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To reserve a boat slip or learn more about renting or bringing your own watercraft, please call us at 641-724-1450.

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 choose, from a variety of watercraft rentals, including kayaks, paddle boards, jet skis, fishing boats, and pontoons.

Watercraft Rentals

Whether you want to cruise, paddle, ski, or fish, you can find the perfect watercraft for enjoying Rathbun Lake. Many Honey Creek Resort guests opt for the pontoon boat that fits a dozen passengers comfortably - you get to be the skipper! Set out on the water, relax, and take in the scenic surroundings. Watercraft rentals include:

  • Kayaks
  • Stand up paddle boards
  • Jet skis (fits 3 people)
  • Fishing boats (fits 6 people)
  • Bayliners (fits 8 people)
  • Pontoons (fits 8, 10, or 12 people)

About Rathbun Lake

Rathbun Lake is a flood protection lake managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps has a Visitors Center that provides information about Rathbun Lake's natural resources. For more information, visit their website or call 641-647-2464.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources manages both Honey Creek Resort and the original 850-acre Honey Creek State Park. Honey Creek State Park offers camping, cabins, heated shower facilities, trails, and boat ramp. For more information, visit their website.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources also operates the Rathbun Fish Hatchery, which raises channel catfish, walleye, saugeye, and largemouth bass to stock them in other Iowa lakes. Visitors are welcome year-round. For more information, visit their website or call 641-647-2406.


The workers at the resort were very friendly and the atmosphere and water play areas were very nice.

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