descriptions and directions
Coralville Lake--Dam - Johnson County
GPS Coordinates: 41.7245276, -91.5288476
Management: Federal - COE
Description: This site offers access to several viewing points for looking at the water, as well as access to the tailwater.
The beach area provides viewing place for the water, once the summer hordes clear out. Once winter hits, the steep road to the beach is closed. Before this, it offers a roosting point for late gulls.
There are roads which leads down to the Tailwater on both the E and E sides of the outflow. The West Tailwater access affords a nice few down stream.
http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/Portals/48/docs/Recreation/ODC/AllTrails2013.pdf leads to a map of the trails.
Habitat: Open water and forest.
Directly opposite the Headquarters, one can find the Veterans Trail -- a fully accessible trail that loops a short distance through the woods. It leads to a bird blind.
One the East side a group of trails lead into the forest. Best is the Woodpecker Trail.
Directions: South of North Liberty in Johnson Co. ABOVE THE DAM(beach): Two miles north of I-80 along Dubuque St. (an Iowa City exit), or 2.5 miles south of North Liberty along Dubuque St., look for the Army Corps of Engineers sign to the dam on the east. From there follow the signs for the beach area. MORE VIEWING: At one point you have a choice of heading toward the beach/dam area (right) or the campground (left); the campground also affords viewing of the reservoir.
Birding Guide: Site Guide for Coralville Lake--Dam