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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.


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

Kayaking / Paddle-Boarding

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


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


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


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.