Whitebreast Recreation Area that will provide a new destination for primitive camping and nature enjoyment.

  • Fishing

    Shoreline fishing is available at Lake Red Rock, which is filled with crappie and white bass.

  • Hiking

    Lake Red Rock provides access to a paved 13-mile hiking/biking trail.

  • Horseback Riding

    Elk Rock State Park offers 13 miles of nature trail to explore on foot, bike, or horseback.

  • Hunting

    Lake Red Rock is Iowa 's largest lake and includes the state's largest expanse of public land encompassing over 50,000 acres. Woodlands, rocky bluffs, wetlands and sandy beaches provide homes to hundreds of wildlife species.

  • Picnicking

    icnic shelter reservations can be made in advance for your convenience. To make shelter reservations, please call the Lake Red Rock Project Office at 641-828-7522 Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Picnic shelters available for reservation are:

    * Shelters #1, #2, #3, and #4 in the Fifield Recreation Area * Both shelters in the South Overlook Recreation Area * The Whitebreast Point shelter in Whitebreast Recreation Area * North Overlook shelter

  • RVing

    The US Army Corps of Engineers maintains and operates five campgrounds at Lake Red Rock for your enjoyment! Camping is also available at Elk Rock State Park, which is managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. In addition, the Marion County Conservation Board manages two campgrounds at Roberts Creek County Park. The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation has set out to purchase and restore 47 acres of oak-hickory woodland near Whitebreast Recreation Area that will provide a new destination for primitive camping and nature enjoyment.

  • Water Sports

    Hickory Ridge Primitave campground is a great site for water sports. Canoeists and kayakers will especially enjoy the site for weekend outings on the lake. Scouts and other youth groups will come to camp, practice orienteering or learn to kayak. The North Overlook and Whitebreast Beaches are closed. A commercial marina is also located at the lake. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy the lake's large size and restriction-free motor boating, making it an ideal place for water skiing or just cruising the waves. Sailing is another favorite activity, and the local yacht club hosts races and regattas at Lake Red Rock all summer long.

  • Winter Sports

    Please contact park services for more information.

Directions

Driving

4 mi SW of Pella on County Rd. T15.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(641) 828-7522

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