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Tailwater West Day Use Area

Coralville Lake



Tailwater West Day Use Area is a day-use facility along the Coralville Lake Dam where visitors can enjoy a variety of recreational activities such as boating, fishing, swimming, and more. It offers a large group picnic area, amenities, and an accessible hiking trail. The Devonian Fossil Gorge is also available for exploration and discovery. Wildlife is abundant in the area, making it a perfect spot for nature lovers.


Tailwater West Day Use Area is a day-use facility located along the tailwaters of the Coralville Lake Dam. Coralville Lake is a multiple use project providing benefits in flood control and low flow augmentation, as well as recreation, fish and wildlife management and forest management. Coralville Lake provides many recreational opportunities, including boating, camping, hiking, mountain biking, lake and river fishing, swimming, water skiing, picnicking and hunting.


Visitors enjoy Coralville Lake for boating, fishing, swimming and water activities. Anglers will find large and smallmouth bass, crappie, walleye and catfish. Several trails are within the Dam Complex, including Squire Point, Woodpecker Trail, Tailwater Riverwalk and barrier-free Veterans Trail. The Devonian Fossil Gorge is just below the dam, offering a unique opportunity to explore a 375-million-year old sea floor and discover fossil remains of sea life that once inhabited this tropical marine environment. Twenty discovery points can be found throughout the site along with a cell phone audio tour. Turkey Creek Disc Golf Course is located in the Dam Complex and offers nine partially wooden and open holes.


The day-use location offers a large group picnic area with drinking water and electric. Amenities include flush toilets, playground, accessible fishing pier and accessible hiking trail.

Natural Features

Coralville Lake is located in the Iowa River Valley, just north of Iowa City. Tailwater West Day Use lies among a heavily wooded forest of mixed hardwood species on the west side of the dam. Wildlife is abundant throughout the project. White-tailed deer, turkeys, pheasants, waterfowl, song birds and other species roam the lands around the lake.
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Campground Matrix

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Nearby Campgrounds Distance Notification Rate
Tailwater West
Coralville Lake
Cottonwood (Ia)
Coralville Lake
West Overlook
Coralville Lake
0.2mi 91%
East Overlook Day Use Area
Coralville Lake
Tailwater East
Coralville Lake
Turkey Creek Day Use Area
Coralville Lake
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