Construction of recreation facilities nearly finished in Red Rock area

Work is nearly complete on recreation features near the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project site, according to Missouri River Energy Services (MRES), which will begin construction of the hydroelectric facility later this summer. 

MRES added these new recreation facilities so that area residents and visitors will have additional opportunities to enjoy the Red Rock area during and after the construction of the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project.  “We know that the Red Rock area is very popular for fishing, camping and other water activities,” said MRES Director of Member and Public Relations Bill Radio. “We hope the new recreation facilities we have constructed will offset any impact the project could have on recreation activities during the construction of the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project.”

The following is a list, by location, of features that have been added.

In the South Tailwater Area, MRES enhanced existing features with a picnic shelter and group grill, new playground with play features, a fish-cleaning station with shelter, and additional parking spaces.

MRES constructed the new Robert’s Creek Trailhead which includes a restroom, picnic shelter with group grill, parking lot, and a kiosk for posting information.

In Cordova Park, MRES added a large picnic shelter to existing features. This area will be closed to the public until Marion County finishes related work in the area.

MRES also expanded the Volksweg Bike Trail 1.25 miles from the Fifield Recreation Area to the new Robert’s Creek Trailhead.

In addition, MRES has purchased two water fountains and two additional group grills that will be installed by the Army Corps of Engineers and Marion County at a later date at sites they select.

The Red Rock Hydroelectric Project is expected to be completed in 2018. This project will add electric generating equipment to the existing Red Rock Dam. When complete, it will be capable of supplying enough electricity to meet the needs of 18,000 homes.

MRES is an organization of 61 member municipalities in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. MRES provides wholesale electricity and energy services to its members.