Honey Creek State Park

A Sweet Escape

In nature, life tends to spring up around water. And, oh, how that’s true at Honey Creek State Park in Iowa.

Here, one good idea inspired another. The park offers 805 acres of hiking, hunting and exploration gold. Honey Creek Resort was built around one of the park’s most popular draws, Rathbun Lake. And with that, the ultimate family-friendly resort was born.

The recreation possibilities are many. Boating, fishing and kayaking on the lake. One of Iowa’s best public golf courses. An aquapark for kids. If you enjoy the outdoors, Honey Creek is a dream setting.

Way out in the rolling hills of Iowa, the land goes on and on. And so do the moments.

Rathbun Lake

With 11,000 acres of gorgeous water and 150 miles of shoreline, Rathbun Lake is Iowa’s second-largest lake, with countless activities to explore.

Buccaneer Bay Indoor Water Park

Honey Creek Resort guests can enjoy a tropical party any time of the year – complete with water slides, a lazy river, pool and hot tub.

Outdoor Aquapark

The 3,900-square-foot water sport attraction is an inflatable activity paradise for all ages.

The Preserve Golf Course

This 18-hole championship golf course has the perfect blend of great golf and natural landscapes.

Naturalist Programs

Discover nature’s wonders with guided hikes, animal encounters, crafts, games and even campfire stories.


Appanoose County has several white-tailed deer and turkey hunting areas, including public hunting and wildlife management areas and private shooting preserves.

Popular Activities

What floats your boat? Honey Creek Resort has it all included with your stay.

A pontoon boat rental at Honey Creek Resort on Rathbun Lake


Pay extra to rent a pontoon boat (which can fit up to 14 people) to make your experience even more memorable.

Two Honey Creek Resort guests on stand-up paddleboards

Kayaking / Paddle-Boarding

Take to the open water and test your balance skills with kayak and paddle board rentals – included with overnight stays.

A happy girl catching a fish at Rathbun Lake


Walleye, bass, catfish and crappie abound at the 11,000-acre Rathbun Lake. Pick up your fishing license and equipment right at Honey Creek.

Honey Creek Resort bike rentals on the shores of Rathbun Lake, Iowa


The entire resort is bike-friendly, making it a great exploration option. If you’ve never tried a tandem bicycle, here’s your chance.

Explore Lodging

When you book a stay at Honey Creek Resort, you’re not just reserving a room; you’re planning an adventure! After you’ve finished a day of exploring Rathbun Lake or golfing at The Preserve, enjoy a space that’s cozy and just for you.

Honey Creek Resort guestroom interior

The Lodge on Rathbun Lake

Our 105 spacious and luxurious lodge rooms are the perfect place to stay and play. Steps away from your room, you can dine at our restaurant, or splash around at our indoor water park. Learn more.
Honey Creek Cottage interior

The Cottages at Rathbun Lake

Located between Rathbun Lake and The Preserve golf course, these well-equipped cottages include a beautiful full kitchen, a wrap-around deck, and a cozy fireplace in the living room. Learn more.
RV Park at Honey Creek Resort

RV Park

Our lakeside RV camp sites offer the best of both worlds - camping in the great outdoors, plus access to the Resort's many amenities, including kayaks, paddleboards, and water park passes. Learn more.


Fun comes in so many forms at Honey Creek Resort.

Visit Honey Creek State Park

South-Central Iowa is home to a beautiful lake, one-of-a-kind aquapark, golf course and more – all at a great vacation destination: Honey Creek Resort. When you’ve finished a day of exploring wide-open spaces, you’ll also have a comfortable space to relax.