Elk Rock State Park - Knoxville, IA - Iowa State Parks

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Welcome to Elk Rock State Park
Elk Rock State Park is located on Iowa's largest water body, Lake Red Rock. With more than 50,000 acres of public land to use, the Red Rock area boasts a wide array of recreational opportunities. Elk Rock State Park, with some of its unique amenities, is especially attractive to horse enthusiasts.

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Elk Rock State Park has a picnic area located approximately 1 mile north of the main park entrance on Highway 14. This area has one open shelter, it can be reserved online through the park reservation system.

Elk Rock provides a fine setting for camping. A modern shower building and trailer dumping station are available. The camping area has 2 loops with electric sites included. There is also an additional circle with non-electric sites. There is a self-dispensing firewood machine located next to the shower building. Advance campsite reservations for half the campsites can be made online through the park reservation system. One fourth of the campsites are still available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Equestrian Campground
The equestrian campground features 58 sites, including electrical hookups. A modern shower building, horse stalls, hitching rails, equestrian wash station and a 100' x 200' riding arena are available. Advance campsite reservations for half the campsites can be made online through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

An excellent system of multiple use trails radiates outward from the equestrian campground areas. There are 13 miles of multi-use trails at Elk Rock. Mountain bikes are allowed on the trails. Trails are occasionally closed due to wet conditions. Contact the park office for current trail status.

Lake Activities (swimming, boating, fishing)
Lake Red Rock and the Des Moines River provide great fishing opportunities. Elk Rock has two boat ramps, one located near the main park entrance and other is located by the park office. Bass, catfish, walleye and crappie are the most common fish caught in this area. Roberts Creek and Cordova Park, just north of Elk Rock, are popular fishing, boating and picnic spots. They are administered by the Marion County Conservation Board. Elk Rock State Park is located on Lake Red Rock, one of Iowa's large impoundments. The area had been inhabited by Native Americans dating back more than five thousand years to the Archaic Culture. In 1842, the Sac and Fox Indians granted white settlers right to this land. The name "Elk Rock" has been attributed to the unusual rock formation which is located on the south side of the river in the park. Many towns accommodated the white settlers and traders including: Cordova, Dunreath, Fifield, Percy, Red Rock and Rouseau. Although these settlements no longer exist they were within the area now known as Lake Red Rock. Lake Red Rock is a major stopping-off area for waterfowl and other migratory species in both spring and fall, including white pelicans and bald eagles. The reservoir area also serves as a habitat for other plants and animals species, including more than 200 species of birds, 54 species of trees, 62 species of wildflowers, 43 species of fish and 35 species of mammals.



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