Rathbun Lake is regulated by Title 36 CFR 327 governing public use of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water resources development projects. For a list of all rules and regulations please reference this link.
Rathbun Project Office
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
20112 Hwy J5T
Centerville, IA 52544
Nov 14 2013
Recreation at Rathbun Lake
Rathbun Lake boaters on the shoreline during a holiday weekend.
Rathbun Lake Project Office
Rathbun Lake Office. Located at the south end of the dam. The front lobby is open 24 hours a day so visitors can get lake information.
Rathbun Life Vest Loaner Boards
Rathbun has two free Life Vest Loaner Board locations, one at Island View Dedication Site boat ramp and one at Bridge View boat ramp.
Birdwatchers can view Eagles and other migratory birds in the spring and fall at Rathbun Lake.
Hikers enjoying the trail at Honey Creek Resort State Park.
600 tractors crossed Rathbun Dam in June 2012 during the annual "Great Iowa Tractor Ride".
Rathbun Lake's 11,000 acres of water provide plenty of room for water sports.
Island View Campers
Campers at Island View Park.
Kayaker on Rathbun lake at sunset.
Rathbun Lake staff performing prescribed fire as one of their natural resource techniques.
Completed in April 2012, the Rathbun North Shore Trail consists of an 8.1 mile surfaced trail that connects Prairie Ridge Park to Honey Creek Resort State Park. Designed for hiking and biking, the trail offers vistas of the lake and tours through Southern Iowa prairie and woodlands.
Rathbun Lake Rolling Cove
Rathbun staff planting food plots.
The new caisson building at Rathbun Lake put in by Rathbun Regional Water Association.
Play It Safe at the Lake