Safety of visitors is top concern near the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project

Apr 06, 2017

Safety of visitors is top concern near the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project

Camping season will soon be here and visitors will be making plans to enjoy the beautiful Lake Red Rock recreation areas. Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) wants to remind everyone that construction of the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project is still underway and the construction zone is not open to the public. MRES is building the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project.

Fishermen, campers, and others are reminded to refrain from entering restricted areas near the Red Rock Dam.  “The safety of the public, as well as the construction workers, is a primary concern for MRES and for everyone involved in the project,” said MRES Director of Energy Services and Communications Joni Livingston.

The North Overlook picnic area and parking lot are currently closed to the public. However, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) plans to open the North Overlook area in May, 2017 for the summer recreation season. Shelter reservations for the North Overlook are not available at this time.  The North Tailwater Recreation Area will be closed throughout the duration of the hydroelectric project. For more information on these and other Lake Red Rock facilities, please visit the USACE website at

Crews continue to work on both the upstream and downstream sides of the dam. While Highway T-15 is expected to remain open throughout the spring and summer, MRES asks motorists to please use caution and drive slowly through the construction area.

“Thank you to all visitors and travelers for your continued patience and for using caution in the area of the Lake Red Rock Dam,” said Livingston. 

MRES serves 60 member municipally owned utilities in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The Red Rock Hydroelectric Project, when operational, will produce enough electricity to serve about 18,000 homes and it will be the second largest hydroelectric facility in the State of Iowa.

For more information, contact Joni Livingston at MRES:  phone: 605-261-3637; email, or visit the project website at