(50 miles to Tassel Ridge Winery)

Rathbun Lake

Rathbun Lake is a fishing destination, peninsulas and coves around the lake provide perfect habitat for crappie, channel catfish, walleye and largemouth bass. Seven campgrounds are conveniently located around Rathbun Lake. The Corps manages five of these campgrounds Buck Creek, Prairie Ridge, Bridge View, Island View, and Rolling Cove Parks. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources manages Honey Creek campground. A private concessionaire manages the South Fork and Buck Creek Marina campgrounds.

Iowa Mormon Trails Association

The beginning of the largest human migration in U.S. history. Iowa Mormon Trail Interpretive Panels mark the campsites and points of crossing that the Mormons traveled en-route to Utah. Ruts from the wagon caravans are still visible. Two crossing can be viewed on the Chariton River: the Pioneer Trail west of Moulton and the Trace Trail at Rathbun Lake, 15 miles west of Moravia.

PO Box 174
Moravia, IA 52571
Open to the public
No charge

Buck Creek and Southfork Marinas

Buck Creek, one mile northeast of dam and South Fork on the west – provides fuel, mooring, facilities and other supplies. Boating, motel, restaurant, Wireless Internet. The Corps of Engineers has ten boat ramps. A day use pass is required at Corps of Engineers managed boat ramps. Honey Creek State Park has two boat ramps. Boaters should be aware that hazardous boating areas do occur on Rathbun Lake. For locations of the hazardous boating please refer to the lake map.

21646 Marina Place
Moravia, IA 52571
Day use fees are required for launching at Corps managed boat ramps. A daily fee of $3.00 is charged to launch at ramps. In lieu of the daily permit an annual pass may be purchased for $30.00.

Rathbun Country Music Theater

Located one mile north of the Rathbun Dam. Iowa’s longest running country music show features family-style entertainment. Different show every week. Snack bar, air conditioned, no alcohol.

22053 460th St.
Moravia, IA 52571
660.344.2310 home phone anytime or 641.724.3505 Saturdays after 5 p.m. Theater phone
first Saturday in May through last Saturday of October.: 8:00 p.m. every Saturday
Prices vary per show

Places to Stay

Honey Creek Resort State Park

A whole new way to experience Rathbun Lake, Honey Creek Resort is your ideal vacation destination. The resort is also perfect for conferences, meetings and family reunions. Honey Creek Resort offers a 105-room lakeside lodge and hotel, 18-hole championship golf course, indoor water park, restaurant and lounge, and much more! More than 11,000 acres, eight parks, two marinas, and several restaurants and cultural activities nearby. Lakeshore Grill’s full menu also offers creative catering options. 12,000 square foot pirate-themed Buccaneer Bay Indoor Water Park features a lazy river, slide and other water features. A beautiful sand beach is also available for swimming and outdoor fun on Rathbun Lake’s shore. An 18-hole golf course designed for the novice and experienced golfer nestles in prairie and trees north of the resort’s main lodge area. Rathbun Lake is a fishing destination, peninsulas and coves around the lake provide perfect habitat for crappie, channel catfish, walleye and largemouth bass.

12633 Resort Dr.
Moravia, IA 52571
Hotel is open 24 hours a day

Grey Goose Inn

Unique lodging experience for outdoor enthusiasts in the Heart of Rathbun Lake. Clean, cozy atmosphere with affordable rates, minutes away from 18 hole golf, fine dining and aquatic center, and Rathbun Lane. Hunters and fisherman welcome.

12063 Overturf Dr.
Moravia, IA 52571
Pat Mason