Two of the five large “tainter” gates at Lake Red Rock have been opened to release water from the reservoir. The lake had briefly begun to recede before another heavy round of weekend rains began pushing the lake’s level to near record levels. The all-time high water mark at Lake Red Rock came in July of 1993, when the water crested at 782.67 feet.
Predictions are for the lake to rise to near 781 feet by the weekend, with the in-flow estimated to peak at 70,000 cubic feet per second, and the out-flow at the dam to be increased to 60,000 cubic feet per second.
Stay tuned to KNIA/KRLS for updated lake levels and forecasts as soon as they become official.
A trio of outdoor sports will highlight an event known as “Red Rock Fest” Tuesday evening. The event includes a 5k run and walk, kayaking adventure and a stair climb race to the top of Cordova Tower. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and picnic materials as well, and grilled burgers and other snacks will also be for sale.
Registration for the 5k is $25 and includes a t-shirt while supplies last. The tower race costs $8 to enter, or $5 if the participant also registers for the 5k. Registration for each activity can be done up until fifteen minutes prior to the event.
Red Rock Fest begins at 5:15 p.m. and will end at around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night. The event is being held at Cordova Park on the north side of Lake Red Rock. To find out more, visit www.LakeRedRock.org or call 628-8690 or 828-7522.
With warm weather in the forecast and an extended weekend on many people’s calendars, it’s expected to be a busy time for boating this Memorial Day weekend at many of Iowa’s lakes, including Lake Red Rock.