Adirondack chairs on the shore of Rathbun Lake in fall at Honey Creek Resort
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To learn more about renting or bringing your own watercraft, please call us at 641-724-1450.

The Marina is now closed for the season. Please check back soon for 2023 info!

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Rathbun Lake Recreation

Whatever floats your boat, Rathbun Lake has something for you, including seasonal watercraft rentals.

Activity Equipment and Watercraft Rental

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.

Included in every overnight stay at Honey Creek is the use of:

Or, choose from a variety of seasonal watercraft rental including:

  • Pontoons

All activities are first come, first serve, while supplies last.

Watercraft Rentals

The Marina is now closed for the season. Please check back soon for 2023 info!

Pontoon, Kayak, and SUP rentals are available seasonally, and will be weather-dependent.


Other Outdoor Recreation

Explore miles of walking trails and paved bike paths, watch for wildlife, picnic by the lake, admire fall foliage, go sledding and ice skating (weather depending) in the wintertime, and let the kids run around at a playground. Bring your own bike or choose from a variety of bike options.


Biking is a great way to see the spectacular surrounding wilderness up close. The entire resort is bike-friendly, and the mild climate makes the experience even more enjoyable. Stop by the Front Desk, and a guest service representative will help you select a bike perfect for the type of riding you'd like to do. Bike options include:

  • Adult, family, and children's bikes
  • Mountain bikes
  • Tandem bikes
  • Kiddie carts
  • Child seats
  • Bike helmets of all sizes

Disc Golf

Honey Creek Resort guests can enjoy the outdoors by playing three holes of disc golf. The golf baskets run from the Lodge on Rathbun Lake's Upper Terrace to the end of the point along Lake Rathbun. Golf discs can be picked up at the Front Desk from a guest service representative.

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 primarily channel catfish and walleye to stock them in other Iowa lakes. Visitors are welcome year-round. For more information, visit their website or call 641-647-2406.

To get the most updated Rathbun Lake conditions and fishing reports, visit the Iowa Department of Natural Resources website.


Huge and idyllic! Tons of stuff for families or just for couples. Loved the scenic views!!

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