Honey Creek State Park, IA

Visitors to Honey Creek State Park return often to enjoy the beautiful setting of 828 acres of rolling, timbered hills against a background of beautiful Rathbun Lake, Iowa's largest lake. In 1954, Congress authorized the construction of Rathbun Lake because the Chariton River...
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Overview

Description


Visitors to Honey Creek State Park return often to enjoy the beautiful setting of 828 acres of rolling, timbered hills against a background of beautiful Rathbun Lake, Iowa's largest lake. In 1954, Congress authorized the construction of Rathbun Lake because the Chariton River Valley, in south central Iowa, was susceptible to flood and drought problems. The dam was completed in 1969 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Rathbun Lake provides flood protection for 149,300 acres of land along the Chariton River. In addition to Honey Creek State Park, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources manages the Rathbun Fish Hatchery and Fisheries Research Facility located below the dam.

Picnicking/Shelters

Honey Creek is a great place for picnics and larger gatherings. Two open picnic shelters are located at scenic points overlooking the lake and may be reserved online.

Camping

Honey Creek is a favorite destination for camping enthusiasts. There are modern campsites, full hook-up sites (water and sewer), showers and restrooms. Electricity is available year-round in the campgrounds and the shower building in the north campground is heated in the winter. Honey Creek has one universally accessible campsite as well.

Cabins

Honey Creek has four rustic pine log camping cabins that offer visitors a sense of pioneer lifestyle. These cabins have an open floor plan, covered porch, basic furnishings, electricity, and are located near the campgrounds. The cabins have a microwave and dorm-size refrigerator, heat and air conditioning. They do not have water or sanitary facilities but renters may use the campground sanitary facilities.

Trails

Hikers will enjoy five miles of multi-use trails and the Woodland Interpretive Trail. Follow the interpretive trail and learn about the eleven ancient Woodland Indian mounds left behind by the first inhabitants of the area. Displays on the history of Honey Creek are located in a shelter at the beginning of the interpretive trail.

Lake Activities

Rathbun Lake is very popular with sail boaters, power boaters, water skiers and anglers. It is known as one of the best spots for crappie and walleye fishing. Channel catfish are also available to challenge anglers. The park has excellent boat launching ramps conveniently located as well as the largest boat ramp on the lake. The North Boat Ramp is designated as 24-hour fishing access.

Local Events/Attractions

Just across from the Honey Creek boat ramp and a short drive from the park is Honey Creek Resort State Park. The resort opened in 2009 and features a 105 room hotel and lodge, an indoor water park, restaurant, 28 cottages and championship 18 hole golf course. For more information about the resort and its amenities or to make a reservation, visit www.honeycreekresort.com.

Nearby Towns

Honey Creek is located about twelve miles from Moravia and four miles from Iconium. The park is approximately twenty-four miles from both Albia and Centerville.

Booking Window

Camping Cabins

Thu Oct 09 2014 - Fri Oct 02 2015

Reservations must be made 7 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Shelters

Thu Oct 09 2014 - Fri Oct 02 2015

Reservations must be made 7 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Standard Electric

Sat Oct 04 2014 - Fri Jan 02 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Standard Full Hook-Up

Sat Oct 04 2014 - Fri Jan 02 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Standard Non-Electric

Sat Oct 04 2014 - Fri Jan 02 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Walk To

Sat Oct 04 2014 - Fri Jan 02 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Youth Group Only

Sat Oct 04 2014 - Fri Jan 02 2015

Reservations must be made 2 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 3 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Off Peak Wed Oct 01 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
Walk In Sat Nov 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Walk In Thu Jan 01 2015 Tue Mar 31 2015
Off Peak Wed Apr 01 2015 Thu Apr 30 2015
Peak Fri May 01 2015 Wed Sep 30 2015
Off Peak Thu Oct 01 2015 Sat Oct 31 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • DOCK, FISHING
  • Dock, Boat
  • Dump Station
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • INTERPRETIVE TRAIL
  • Jet Skiing
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kayaking
  • Modern Restroom
  • PICNIC AREA
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • RESERVOIR
  • RESTROOMS
  • Sail Boating
  • Showers
  • Swimming - Beach
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Water Hydrants
  • Wildlife Viewing
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Naturalist
  • RENTALS, BICYCLES
Within 10 Miles
  • Bicycling
  • Boat Rental
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Snowmobile Trails
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Convenience Store
  • Fish Hatchery
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Hospital
  • Town
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Fees and Cancellation Policies

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Off Peak Season
Oct 01 2014 -
Oct 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Walk To $8.00
Standard Non-Electric $8.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $16.00
Standard Electric $13.00
Shelters $25.00
Camping Cabins $35.00
($210.00 Weekly**)
Walk In Season
Nov 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
Youth Group Only $15.00
Walk To $8.00
Standard Non-Electric $8.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $16.00
Standard Electric $13.00
Shelters $25.00
Camping Cabins $35.00
($210.00 Weekly**)
Walk In Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Mar 31 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Walk To $8.00
Standard Non-Electric $8.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $16.00
Standard Electric $13.00
Shelters $25.00
Camping Cabins $35.00
($210.00 Weekly**)
Off Peak Season
Apr 01 2015 -
Apr 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Walk To $8.00
Standard Non-Electric $8.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $16.00
Standard Electric $13.00
Shelters $25.00
Camping Cabins $35.00
($210.00 Weekly**)
Peak Season
May 01 2015 -
Sep 30 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Walk To $11.00
Standard Non-Electric $11.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $19.00
Standard Electric $16.00
Shelters $25.00
Camping Cabins $35.00
($210.00 Weekly**)
Off Peak Season
Oct 01 2015 -
Oct 31 2015
Youth Group Only $15.00
Walk To $8.00
Standard Non-Electric $8.00
Standard Full Hook-Up $16.00
Standard Electric $13.00
Shelters $25.00
Camping Cabins $35.00
($210.00 Weekly**)

*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):
40.86111, -92.93611
40°51'40"N, 92°56'10"W

From County Road J18 turn south on to 160th Ave.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Honey Creek State Park
12194 Honey Creek Pl
Moravia  IA  52571-8879

Phone Number:

Information:  (641) 724-3739
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