A Sweet Escape

Honey Creek State Park

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

Here, one good idea inspired another. The State 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 great outdoors, Honey Creek is a dream destination in Mid-America.

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


Top Attractions

Honey Creek’s main attraction is the shining waters and 150 miles of shoreline that makeup Rathbun Lake. Rent paddleboards and kayaks or fish from the pier. Bike along the shore or grab a game of beach volleyball. Whatever floats your boat at Iowa's second-largest lake!

For those looking to practice their swing, The Preserve on Rathbun Lake is just as exciting. Tee up on an 18-hole championship golf course, and enjoy the natural beauty all around.

Must-Do Activity

The Outdoor Aquapark is a must-do for families visiting Honey Creek State Park. Flip, slide, climb or jump your way to cool summer fun on this 3,900-square-foot water sport attraction, an inflatable paradise for all ages.

Off the Beaten Path

Discover the natural beauty, plus a bit of history, of the area on two feet. Enjoy five miles of multi-use trails at Honey Creek State Park, or explore the Woodland Interpretive Trail to learn about the Native Americans who once inhabited the area. 17 ancient Woodland Native American mounds remain in the park!

Insider's Tip

While hunting is not permitted on the grounds of Honey Creek, several hunting areas are available in the surrounding woods of Appanoose County. Sportsmen seeking turkey and white-tailed deer will enjoy a day in one of the wildlife management areas or private shooting preserves.



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