Lake Activities

There are many lake activities that you are able to participate in for adults, as well as for children! Take a look at our recent posts about boating, fishing, trails, etc., Below, you can learn more about what our kids outdoors program has to offer.

Kids Outdoors Program

The Kids Outdoors Program has a goal to offer experiences to improve physical and mental health, encourage environmental stewardship and educate on recreational safety. For years the Army Corps of Engineers has offered great educational programs to area visitors and area school classrooms. This new program is geared to leverage those great human resources the Corps offers with do-it-yourself recreational resources.

The Kids Outdoors Program will offer the following key components:

  • Programming providing by the Corps and/or area topical experts
  • An area around Lake Red Rock to practice what you have learned – Iowa’s largest lake and public land base
  • Equipment to check out to trial your new recreational and get your kid’s outdoors!

We began this program late summer 2009 with a couple activities – snow shoeing and adventure packs. How it works: The Corp publishes an annual activities guides in which you can attend any of these programs with your families for free.
While at the program you will be hear from an engaging Park Ranger, learn how to safely perform the recreation topic and get some tips on how to do it on your own. From there you can go to the Red Rock Visitor Center (located just south of the dam) and check out the equipment to trial the activity.

Current equipment to check out is:

  • Bird Watching Backpacks – thanks to the support of HyVeein 2009
  • Pond Exploration Kits
  • Snow Shoes

Equipment check out plans (we are looking for sponsors so please let us know if you are interested):

    • Cache-in at Red Rock – Geochaching
    • Youth Fishing Packs
    • Youth Bow & Arrow Kits
    • Kayaks
    • Disc Golf
    • Photography Packs

If you would like to learn more about this program you can contact Tracy Spry at 641-828-7522.
Wish Child Makes More Wishes Come True

The 3rd annual Red Rock Red Nose Ice Fishing Tournament HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO BAD CONDITIONS. The Showman family has partnered with Matt Kissinger and the Red Rock Lake Association to hold the event. Nick Showman, age 9 from Pella, had the idea to hold a fishing tournament to find a way for other kids to get the chance to go on their own wish after he received his wish in 2010.
Make-A-Wish Iowa is celebrating 25 years of wish granting and has granted more than 2,500 wishes in the state of Iowa. A wish is granted in our state every other day and 82 cents of every dollar donated goes directly toward granting wishes. The organization grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. A wish come true helps children feel stronger and more willing and able to battle their illnesses. For more information, visit and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.

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