Group of people enjoying the kayak rentals on Rathbun Lake from Honey Creek Resort

On-Site Programs

We offer a variety of engaging, educational programs led by our on-site naturalist and activities staff.

COVID-19 Closure

After careful consideration with Iowa State Parks and public health officials, Honey Creek Resort's lodging, waterpark, activities building, golf course, and restaurant will be closing completely beginning Sunday, March 22, and re-opening Friday, May 22, in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19.

We are focused on creating a great guest experience, and the health and safety of our employees and guests is our highest priority. We hope this temporary closure supports the national and global effort and look forward to seeing you at our property at a more opportune time this year. Thank you for your understanding, and please stay safe.

Naturalist Programs

Join naturalists for guided hikes, meet live animals, listen to stories by the campfire, and enjoy nature-themed crafts and games. Check out our activity schedule to see what programs may be offered during your stay.

Naturalist Programs are offered daily during the summer season (Memorial Day to Labor Day). The Nature Center is open 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday in the winter with a Saturday afternoon DIY craft from 1-3:30 p.m. in the Activities Room.

Activities Building

Stop by the Activities Building to chat with a naturalist and check out interactive exhibits. The Activities Building was designed by Iowa State University students to be a net-zero-energy facility, using solar and wind energy and efficient appliances.

Events Calendar

Throughout the year, we host numerous festive seasonal and holiday-themed events for our guests. Check out our events calendar to see what events are offered during your stay.

Self-Guided Activities

We'll give you all the tools and tips you'll need to get the most out of your visit.

Lending Library

Want to get cozy indoors? Check out a board game or find a good book at our lending library, located in the business center.

Self-Guided Hike

Strike out on your own or with a buddy to enjoy a self-guided hike on our Savannah Ridge Interpretive Trail.

Outdoor Recreation

Visit the Front Desk to get a bike (March through November, weather permitting) or a sled during winter time. Or simply head out to make the most of the endless possibilities for outdoor recreation.


This is a great place to bring a family. The resort is super clean, and there are tons of activities to keep you busy.

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Group of friends playing volleyball on the beach at Honey Creek Resort

Outdoor Recreation

Honey Creek Resort offers ample opportunities for outdoor exploration.

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Golf course view at Honey Creek Resort's The Preserve on Rathbun Lake

The Preserve Golf Course

Tee off at our 18-hole championship golf course, The Preserve on Rathbun Lake.

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A kid plays at Buccaneer Bay, Honey Creek Resort's indoor water park

Buccaneer Bay Indoor Water Park

Whatever the weather outside, it's a tropical party at our Buccaneer Bay Indoor Water Park.

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