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Red Rock: The Town Beneath the Lake
Friday, June 14 – 8:00 p.m. – North
Overlook Picnic Shelter
The town of Red Rock was once a thriving, industrious
community and home to many pioneering people. Once hopeful that the Red Rock
Dam would save them from the Des Moines River’s frequent flooding, it ended up
sealing their fate. Join a park ranger to catch a glimpse of this historic
settlement now lying beneath the waters of Lake Red Rock!
Saturday, June 15 – 7:00-10:00 a.m. – Howell Station
Join Nelson Hoskins, area birdwatcher and licensed bird bander, to
experience what the science of bird banding all about! Mist nets will be set up
on the Howell Station Prairie Trail to capture small birds which will then be
fitted with numbered leg bands to track their movements (if recaptured at some
point in the future). Come experience the thrill of seeing live birds “in hand”
as they are banded for future research!
June 15 – 1:00 p.m. – North Overlook Campground (meet at bike trail
Go “mucking” at one of the lake area’s wetlands! Dip nets and tubs
will be available for you to try and catch some of the critters swimming and
crawling in and around the water. Mucking can be messy, so please wear old
shoes and clothes.
Family Time at the Beach
Wednesday, June 19 – 1:00
p.m. – North Overlook Beach
Bring the kids out to the beach for some fun
crafts in the sand! All ages welcome.
Programs are free and no
registration is needed. Activities will be cancelled if raining or inclement
weather. For more information, contact the Corps of Engineers office at (641)
828-7522 or (641) 628-8690.
HOW MUCH FUN IS THIS ?
As you explore, search for items on the ‘scavenger hunt list’ for the trail you are trekking and take a quick photo. Once your adventure is finished, stop by the Red Rock Visitor Center to share your pix with a staff member and track your effort on your Red Rock Trail Trekker Passport. Lake Area and trail maps are available online at www.lakeredrock.org or at the Red Rock Visitor Center.
After you have completed three of the six scavenger hunts, you will earn a 3-in-1 whistle compass thermometer to take out on your next journey, and if you complete all six Trail Trekker Scavenger Hunts, your name will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize: an camel-style backpack! (Program runs Memorial Weekend to Labor Day weekend. Drawing will take place after Labor Day weekend. Winner will be notified.)
Print officialTrail Trekker card and instructions here
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering a Boater Education Course at the Lake Red Rock Visitor Center on Saturday, June 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This is an excellent course to help you brush up on your boating
Requirements, and general rules of the road. The class is
open to beginners as
well as experienced boaters of all ages, and it also
fulfills the state’s boater education
requirement for young boaters 12 up to
18 years old. The course fee is $15.00 for those seeking certification; for
those not needing certification, the course is free of charge. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, contact the Corps of
Engineers at 641-828-7522 or 641-628-8690 or via email at email@example.com.
As the weather starts to warm up, we’re all anxious to get outside and enjoy the
sunshine. Families and friends gather together to enjoy the outdoors, travel on
vacation and spend time on the water – boating, fishing, sailing, and more. It’s
important to remember the safety precautions to take during all of these
recreational water activities.
But, with approximately 500 people
drowning each year from recreational boating accidents, it is imperative to push
the message of “Wear It!”: wear your life jacket at all times while you are on
Throughout the boating season, the National Safe Boating Council is working with
their partner organizations to encourage safe and responsible boating, including
the practice of always wearing a life jacket, and being alert and aware while on
“Accidents on the water can happen much too fast to reach and
put on a stowed life jacket,” said Virgil Chambers, executive director of the
National Safe Boating Council. “It’s important that everyone wears a life jacket
while on the water. There’s no reason why you, your family and friends, can’t
have fun on the water while also choosing to always wear a life
Here are a few boating safety tips to keep in mind this boating
1. No matter what activity you have planned – boating, fishing
sailing, etc. – always remember to wear a life jacket every time you are on the
2. Make sure your life jacket is U.S. Coast Guard-approved and
properly fits. Double check that your life jacket is appropriate for your
favorite boating activities.
3. Life jackets meant for adults do not work
for children. If you are boating with children, make sure they are wearing
properly fitted, child-sized life jackets. Do not buy a life jacket for your
child to “grow into.”
U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was
the reported cause of death in three-fourths of recreational boating fatalities
in 2010, and that 88 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.
That’s why boating safety advocates continue to push for increased and
consistent life jacket wear on the water.
“A life jacket can’t save your
life unless you “Wear It!,” continued Chambers. “With today’s variety of
comfortable, stylish life jackets, there’s a life jacket for everyone – even our
four-legged friends! No matter the water activity or life jacket style chosen -
and always remember to ‘Wear It!’”
So you can swim…but for how long and how far? While trying to put your life
jacket on? While you’re unconscious? While helping your kids or friends?
