U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, Coralville Lake

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, Coralville Lake

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Also, where can we find out about hiking trails? Thank you.
Hi! We are camping for the first time at Sugar Bottom campground. We are older (retired) and have e-bikes. How can we find out about bike trails in the area? We see the mountain bike trails but are cautious. We would like paved bike trails. Hill are no problem. We need to ride from the campground as we brought the e-bikes in our travel trailer. Thanks for your help.
Had a great week exploring the area!! Thanks for the fantastic place to campπŸ•πŸ€˜
Thank you to all the USACE staff who helped us yesterday at SugarBottom. We had a tree fall on our 5th Wheel and your help was greatly appreciated getting it off and removed. While we hoped there was no damage and we could stay for the week, that was not the case. Our camping season has come to an end for the year. So sorry for the work you will have cleaning up. We would have loved to have been able to stay and help. Again, thank you for your immediate attention and help.
Will our Core Camp Grounds be opened on time? I'm ready to camp.
I was down at Sandy beach area and noticed buoys from sandy beach to bobbers, was wondering what they are for?
Boat ramp open at sugar bottom?
Where were the flags this year? We were highly disappointed to see they weren’t up!!
I went through your new automated teller at West Overlook this past weekend and I think you're going to have a problem with long backups on peak days. I have an annual pass so in the past I was able to bypass the line. Now, there is no bypass lane so everybody is going to have to wait even when they have already paid. Traffic could back up all the way to West Overlook road and your annual pass customers will not be happy to wait 20-30 minutes for everybody else in front of them to stop and pay.
Any docks in at boat ramps? How's water level?

Welcome to the official US Army Corps of Engineers page for Coralville Lake! The US Army Corps of Engineers manages Coralville Lake as a multiple use project providing primary benefits in flood control and low flow augmentation, and secondary benefits in recreation, fish and wildlife management, forest management and water quality improvement.

Operating as usual

11/25/2021

The Coralville Lake Office and Visitor Center will be closed today (Thursday, November 25th) in observance of Thanksgiving Day. The Office and Visitor Center will resume normal hours of operation Friday, November 26th.

The Coralville Lake Office and Visitor Center will be closed today (Thursday, November 25th) in observance of Thanksgiving Day. The Office and Visitor Center will resume normal hours of operation Friday, November 26th.

11/24/2021

Looking for something to do with the family this holiday season? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Coralville Lake has partnered with The Bird House, Hospice Home of Johnson County, to be the host location for it's inaugural "Holiday Lights at the Lake" event. This professional, holiday-themed, drive-thru lighting installation will run nightly at West Overlook Campground from Thanksgiving to New Years Eve. Admission is $10 per vehicle with all proceeds benefitting The Bird House. For more information visit their website here: http://www.hospicehomejc.org/holiday-lights-at-the-lake.html

Looking for something to do with the family this holiday season? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Coralville Lake has partnered with The Bird House, Hospice Home of Johnson County, to be the host location for it's inaugural "Holiday Lights at the Lake" event. This professional, holiday-themed, drive-thru lighting installation will run nightly at West Overlook Campground from Thanksgiving to New Years Eve. Admission is $10 per vehicle with all proceeds benefitting The Bird House. For more information visit their website here: http://www.hospicehomejc.org/holiday-lights-at-the-lake.html

11/18/2021
11/15/2021

Due to the upcoming retirement of longtime team member Francis β€œFrenchy” Frauenholtz, the administration office and visitor center will close at 1pm on November 16th for his recognition. We will re-open again normal business hours November 17th 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience but wish to recognize the contributions of our teammate.

Due to the upcoming retirement of longtime team member Francis β€œFrenchy” Frauenholtz, the administration office and visitor center will close at 1pm on November 16th for his recognition. We will re-open again normal business hours November 17th 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience but wish to recognize the contributions of our teammate.

