BUCK CREEK (RATHBUN LAKE), IA

Buck Creek Campground is located on beautiful Rathbun Lake, just 9 miles northwest of Centerville, Iowa. Camping, boating, swimming, fishing, and picnicking are popular activities at this lakefront campground.Rathbun Lake is situated in the gently rolling hills of the Chariton River...
Status: Open through Mon Sep 29 2014   Season Dates

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Know Before You Go
  • Please register for campsites during booth hours, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. and 3 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Swimming beach is located within the park, but not in the campground loops
  • If late, you must contact this park within 24 hours after your original check-in time or you will be considered a "no show" resulting in the cancelation of your reservation.
  • For more information, visit the Rathbun Lake website

To slow the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer to our county, we are asking Rathbun Lake visitors to:
  • Purchase firewood from a local source.
  • If you must bring your own firewood, don't leave any firewood behind at your campsite.
  • Click here for more information:http://www.dontmovefirewood.org/the-problem/state-state-information/iowa.html
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    Footnotes: (applicable only where specifically marked above)
    ** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
    *** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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    Overview

    Overview

    Buck Creek Campground is located on beautiful Rathbun Lake, just 9 miles northwest of Centerville, Iowa. Camping, boating, swimming, fishing, and picnicking are popular activities at this lakefront campground.

    Natural Features:

    Rathbun Lake is situated in the gently rolling hills of the Chariton River Valley in southeast Iowa. The campground consists of open grassy areas dotted with trees.

    Bald eagles, white-tailed deer, Canada geese, wild turkey, and other wildlife can be found at Rathbun Lake.

    Recreation:

    The 11,000-acre lake provides a variety of fishing opportunities for any angler. Crappie, channel catfish, walleye, and largemouth bass are most common.

    Although power boating is also popular, the prevailing winds on Rathbun Lake, also known as Iowa's Ocean, make it one of the best sailing lakes in Iowa.

    Facilities:

    This campground offers 42 sites with electric hookups. Amenities include flush and pit toilets, showers, drinking water, a dump station, boat ramp and playground. A marina and bait shop are located nearby.

    Nearby Attractions:

    The Rathbun Fish Hatchery is located near the main dam, and offers self-guided tours Monday through Friday year-round. Hundreds of thousands of catfish and walleye are produced here each year.

    Southern Iowa's only Off Highway Vehicle Park is nearby. It is located on the south bank of the South Fork Chariton River and encompasses nearly 125 acres of an abandoned rock quarry.

    Booking Window
    Mon Aug 25 2014 - Mon Feb 23 2015

    Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

    Season Dates

    Season Schedule

    Park Season Start End
    Peak Thu May 08 2014 Mon Sep 29 2014
    Peak Fri May 08 2015 Tue Sep 29 2015
    Services and Amenities
    Within Facility
    • Boat Ramp
    • Boating
    • Drinking Water
    • Dump Station
    • Electric Hookups
    • Flush Toilets
    • Host
    • Marina
    • Picnic Area
    • Picnic Shelters
    • Pit Toilets
    • Playground
    • Self Pay Station
    • Showers
    • Swimming
    Fees and Cancellation Policies

    Fees and Cancellation

    Fee Information
    Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

    Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
    Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

    Changes and Cancellations
    A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


    Facility Rates*
    Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
    Peak Season
    May 08 2014 -
    Sep 29 2014
    STANDARD ELECTRIC $16.00-$18.00
    Peak Season
    May 08 2015 -
    Sep 29 2015
    STANDARD ELECTRIC $16.00-$18.00

    *Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
    **Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
    Getting There
    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    40.86278, -92.86778
    40°51'46"N, 92°52'4"W

    From Centerville, IA, travel 5 miles north on HWY 5 to HWY J-29, then 4 miles northwest to HWY J5T. Travel 2 miles north and follow signs to campground.
    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    BUCK CREEK (RATHBUN LAKE)
    20112 HWY J5T
    CENTERVILLE  IA  52544-8308

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (641)724-3206