Eight campgrounds are conveniently located around Rathbun Lake. The Corps manages five of these campgrounds; Buck Creek, Prairie Ridge, Bridge View, Island View, and Rolling Cove Parks. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources manages Honey Creek campground. A private concessionaire manages the South Fork and Buck Creek Marina campgrounds.
User fees are charged for camping in parks that the Corps of Engineers operates. The amount of the fee is based on the type of facilities provided.
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. Please click on campground specific information for a complete list of amenities and fees for each campground.
Entrance stations are located at most campgrounds and all campgrounds are patrolled routinely by Park Rangers and Appanoose County Sheriff's Deputies. To reserve a Corps of Engineers campsite visit www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.
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