Facilities and Activities
Honey Creek Resort State Park is a premier destination resort, offering quality accommodations, vacation amenities and a beautiful natural setting. Located on the shore of Rathbun Lake in south-central Iowa, the resort features numerous outdoor recreation activities, a full-time activities staff and special festivals and events for the public throughout the year. Additionally, guests can take advantage of numerous room and vacation package.
Honey Creek Resort features a 105-guest room lodge with an indoor waterpark, full restaurant, conference center, exercise center and more. The staff at Honey Creek Resort can help plan your wedding, family reunion, conference or other special event.
Honey Creek Resort has 28 luxury cottages with two to four bedrooms, fireplaces, flat-screen televisions, fully appointed kitchens, wraparound porches, and much more. Reservations for cottages can be made at www.honeycreekresort.com.
The Preserve Golf Course
The 18-hole award-winning golf course is nestled in 240 acres of rolling prairie and designed to provide a challenge for any golfer, no matter their experience level. Special features include golf cars with GPS technology, environmentally friendly design and management, a full-time director of golf avaialble for lessons, and a golf and snack shop in the club house. To make a tee time or learn more about The Preserve, call 641-724-1400.
Activity Center and Naturalist Staff
Honey Creek Resort features a full calendar of nature-based programs and activities led by a naturalist team. Families or groups can book ahead, or join any of the ongoing activities offered at the resort. From campfire storytelling to fishing and kayaking clinics, numerous activities are available for all ages and groups. The Activitty Center is an environmentally designed building with solar heating, recycled materials, a wind turbine and other eco-friendly technologies.
Buccaneer Bay indoor waterpark with water slide, lazy river, huge hot tub, pirate ship, video games and snack shop. Rathbun Lakeshore Grille featuring a cozy restaurant and lounge, along with outdoor patio and featuring Iowa-based foods and specialities. Also available at Honey Creek Resort are a boat ramp, boat dock, watersport rentals, children's playground made from eco-friendly materials, outdoor pavilion/shelter for up to 400 guests, sunning beach, bicycle rentals, and several miles of multi-purpose trails.
Honey Creek Resort has 20 full hook up electric RV sites near Rathbun Lake. Guests of the RV park can use the full lodge facilities, including the indoor water park and restaurant. Make a reservation at www.honeycreekresort.com.
Lake Activities (boating, fishing)
Rathbun lake is very popular with sailboaters, power boaters, water skiers and anglers. Crappie, walleye and channel catfish are available to challenge anglers. The park has excellent boat launching ramps and conveniently located fish cleaning facilities.
Visitors to Honey Creek Resort State Park return often to enjoy the beautiful setting of rolling, timbered hills against a background of beautiful Lake Rathbun, Iowa's second-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 acrse of land along the Chariton River.
The Corps manages 55 square miles of land and water at Rathbun Lake. Honey Creek Resort is a part of the Rathbun Lake recreation complex consisting of 11,000 acres with eight parks, 155 miles of shoreline, two marinas and 21,000 acres of public land. In addition to Honey Creek Resort State Park, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources manages the original Honey Creek State Park just a few miles from the resort, and the Rathbun Fish Hatchery and Fisheries Research Facility located below the dam.
Honey Creek Resort is located about 12 miles from Moravia and 4 miles from Iconium. The park is approximately 24 miles from both Albia and Centerville.