11/11/2021

The Coralville Lake Office and Visitor Center will be closed today (Thursday, November 11th) in observance of Veterans Day. The Office and Visitor Center will resume normal hours of operation Friday, November 12th. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

The Coralville Lake Office and Visitor Center will be closed today (Thursday, November 11th) in observance of Veterans Day. The Office and Visitor Center will resume normal hours of operation Friday, November 12th. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

11/10/2021

The Daily Dudley - Hello all! Dudley here! With all the leaves on the ground, I'd thought I'd share the reminder to "leave the leaves". Fallen leaves provide great wildlife habitat and nutrients to gardens and the soil. Leaving the leaves also means less work for you and can even be chopped up with the mower if you'd like smaller pieces. Think of the leaves as fall-colored confetti for your yard. πŸ‚πŸŽŠ

The Daily Dudley - Hello all! Dudley here! With all the leaves on the ground, I'd thought I'd share the reminder to "leave the leaves". Fallen leaves provide great wildlife habitat and nutrients to gardens and the soil. Leaving the leaves also means less work for you and can even be chopped up with the mower if you'd like smaller pieces. Think of the leaves as fall-colored confetti for your yard. πŸ‚πŸŽŠ

11/06/2021

They're baccccckkkkkkkkk! The Bald Eagles have begun to show up in numbers again just downstream of the dam. Mornings tend to be a good mealtime and we get a spectacular view.

Remember to listen for the laughing cries, according to the Eagles, everything is funny. πŸ¦…πŸ˜‚

Fall Colors at Coralville Lake 11/05/2021

Fall Colors at Coralville Lake

Looking for a weekend drive? The fall colors are still going at Coralville Lake! Enjoy this video taken via boat last season. Beautiful!

Fall Colors at Coralville Lake A view of the fall colors at Coralville Lake in Coralville, Iowa.

10/29/2021

Looking for last minute Halloween ideas? Bobber the Water Safety Dog pumpkin stencils and Halloween mask are back and now available on the Bobber the Water Safety Dog website, http://bobber.info/, for a limited time, go check them out!

Looking for last minute Halloween ideas? Bobber the Water Safety Dog pumpkin stencils and Halloween mask are back and now available on the Bobber the Water Safety Dog website, http://bobber.info/, for a limited time, go check them out!

10/21/2021

The University of Iowa is hosting a regional rowing competition at Coralville Lake on Saturday, October 23 that will impact other boaters between Mehaffey Boat Ramp and the main dam area between the hours of 5:30am to 6pm. Lake users are reminded to follow all applicable state and local laws while on the property and give the event space to take place safely. Best of luck to all the participants! πŸš£β€β™€οΈπŸš£πŸš£β€β™‚οΈ

The University of Iowa is hosting a regional rowing competition at Coralville Lake on Saturday, October 23 that will impact other boaters between Mehaffey Boat Ramp and the main dam area between the hours of 5:30am to 6pm. Lake users are reminded to follow all applicable state and local laws while on the property and give the event space to take place safely. Best of luck to all the participants! πŸš£β€β™€οΈπŸš£πŸš£β€β™‚οΈ

10/17/2021

The Daily Dudley - Hello all! Dudley here! Today was the last day of the 2021 recreation season. All of our campgrounds are now closed until May 1, 2022.

While you may not be able to enjoy a night under the stars for awhile, there are still lots of great things to enjoy in our day use areas at Coralville Lake during the fall and winter months. β›ΊοΈπŸ‚

The Daily Dudley - Hello all! Dudley here! Today was the last day of the 2021 recreation season. All of our campgrounds are now closed until May 1, 2022.

While you may not be able to enjoy a night under the stars for awhile, there are still lots of great things to enjoy in our day use areas at Coralville Lake during the fall and winter months. β›ΊοΈπŸ‚

10/10/2021

The Daily Dudley - Hello all! Dudley here! On a rainy day like today with quiet campgrounds, I love to curl up with a good book and a blanket. My favorite books are those with a focus on nature and the great outdoors. Whether you're a fan of sharpening your skills with a guide book or a fiction book with a great setting, there is always something amazing to take in about nature. Do you have any great nature books to recommend? I think this pop-up book is quite fascinating. πŸ“šπŸ§

The Daily Dudley - Hello all! Dudley here! On a rainy day like today with quiet campgrounds, I love to curl up with a good book and a blanket. My favorite books are those with a focus on nature and the great outdoors. Whether you're a fan of sharpening your skills with a guide book or a fiction book with a great setting, there is always something amazing to take in about nature. Do you have any great nature books to recommend? I think this pop-up book is quite fascinating. πŸ“šπŸ§

Photos from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, Coralville Lake's post 09/30/2021

The Daily Dudley - Hello all! Dudley here! Today I was out enjoying the first leaves turning color. The loss of green is due to the breakdown of chlorophyll (gives leaves the green color) that takes precedence over the other pigments present throughout most of the year. When the chlorophyll is gone, the other colors get to shine. Make sure Coralville Lake is on your fall driving route.

