Lake Red Rock and Cordova Park | Iowa by Air

May 30, 2018 | 2 min

(This video was originally broadcast on Iowa Outdoors, Episode 805, May 30, 2018.)

Set just a few hundred feet off the banks of Lake Red Rock, the Cordova Tower rises above the relatively flat landscape of Central Iowa. It provides visitors with views unattainable anywhere else in Marion County. 

With over 50,000 acres of land and water to explore, Lake Red Rock is Iowa's largest lake. And while Cordova Tower is an excellent way to take it all in, it pales in comparison to sites afforded to those who take to the sky. 

Dammed in the late 1960s, Red Rock Reservoir artificially created much of the lake's shoreline. Even so, the hypnotic mix of its time-eroded sandstone and gently cresting waves invites visitors to explore the area and uncover the unique secrets of every rock ledge. 

While initially developed for flood control, Lake Red Rock is a recreational gift to Iowa. And if you can't fly over its many treasures, the Cordova Tower offers an excellent way to climb into the sky and see Iowa by air. 

Gilchrist Foundation