Creating A Better Hunting Experience

With 52,000 acres of public land, the Lake Red Rock area has great habitat for all types of hunting!

The Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources game laws apply to all of Lake Red Rock’s huntable areas. The following are several of those laws and regulations that are particularly important to hunters.

Please note that for a copy of Title 36 Regulations and a printed version of the hunting map, contact the Lake Red Rock Project office at 1105 HWY T15, Knoxville, Iowa 50138 or phone (641) 828-7522 or (641) 628-8690.

For a complete list of game law information contact the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Wallace State Office Building, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0034.

  • The operation of a vehicle off roadways is prohibited.
  • The improper disposal of garbage or litter, including wastewater, is prohibited.
  • It is illegal to discharge a firearm within 200 yards of a building inhabited by people or domestic livestock or feedlot unless the owner has given permission.
  • You cannot molest or disturb, in any manner, any den, lodge, or house of a fur-bearing animal or beaver den.
  • You can only use steel shot, copper or nickel-coated steel shot, or bismuth-tin shot to hunt any migratory waterfowl.
  • If you are 16 years of age or older, you need a valid state and federal migratory waterfowl stamp (duck stamp) to hunt or take any migratory waterfowl within Iowa.
  • It is unlawful to shoot any rifle on or over any of the public waters or public highways of the state or any railroad right of way.
  • You cannot shoot a shotgun with a slug load, pistol, or revolver on or over a public roadway.
  • The construction of permanent duck blinds or tree stands is prohibited. Portable stands and blinds are acceptable.
  • All boats shall have safety equipment on board in compliance with State and U.S. Coast Guard boating and safety regulations.
  • All boats, when not in use, shall be removed or securely moored at designated areas approved by the project office.

To Be A Responsible Sportsman, You Must Be Safe

The best way to ensure a safe trip is to know and follow these rules.

  • Treat every gun with the respect due to a loaded gun.
  • Watch that muzzle! Carry your gun safely; keep the safety on until you are ready to shoot.
  • Unload guns when they are not in use. Guns should be carried in a case to the shooting area.
  • Be sure the barrel is free of obstructions and that you have the proper size ammunition for the size of the gun you carry.
  • Obtain the landowner’s permission before hunting or trapping on their land.
  • Be sure of your target before you pull the trigger.
  • Never point a gun at anything you do not want to shoot; avoid horseplay.
  • Never climb a tree or fence or jump a ditch with a loaded gun.
  • Never shoot at hard flat surfaces or water as target practice and be sure your backstop is adequate.
  • Store guns and ammunition separately, beyond the reach of children.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages before and during shooting.
  • Dispose of animal carcasses properly.
  • Support and help train new hunters and trappers.
  • Avoid setting traps in areas where domestic animals may be caught.
  • Support strict enforcement of regulations including hunting and trapping seasons.
  • Report all game law violations to state or federal wildlife agencies.

Enjoy the hunting at Red Rock Lake!

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