Boat Ramps are available for usage at all eight parks and Honey Creek Resort. The Corps of Engineers manages six boat ramps. A day use pass is required at Corps of Engineers managed boat ramps. South Fork Park boat ramp is now available year round.
Sail boaters can find plenty of room to maneuver on Rathbun Lake’s nine-mile fetch of open water on the main body of the lake. The size of the lake combined with the prevailing winds makes Rathbun Lake one of the best sailing lakes in Iowa.
Buck Creek Marina provides fuel mooring facilities and other supplies.
Day use fees are required for launching at Corps managed boat ramps. A daily fee of $5.00 is charged to launch at ramps. In lieu of the daily permit an annual pass may be purchased for $40.00. This pass is good at any Corps of Engineers facility nationwide. Buck Creek Marina lessees now manage both ramps at their facility. Buck Creek Marina has launching fees that differ from the fees at Corps managed ramps. Annual Day Use Passes and Corps Camper Passes are not honored at the Buck Creek Marina ramps.
Boaters should be aware that hazardous boating areas do occur on Rathbun Lake. Use caution at all times while boating. Remember to follow safety rules while boating at Rathbun Lake.
Handicapped Docks and Loading Facilities
The Corps of Engineers has a handicapped loading facility available near the Island View Park Dedication Site boat ramp. This facility provides a three level loading ramp, which provides easier and better boating access to everyone.
A handicapped accessible fishing dock is available at the Island View Dedication Site boat ramp located closest to the main dam.