What did one autumn leaf say to another? I'm falling for you!

09/14/2021

The Coralville Lake Office and Visitor Center will be closed Wednesday, September 15 through the 16th for pouring of the new entryway concrete. The office will resume normal business hours Friday, September 17th from 8am to 3:30pm. Office phone lines will still be active and answered if you need assistance.

Edit: The Coralville Lake Office and Visitor Center will remain closed until Monday, September 20th to allow for the completion of the new entryway construction. The office will resume normal office hours of 8am to 3:30pm. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

The Coralville Lake Office and Visitor Center will be closed Wednesday, September 15 through the 16th for pouring of the new entryway concrete. The office will resume normal business hours Friday, September 17th from 8am to 3:30pm. Office phone lines will still be active and answered if you need assistance.

Edit: The Coralville Lake Office and Visitor Center will remain closed until Monday, September 20th to allow for the completion of the new entryway construction. The office will resume normal office hours of 8am to 3:30pm. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

09/13/2021

The Coralville Lake Office will be closing at 12:30pm today for disinfecting services. The office will resume normal business hours tomorrow, Tuesday, September 14th from 8am to 3:30pm.

The Coralville Lake Office will be closing at 12:30pm today for disinfecting services. The office will resume normal business hours tomorrow, Tuesday, September 14th from 8am to 3:30pm.

09/13/2021

NOTICE: Until further notice, West Overlook Day Use Area will be closing each night at 9:00pm and reopening each morning at 7:30am. This change is due to the recent increase in vandalism to the area. If and when the destructive, disrespectful behavior ceases, the area will reopen for public use overnight. Coralville Lake apologizes for the inconvenience and hopes to reopen the area soon.

NOTICE: Until further notice, West Overlook Day Use Area will be closing each night at 9:00pm and reopening each morning at 7:30am. This change is due to the recent increase in vandalism to the area. If and when the destructive, disrespectful behavior ceases, the area will reopen for public use overnight. Coralville Lake apologizes for the inconvenience and hopes to reopen the area soon.

09/06/2021

Our friends up in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Portland District know how to make a great water safety meme! And they are correct! One does not simply enter the water without a life jacket. Of the total 767 boating deaths in 2020, 86% were not wearing their life jackets. #PleaseWearIt

Our friends up in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Portland District know how to make a great water safety meme! And they are correct! One does not simply enter the water without a life jacket. Of the total 767 boating deaths in 2020, 86% were not wearing their life jackets. #PleaseWearIt

09/05/2021

Inflatable toys tend to drift away and retrieving them or anything drifting away (e.g. boats, hats, etc.) could be risking your life, especially if you’re not wearing a life jacket, so Please Wear It in, on, and near the water. Securing large inflatable toys is another great idea! #USACEeducates

Inflatable toys tend to drift away and retrieving them or anything drifting away (e.g. boats, hats, etc.) could be risking your life, especially if you’re not wearing a life jacket, so Please Wear It in, on, and near the water. Securing large inflatable toys is another great idea! #USACEeducates

09/04/2021

While having fun in the sun, play it safe by wearing a life jacket and swimming and boating with a buddy. Assign someone as a water watcher to watch children constantly while in, on, or near the water! Make sure the watcher knows drowning is silent and can happen in seconds. @PleaseWearIt #USACEeducates

While having fun in the sun, play it safe by wearing a life jacket and swimming and boating with a buddy. Assign someone as a water watcher to watch children constantly while in, on, or near the water! Make sure the watcher knows drowning is silent and can happen in seconds. @PleaseWearIt #USACEeducates

08/13/2021

Good morning from Coralville Lake! Follow along with Ranger Dudley and Shawna as they discuss poison ivy, exposure, and treatment. Remember not to itch! 🌿

08/06/2021

Hello from Coralville Lake! Come out and see Bobber the Water Safety Dog and Rangers at the Cedar Rapids Kernels baseball game tomorrow (Saturday, August 7th)! Say hello and grab some cool swag. For more information about the game, visit here: https://www.milb.com/cedar-rapids

08/03/2021

UPDATE: Coralville Lake Office and Visitor Center has reissued our mask mandate in keeping current with the newest Department of Defense (DOD) guidelines. We ask that all visitors wear a mask (regardless of vaccination status) while indoors. Masks are available at the doorway if needed. Thanks!