It is best to always WEAR a life jacket-even if you can swim. Today, not all
life jackets are big, bulky, and uncomfortable. They come in a variety of
styles, sizes, and colors. Find one that fits you and is right for the
activities you will be enjoying. Life jackets have saved the lives of many
people including those who capsized in rough water, were injured in a
boating collision, and those who were unable to swim because of heavy,
waterlogged clothes. Take time to double-check your safety equipment before
getting on the water and have a great time enjoying all the recreation opportunities available this Memorial Day Weekend!
Welcome spring 2013! We are looking foward to another adventure filled year at LAKE RED ROCK. With expanded events and attractions this years Red Rock Balloon Fest is growing to be one of the areas most exciting summer happenings. Please visit back for further developing details.
Lake Red Rock Balloon fest 5K & 10K FUNdraiser Run
For Knoxville and Pella Community High Cross Country Teams
Held in conjunction with Lake Red Rock Balloon Fest
July 13th at 8:00 A.M. North Overlook Beach
The run 5K & 10K race starts at North Overlook Beach and will follow the Volksweg Trail to below the dam. The 5KRoute is mostly hard surface, certain locations are gravel, suitable for jogging strollers. The 10K Route is a combination of hard surface and soft trail. See map on reverse side for race route and parking. Carpooling is encouraged.
$ 20 per registrant for first three and $10 for each additional family member. Pre- registration deadline is June 28th. T-shirts are only guaranteed to those who pre- register. On-line registration will remain open until July 12th. No refunds.
Please register on line at lakeredrockballoon5k10k by July 12th.
Each registration will receive a pancake breakfast and t-shirt (t-shirts only guaranteed for registrants by June 28th). Race day walk-ins welcome. On-line registration will remain open until July 12th. No refunds. Questions, contact Mike Buchheit at 641-230-1030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Overall champions for male and female 5K and 10K plus one guest will receive a 20
minute airplane flight over the lake. Plus one door prize for a lucky participant and guest will receive a 20 minute airplane flight. Donated by: Knoxville Municipal Airport.
Pancake breakfast will be available for purchase $5 starting at 7:00 A.M. for spectators.
To view Route Map and Flyer click here: Lake Red Rock Balloon Festival 5K Fundraiser Run-full page flyer2-Updated April 2013
The Army Corp of Engineers would like your input concerning ideas and future plans for the Red Rock Lake area. Please view the Focus Areas below and visit www.lakeredrock.org for more information and to send your input. Due to image sizes the pages may load slowly so please be patient.
HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT Healthy Environment Overview What is an ESA MP ESA Red Rock 11×17 Map 1 of 2 11-2012
MP ESA Red Rock 11×17 Map 2 of 2 11-20-12
Healthy Environment Eliminate Invasive Species map
Healthy Environment Main Invaders
Healthy Environment Goal 4
Healthy Environment Public Hunting Acres
Healthy Environment Water Quality and Fisheries
A NATURAL PLACE TO PLAY
A Natural Place to Play Overview
A Natural Place to Play Natural Feel
A Natural Place to Play Volksweg Trail
A Natural Place to Play Water Trail
A Natural Place to Play Marina
A Natural Place to Play Archery
A Natural Place to Play Horse Trails
A Natural Place to Play Soft Trails
A Natural Place to Play Cordova
Connections Habitat Fragmentation
Connections Trail Connections USACE
Connections Surrounding Communities trails
Connections Wayfinding Intersections
Connections Natural Playscapes
Connections Watchable Wildlife
Weekends- 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
For more information, contact the Corps at (641) 828-7522 or (641) 628-8690.
Lake Association Members: As a special perk of your support, we’re providing you this sneak peek at the next “Ask the Corps” article (to be published in the Pella Chronicle and Knoxville Journal-Express)
If you’ve surfed the web recently and visited Lake Red Rock’s webpage www.lakeredrock.org, you might have noticed our new appearance. The new look is part of the Corps of Engineers directive for all of its facilities to display a more uniform look. Coralville Lake, Saylorville Lake, and Corps areas on the upper Mississippi River all transitioned to the new web format in late October, and more Corps projects nationwide will gradually be converted over time. Continue reading
Greetings! As a special perk of your support, we’re providing you this sneak peek at the next “Ask the Corps” article (to be published in the Pella Chronicle and Knoxville Journal-Express).
The Corps just received a new three dimensional model of the dam showing how it will look once the proposed hydropower plant is completed. Missouri River Energy Services (MRES), the company developing the facility, provided the model to help lake users visualize the project. It will also be used as a teaching aid for agency staff to explain the construction and operation of the new facility. Continue reading
How was your visit to Lake Red Rock? Let us know! With your input, the Corps of Engineers will strive to improve the quality of information, facilities, and services at Lake Red Rock. To fill out the questionnaire please click here.
Get your questions answered! Submit your question under the “Ask the Corps” heading and the Army Corps. at Lake Red Rock may answer. Your question could end up in the newspaper!
How do droughts affect Lake Red Rock?
With the flood events of recent years, people are more familiar with high lake levels and dam outflows at Red Rock; however, the lake and dam have an important job to do during drought conditions as well. To read more, click here.