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  1. Rathbun Lake Iowa
    Rathbun Lake is a beautiful 11,000 acre lake known for Walleye fishing. Seven campgrounds are conveniently located around Rathbun Lake. The Corps manages four of these campgrounds; Buck Creek, Prairie Ridge, Bridge View, and Island View Parks. User fees are charged for camping in parks and don't forget you Senior Discount. To reserve a Corps of Engineers campsite visit www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777 or there are a few that are first come first serve if you get there early. Campgrounds contain level campsites, many with electrical hookups, lantern hanging posts, picnic tables, and fire rings. Shower buildings, sanitary dump stations, playgrounds, and fish cleaning stations are located in most parks.

    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources manages Honey Creek campground and a private concessionaire manages the Buck Creek Marina campgrounds.

    Area Activities:
    Rathbun Lake visitors have shown a growing interest in land based recreation activities. "Off the beaten path" opportunities. The park provides a maintained Snowmobile Trail in the winter, North Shore Trail thru prairies, a Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) 125 acres Trail and Rathbun Water Trail for self-guided paddling from beginners to expert level enthusiasts. Bird watching and Food plots utilized by many upland bird species like quail, pheasants, turkeys. Enjoy lunch or dinner at our State Honey Creek Resort, Louies Bar and Grill at the Buck Creek Marina (try the smoked ribs), Captain's Landing best vanilla ice cream you'll ever eat or try a Turtle Cove Sundae. When driving around the lake stop by Dog's for their Friday night all you can eat fish fry. Schedule a evening sunset boat ride on either the JA White Paddle Wheel Boat Cruises or the J and K Houseboat Cruises.

    Nearby Centerville, Iowa was named one of the top five outdoor towns in America by Outdoor Life Magazine. It has the largest town square in the nation and many specialty shops and boutiques, like Bradley House and The Gypsy.

    Take a road trip between Drakesville and Bloomfield, Iowa that is home to roughly eight Amish church districts, comprising of 175 Amish households and growing. Bloomfield Amish farmers working their fields with a three-horse team. The Amish community is also quite entrepreneurial; there were at least 69 businesses in operation and growing. These included three buggy shops, a strawberry farm/greenhouse, a bakery, a kiln, numerous furniture and wood processing businesses, a chimney seller, two horse shoers, a rug weaver and a refrigerator business.

    Make Rathbun Lake one of your stops when you tour Iowa.