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Important Information: Beginning May 21, 2012 Rolling Cove park will become a free (no charge) area.


Status: Closed through Sun May 18 2014   Season Dates


Rolling Cove Campground is located on beautiful Rathbun Lake, just 13 miles northwest of Centerville, Iowa.

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. Shade is limited.

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


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

Whether power boating or sailing, Rathbun Lake, also known as Iowa's Ocean, has something to offer everyone. The prevailing winds make it one of the best sailing lakes in Iowa.


This fee-free campground offers 31 non-electric sites. Amenities include flush and pit toilets, showers, drinking water, a dump station and boat ramp. A marina and bait shop are 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 located nearby on the south bank of the South Fork Chariton River and encompasses nearly 125 acres in an abandoned rock quarry.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Flush Toilets
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
Know Before You Go
  • Rolling Cove is a fee-free area
  • Boat ramp closes at lake elevations below 904 MSL
  • For more information, visit the Rathbun Lake website

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
40.82528, -92.98306
40°49'31"N, 92°58'59"W

From Centerville, Iowa, travel 2 miles west on HWY 2, then 5.5 miles north on HWY T-14, then 2 miles west on HWY J5T, then north 1.5 miles on 160th Ave (gravel road).

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

20112 HWY J5T

Phone Number:

Information: (641)647-2464