Why Join?


The Red Rock Lake Association has been making an impact at Lake Red Rock in Iowa for decades. Lake Red Rock is a one-of-a-kind resource that provides a great lifestyle for area families, is a fun attraction for visitors and assists in growing local economies.

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Crappie Fishing Tournament


Fishin’ for Nick
Crappie Fishing Tournament
Benefiting Make-A-Wish® Iowa

Fish by Boat or by Shore!

 Location: Lake Red Rock – Pella, Iowa Date:  April 28, 2012

Time:  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Registration starts at 6:00 a.m. located at Elk Rock boat ramp, south side of the mile long bridge on Hwy 14)

Entry Fee: $25 per person before April 28th, $30 per person day of registration

Cash Prizes Awarded:  1st $300, 2nd $150, 3rd $100

Be sure to enter into our BIG FISH POOL for an additional $10 day of the event

Lake Red Rock will be hosting the Fishin’ for Nick Crappie Fishing Tournament to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa.  Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.  To sign up for the tournament and view the official tournament rules please click here. For more information, please contact Matt Kissinger at 641-416-0247 or Steve Showman at 641-777-9221.

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Balloon Fest 2012


Come join in on the fun! Balloon Fest 2012 will take place July 13th – 15th. The balloons will launch a total of five times throughout the weekend. The favorite, Night Glow will take place on Saturday evening at 9:00 PM. Additional activities will include:

  • A live band at North Overlook,
  • An outdoor movie at South Overlook,
  • A family Geo-caching event,
  • Sand sculpting,
  • Pancake breakfast at North Overlook Beach and a 5K run/ walk fundraiser hosted by Pella High and Knoxville High Cross Country,
  • Kayak training.
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We want to hear about you visit!

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.

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Bird Banding






On Saturday, April 21, join Nelson Hoskins, area birdwatcher and licensed bird bander, to experience what the science of bird banding is all about!Mist nets will be set up around the Red Rock Visitor Center to capture small birds which will then be fitted with numbered leg bands to track their movement (if recaptured at some point in the future). Come check out the thrill of seeing live birds “in hand” as they are banded for future research! The activity is free of charge, and no reservations are needed. Come anytime from 7:00 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. to experience the action! For more information, contact the Corps of Engineers office at (631) 828-7522 or (641) 628-8690.

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Spring and Summer programs now posted.

Lake Red Rock’s spring and summer program calendar of events is now available! More actives will be added along the way, so be sure to check back for additional information.  Click here for the link and then click on “2012 Calendar of Events” tab on the right.


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Ask the Corps.

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.

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Master Plan Questionnaire


The Corps of Engineers and the Red Rock Lake Association would like to have you help us.  Please complete the MASTER PLAN questionnaire to provide your ideas.  Click here for complete details and questionnaire.

Thank You

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Red Rock Lake Association announces the Gladys Black Eagle Cam project as a collaborative effort to enhance knowledge about eagles in the Red Rock Area.The eagle cam will provide live online streaming video and become an educational opportunity.

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Firewood for Sale at Select Parks This Summer

The Red Rock Lake Association will be offering firewood for sale in the Howell Station and Roberts Creek West Campgrounds this recreation season (Memorial Day to Labor Day). Wood will be sold in bundles for $5.00 each. This new amenity is being coordinated through an agreement between the Association and the Corps of Engineers, Marion County Conservation Board and a local wood supplier. If the first year’s test is successful, the Association may consider expanding the service into other lake area parks.

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