A guest at Honey Creek Resort catching a fish

Resort Activities & Things To Do on Rathbun Lake

Discover all the things to do on a quick vacation getaway to Honey Creek Resort on Rathbun Lake in Iowa.

Winter Operational Update

Honey Creek Resort, Rathbun Lakeshore Grille, and The Preserve Golf Course are currently closed for the winter season. The anticipated re-opening date is April 14, 2023.

We appreciate your understanding, and look forward to returning to full operation.

Delaware North Parks and Resorts at Honey Creek

Cruise through the waters of picturesque Rathbun Lake on a pontoon boat; float down the lazy river and splash around at our indoor water park; tee up at our 18-hole championship golf course; discover nature's wonders with our hands-on educational programs; indulge your taste buds at our restaurant; or head outdoors for endless adventures.

With 16,000 acres of preserved forests, prairies, and peninsulas, Honey Creek Resort offers ample opportunities for outdoor exploration. Explore miles of walking trails and paved bike paths, watch for wildlife, picnic by the lake, and let the kids run around at a playground. Bring your own bike or choose from a variety of bike rentals. The opportunities are endless! Read on to discover the many activities available at Honey Creek Resort.

Girls enjoy stand-up paddleboarding on Rathbun Lake with SUP rentals from Honey Creek Resort

Rathbun Lake Recreation

Whatever floats your boat, Rathbun Lake has something for you. With 11,000 acres of gorgeous water and 150 miles of shoreline, it's Iowa's second largest lake. Bring your own watercraft and use our marina with a boat launch, fishing pier, and 40 boat slips. Or, rent a pontoon boat and explore the lake at your leisure.

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View of Honey Creek's 18-hole championship golf course, The Preserve on Rathbun Lake

The Preserve Golf Course

Tee off at our 18-hole championship golf course, The Preserve at Rathbun Lake. It offers challenge levels to suit every golfer, as well as PGA golf lessons and club fittings. Meandering through scenic prairie and oak savannas, The Preserve is also Audubon-certified in recognition of its sustainable practices.

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Three kids ready to slide into the water at the indoor water park, Bucanneer Bay, at Honey Creek Resort

Buccaneer Bay Indoor Water Park

Whatever the weather outside, it's a tropical party at our Buccaneer Bay Indoor Water Park. Zoom down the two-story water slide, float down the lazy river, relax poolside and soak in the hot tub. Buccaneer Bay also features a snack bar and arcade, and it's the perfect place for kids' birthday parties.

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An instructor gives a kayaking lesson before going out on Rathbun Lake

On-Site Programs & Activities

Stop by our Activities Building for hands-on educational programs and activities led by our on-site naturalist staff. Join naturalists for guided hikes, meet live animals, listen to stories by the campfire, and enjoy nature-themed games and crafts. Plus, throughout the year, we host festive seasonal and holiday-themed events perfect for families.

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Rathbun Lakeshore Grille restaurant at Honey Creek Resort is open breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Dine at Rathbun Lakeshore Grille

Dine at our restaurant, the Rathbun Lakeshore Grille, and enjoy the lounge and patio overlooking Rathbun Lake. Plus, pick up some chef secrets at one of our cooking classes and demonstrations.

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A local beekepper shows how honey is made - one of many activities near Honey Creek Resort

Nearby Attractions

Honey Creek Resort is close to the historic downtown districts of Centerville, Knoxville, and Moravia, featuring shops, restaurants, entertainment, cultural and historical attractions, and seasonal festivals.

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