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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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Fees include 30 amp electric sites for $16.00 and 50 amp electric sites for $18.00 and non electric sites for $12.00 from May 1 through September 30.  This park is located on the northwest end of the lake and facilities include: 51 reservable campsites (46 electric sites) and 49 non reservable campsites (47 electric sites), boat ramp, dump station, reservable shelter, shower houses, fish cleaning station, and playground.

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Fees include 30 amp electric sites for $16.00 and 50 amp electric sites for $18.00 from May 8 through September 30.  This park is located on the east end of the lake and facilities include: 19 electric reservable campsites and 5 electric non-reservable campsites, dump station, shower house, fish cleaning station, and playground.

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Fees include 30 amp electric sites for $16.00 and 50 amp electric sites for $18.00 from May 1 through September 30.  This is the largest campground at Rathbun and is located on the southeast end of the lake.  Facilities include: 93 reservable electric campsites and 93 non-reservable electric campsites, boat ramp, dump station, showerhouses, reservable shelter, playground, swimming beach and fish cleaning station.

 

Group Camp

Fees include $125.00 per night Sunday through Thursday and $200.00 per night Friday and Saturday.  The area is located within the Island View Campground and includes 12 electric sites, picnic shelter, shower house, and dump station.

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Fees include 50 amp electric sites for $18.00 from May 15 though September 15.  This campground is located on the north side of the lake and facilities include: 28 reservable electric sites and 26 non-reservable electric sites, boat ramp, dump station, showerhouses, playground, fish cleaning station, and reservable shelter.

 

Group Camp

Fees include $50.00 per night Sunday through Thursday and $100.00 per night Friday and Saturday.  The area is located within Prairie Ridge campground and includes 9 non-electric campsites and a picnic shelter nearby.

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The Buck Creek Marina Campground is a concession area managed by Rathbun Marinas.  Fees are $20 for 50 amp electric campsites from May 1 through September 30.  Buck Creek Marina is located on the east end of the lake and facilities include: 22 reservable electric campsites, boat ramp, boat slips, shower house, dump station, and fish cleaning station.  To obtain additional information or to make a reservation, contact 641-724-3212.

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The Southfork Marina Campground is a concession area managed by Rathbun Marinas.  Fees include $12/$15 for non-electric campsites and $20 for electric campsites.  South Fork Marina is located on the south west end of the lake and facilities include: 80 reservable campsites (29 electric), boat ramp, boat slips, dump station, fish cleaning station, and shower house.   Additional information can be obtained by calling 641-647-2625.

Campground Maps

Fees include $11.00 for non-electric campsites, $16.00 for electric campsites and $19.00 for 50 amp electric sites with sewer and water hookup.  This campground is located on the north side of the lake and facilities include:  27 full hookup campsites (15 reservable), 75 electric campsites (39 reservable), 45 non-electric campsites (25 reservable), 4 cabins, dump station, and showerhouse.  Additional information can be obtained through the Honey Creek State Park website or by calling the office phone number at 641-724-3739.

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Campsites Renumbered

Campsites in Bridge View have been renumbered.  Please consult the campground maps below to locate the new site numbers.

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