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The surface of Lake Red Rock, at its western edge, late Thursday afternoon

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Red Rock is warning visitors to stay off the ice. Recent warm and cold weather, along with rain and snow, decrease the stability of ice conditions. Ice on reservoirs is extra dangerous due to the water constantly moving beneath the ice's surface.

The reservoir's water level fluctuates daily causing the ice to weaken. The Corps encourages people to use extreme caution along the shoreline and not go out onto the ice.

The ice may look like it can support a person, but it rarely forms uniformly; it could be one foot thick in one spot and only a couple inches thick a few feet away, a Corps news release said.  

The Corps encourages sledders to use the hill by the South Overlook Recreation Area. The dam structures contain many unseen safety hazards.   

For current lake level information and forecasts, access For more information, contact the Corps office at (641) 828-7522 or via email at

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