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Honey Creek State Park

Honey Creek State Park in southern Iowa features 828 acres of rolling, timbered hills with the beautiful backdrop of Iowa’s second largest lake, Rathbun Lake. Many wooded areas offer visitors a secluded setting for wildlife viewing, especially abundant eer and turkey, along with numerous bird species. Honey Creek State Park is a few miles down the road from Honey Creek Resort State Park.


  Hike five miles of multi-use trails at Honey Creek or travel along the Woodland Interpretive trail to learn about the 17 ancient Woodland Native American mounds in the park. Interpretive displays at the beginning of the trail detail the history of Honey Creek State Park.

 Boat or Fish in the waters of Rathbun Lake. The lake is a focal point of the area, and several recreational opportunities such as fishing and paddling can be enjoyed. The North Boat Ramp is the largest on the lake, providing fishing and boating access.

 Stay overnight in one of four rustic camping cabins or at the park’s campground. The pine log cabins feature covered porches, basic furnishings, electricity, microwaves, small refrigerators and heating and air conditioning. Water and sanitary facilities are not available in the cabins, but restrooms and showers are in the campground. The campground has modern sites, a universally accessible site, electricity and a dump station. One fourth of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis and advance reservations can be made through the online reservation system for Honey Creek State Park.

  Reserve one of two open shelters for an outdoor gathering during your visit. Picnic shelters overlook the lake and can be reserved through the online reservation system for Honey Creek State Park.

Honey Creek State Park
12194 Honey Creek Pl
Moravia, IA 52571
Ph. 641-724-3739

Cabin Closure 12/1/2022 to 3/31/2023: Starting on the Dec. 1 2022, the cabins at Honey Creek State Park will be closed for the season. Cabins will re-open on April 1st.
Dock and Fish Cleaning Station Closures 10/24/22: All docks and fish cleaning stations at the main and high water boat ramps have been removed, except for the wedge dock which will remain in place at the main boat ramp until the lake begins to freeze. This bulletin will be removed when the docks have been returned in Spring 2023.
10/24/2022 RESTROOM CLOSURE: The north and south campground shower buildings and flush toilets are now closed for the season. The modern restroom facility at the main boat ramp is closed as well. All vault toilets in the park will remain open. The modern restrooms will reopen in mid-April 2023, weather permitting. This bulletin will be removed when the facilities are open.
  • Interpretive trails
  • Hiking trails
  • Playground
  • Swimming beach
  • Boat ramp
  • Fishing dock
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Shelters (2)
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Camping cabins (4)
  • Electric campsites (75)
  • Non-electric campsites (42)
  • Walk to campsites (3)
  • Youth group only campsites (1)
  • Dump station