Ivans sits just below the Red Rock Dam and Lake on the south side of the Des Moines River, across the river from Howell Station Campground. Lake Red Rock is Iowa's largest lake, located just 10 minutes from Pella, known for its Dutch heritage and 15 minutes from Knoxville, the Sprint car capital of the world. Visitors enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, biking and viewing wildlife.
For more information regarding the Army Corps of Engineers and the Lake Red Rock Project, click here:
Lake Red Rock Website
Ivans offers 21 campsites with 50-amp electric hookups. Amenities include flush toilets, showers and drinking water. Anglers enjoy the great river fishing access.
Ivan’s Campground at Lake Red Rock will be fully closed to the public for construction throughout the remainder of the fall and winter season. While the section of the Volksweg trail near Ivan’s Campground will remain open, we respectfully ask that the public abide by all posted warnings notices while we work to improve our recreation areas. 2024 camping reservations for Ivan’s campground will be available once construction is completed.
Attention Campers! Beginning 2024, Lake Red Rock's new Check-out time will be 12:00 pm. The new Check-in time will be 2:00 pm.
Ivans does not have a reservation window. You MUST have a reservation prior to occupying a site.
There is no water fill-up or dump station located at Ivans. Visitors may use any of the other Army Corps of Engineers facilities located at Lake Red Rock.
Parking or driving on the grass is not allowed. Boat trailers may be parked on the grass.
Golf carts, UTVs, and ATVs are not permitted.
Camping units are restricted to one wheeled unit and two tents, or three tents per site. A maximum of eight persons per campsite is allowed.
Check-in time is 2:00 p.m. and check-out time is 12:00 p.m.
We offer a limited supply of firewood at the campground. If you want to ensure you have firewood for your stay, please plan on bringing your own supply. Travelers entering Iowa are strongly encouraged to leave out-of-state firewood behind.
Hardwood forests cover the riverbanks at Ivans, offering shade and scenic views. Wildlife is abundant around the lake. A wide variety of waterfowl, including the American White Pelican, migrates through the area in the spring and fall. Bald eagles can be observed from November through March. White-tailed deer, turkeys and other small animals are commonly viewed around the lake.
Des Moines, Iowa's capital, is an hour away, with numerous shopping and dining opportunities, museums and the Blank Park Zoo.
Lake Red Rock offers excellent boating, water skiing, wakeboarding and swimming opportunities. Miles of water trails for kayakers and canoeists are designated along the shoreline. Anglers will find crappie, walleye, largemouth and striped bass, channel and flathead catfish, northern pike and bluegill. Several miles of trails for hiking and biking are in the area. The 15 mile paved Volksweg Trail stretches west from Pella to the Des Moines River and the the Corova Recreation Area.
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. The $10.00 service fee will be deducted from the refund amount. Cancel or change reservations through recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees.
1125 198th Place Knoxville IA 50138
For campground inquiries, please call: 6418287522
1125 198th Place
Knoxville, IA 50138
The campground is accessed off of Highway T15 by turning east onto Jewell Drive and then turning north on 198th Place.