Honey Creek State Park

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Honey Creek State Park

Iowa

(641) 724-3739

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Overview

Honey Creek State Park is part of the Rathbun Lake recreation complex consisting of eight parks, two marinas and 155 miles of shoreline. This 11,000-acre lake hosts a wide variety of outdoor activities. On a warm day, you'll see people enjoying the water on boats, water skis and jet skis. Within the park itself, visitors can camp, picnic and hike.

Visitors to Honey Creek State Park return often to enjoy the beautiful setting of 828 acres of rolling, timbered hills against a background of beautiful Lake Rathbun, Iowa's largest lake. In 1954, Congress authorized the construction of Rathbun Lake because the Chariton River Valley in south central Iowa was susceptible to flood and drought problems. The dam was completed in 1969 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Rathbun Lake provides flood protection for 149,300 acres of land along the Chariton River.

Hikers enjoy the miles of multi-use trails and the Woodland Interpretive Trail. By following the interpretive trail one may learn about the early Indians who inhabited the area. Displays on the history of Honey Creek are located in a special shelter at the beginning of the interpretive trail.

Honey Creek Resort, across the inlet, enhances the fun offered at Honey Creek State Park with a hotel, cottages, restaurant, indoor water park and golf course.

Map of Honey Creek (IA)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.864268, -92.936758

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boat ramps available. Rathbun Lake is open to sailboaters, power boaters, water skiers and anglers.

  • Camping

    There are 149 modern campsites with showers, rest rooms and a trailer dump station. Twenty-eight of the sites have full recreation vehicle hookups (sewer, water, electricity), and 75 are equipped with electricity only. Electricity is available year-round in the campground and the shower building is heated in the winter. The full hookups, however, are closed during the winter. Advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Fishing

    Lake (11,000 ac.) with jetty and fish-cleaning station available. Fish species include: channel catfish, crappie, walleye, and white bass.

  • Hiking

    Hikers enjoy the miles of multi-use trails and the Woodland Interpretive Trail. By following the interpretive trail one may learn about the early Indians who inhabited the area. Displays on the history of Honey Creek are located in a special shelter at the beginning of the interpretive trail.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Snowmobiling allowed on designated trails.

  • Picnicking

    Honey Creek is a great place for picnics and larger gatherings. Open Picnic Shelters are located at Sunset at Honey Creek Park scenic points overlooking the lake and may be reserved online through the park reservation system.

  • RVing

    28 of the campsites have full recreation vehicle hookups (sewer, water, electricity), and 75 are equipped with electricity only. Electricity is available year-round in the campground and the shower building is heated in the winter. The full hookups, however, are closed during the winter. There is a sanitary dump station available.

Seasonality/Weather

Iowa summers are known for heat and humidity, with daytime temperatures often near 90°F and sometimes exceeding 100°F. Spring ushers in the beginning of the severe weather season--thunderstorms and tornadoes are common during the spring and summer months. Average winters in the state have been known to drop well below freezing, even falling below 0°F.

Park Partners

Honey Creek Resort State Park

Located on Rathbun Lake in south-central Iowa, Honey Creek Resort offers all the amenities you desire in a vacation destination, nestled in a beautiful natural setting.

(641) 724-9100

Directions

Driving

Honey Creek is located about 12 miles from Moravia and 4 miles from Iconium. The park is approximately 24 miles from both Albia and Centerville.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(641) 724-3739

Campground reservations

(877) 427-2757

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