UPDATE: Coralville Lake Office and Visitor Center has reissued our mask mandate in keeping current with the newest Department of Defense (DOD) guidelines. We ask that all visitors wear a mask (regardless of vaccination status) while indoors. Masks are available at the doorway if needed. Thanks!

Photos from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, Coralville Lake's post 07/31/2021

Happy National Ranger Day!

Today we celebrate rangers all over the globe, but especially the ones we have right here at Coralville Lake! Thanks for your commitment to ensuring the safety of our visitors, the protection of our project missions, and the conservation of our environment for the enjoyment of future generations!

07/30/2021

Good morning from Coralville Lake! Today Ranger Polen and Dudley take us through some electrical box good practices when camping. Enjoy!

07/28/2021

UPDATE: Coralville Lake Office will be closed to the public again today (Wednesday, July 28) due to construction. Normal hours will resume on Thursday the 29th. Both the USACE Annual and ATB Senior passes can still be purchased at any of our gate houses during their hours of operation as normal.

UPDATE: Coralville Lake Office will be closed to the public again today (Wednesday, July 28) due to construction. Normal hours will resume on Thursday the 29th. Both the USACE Annual and ATB Senior passes can still be purchased at any of our gate houses during their hours of operation as normal.

07/26/2021

CLOSED: Coralville Lake Office will be closed to the public today (Monday, July 26) due to construction. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday the 27th. Both the USACE Annual and ATB Senior passes can still be purchased at any of our gate houses during their hours of operation as normal.

CLOSED: Coralville Lake Office will be closed to the public today (Monday, July 26) due to construction. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday the 27th. Both the USACE Annual and ATB Senior passes can still be purchased at any of our gate houses during their hours of operation as normal.

Photos from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, Coralville Lake's post 07/19/2021

CAUTION: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting internal boat training at Coralville Lake starting today (July 19th) through Thursday, the 22. The orange and yellow buoy course has been set up west of the West Overlook Campground boat ramp. Please stay clear of this area so everyone remains safe.

07/17/2021

Good morning from Coralville Lake! Today Assistant Operations Manager Jonathan and Ranger Shawna educate and demonstrate inflatable life jackets.

Note that Coast Guard approved inflatable life jackets are restricted to persons 16 years and older. To learn more, watch this video: https://youtu.be/g5eniRI0mXM

Have a great day and always remember to WEAR IT!

Photos from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, Coralville Lake's post 07/10/2021

The Daily Dudley - Hello all! Dudley here! Today we began the final stages of the Devonian Fossil Gorge tour update. This included the removal of several of the silver stop markers.

Soon we will begin placing the new markers which are teal in color (pictured with me). This means that the current brochure guide is no longer accurate. We will still offer these brochures for information purposes while the new ones are being printed. Exciting changes are in the works and we're glad to have you along for the journey!

07/05/2021

Good morning from Coralville Lake! Enjoy this quick drive across the dam and a last look at the flag display before it's taken down after the holiday. Have a great day!

07/02/2021

Good afternoon from Coralville Lake! Listen in as Ranger Shawna reminds visitors about fireworks. Remember to have a safe weekend and don't forget to come see our awesome flag display across the dam.

06/21/2021

Good afternoon from Coralville Lake! Follow along with Ranger Shawna and Dudley as they take us through the Devonian Fossil Gorge visitation etiquette.

06/18/2021

The Daily Dudley - Hello all! Dudley here! Today the Coralville Lake Office will be closed in observance of a federal holiday. This means that no Annual USACE or America the Beautiful (ATB) passes can be obtained until normal office hours resume next week. Both the USACE Annual and ATB Senior passes can still be purchased at any of our gate houses during their hours of operation as normal.

The Daily Dudley - Hello all! Dudley here! Today the Coralville Lake Office will be closed in observance of a federal holiday. This means that no Annual USACE or America the Beautiful (ATB) passes can be obtained until normal office hours resume next week. Both the USACE Annual and ATB Senior passes can still be purchased at any of our gate houses during their hours of operation as normal.

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