Water resources data for the 1985 water year for Iowa consist of records of stage, discharge, and water quality of streams; stage, contents, and water quality of lakes and reservoirs; ground-water levels and ground-water quality. This report contains discharge records for 111 stream-gaging stations; stage and contents for 8 lakes and reservoirs; water quality for 8 stream-gaging stations; sediment records for 12 streamgaging stations; water levels for 94 observation wells; and chemical analyses for 214 observation wells. Also included are 118 crest-stage partial-record stations. Additional water data were collected at various sites, not part of the systematic data-collection program, and are published as miscellaneous measurements and analyses. The data represent that part of the National Data System operated by the U.S. Geological Survey and cooperating State and Federal agencies in Iowa.