Lake Red Rock is found along the Des Moines River about 4 miles from Pella, Iowa. Like many Iowa lakes it is actually a 19,000-acre flood control reservoir in Iowa managed by the USCOE. At more than 50,000 acres Red Rock is also Iowa's largest expanse of public lands. The reservoir provides guest with numerous opportunities for outdoor adventure, including camping, hiking and biking, and features nature areas and a visitor information center. Picnic table and public toilets are also among the amenities.
Lake Red Rock is a prime spot for Iowa fishing and there are also excellent fishing opportunities in the river just below the dam. 10 to 12-inch Crappie are common in the spring and white bass are plentiful in the late summer and early fall months. Below the dam anglers can expect to find outstanding spots for catching walleye, channel and flathead catfish, northern pike, and bluegills throughout the year.