Honey Creek Resort State Park RV & Campground Guide


Honey Creek Resort State Park sits in Appanoose County, Iowa, along the shores of Rathbun Lake. The 828-acre park consists of a hunting area, fish hatchery, and an adjacent resort. The weather is most pleasant in June, August, and September, with July being among the comfortable months, but it may get very hot with an average high of 85.6 degrees. In December the snow might cover the surface with a layer 6.4 inches thick. Centerville, a 25-mile drive to the south, is the nearest town where you can shop and dine. Some other nearby communities include Ottumwa, Pella, and Oskaloosa. 

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Spring 27-72 F
Summer 60-86 F
Fall 28-63 F
Winter 13-32 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Honey Creek Resort State Park

The easiest way to experience nature is to get out there and camp for a few days; however, sleeping on a very thin mattress inside a small tent may limit the fun you have while out in the camp. Instead of setting up a small tent, bring an RV rental to the state park. This is the easiest way to explore one of the 129 camping spots in the state park. 

Honey Creek State Park North Campground

The Honey Creek State Park offers enough space for at least 20 large RVs and trailers in the northern section of the campground. You can park an RV up to 90 feet long. Once you are there, you will enjoy hook-ups that connect you to electricity lines, water, and sewer lines. During summer, the campground may be busy. As such, you might need to reserve your spot early in advance. From the North Campground, you will access amenities such as the Business Center, Laundry Center, and the gym. While there, you can also enjoy a visit to the Nature Center, which offers many more fun activities. Rates start at $34/day.

Honey Creek State Park South Campground

In the south campground, Honey Creek State Park features 54 camping sites. Most of the sites can accommodate a 35-foot rig. While there, you can connect to water, electricity, and a sewage system. Like the North Campground, you can access four Buccaneer Bay Indoor Waterpark wristbands to enjoy your stay at the camp even more. If you choose this site, you will be a little far from the water but still have easy access. Rates start at $34/night.

Island View Park Campground

Located on the southeast end of Rathbun Lake, Island View Park offers another great camping option in the region. This large campground features 187 sites, all of which have electrical hookups. Furthermore, it has flush and pit toilets, showers, drinking water, and a dump station. There are also picnic areas and plenty of great access areas to the lake. Rates start at $18 a night.

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What to Do at
Honey Creek Resort State Park

Inside Honey Creek Resort State Park

Once you get to Honey Creek Resort State Park, you'll be able to enjoy everything from golfing and interpretive programs to family field packs and biking. Because of the park’s proximity to Rathbun Lake, water activities such as boating, kayaking, and paddleboarding are also common, especially in summer. It's important to note that the resort, which has a variety of lodging options, is actually adjacent to Honey Creek State Park. If you want indoor activities, the Buccaneer Bay Indoor Water Park, which is in the Honey Creek Resort, offers fun for families without having to go far from your RV. 

Outside Honey Creek Resort State Park

If you want to explore some attractions outside Honey Creek Resort State Park, simply take a ride around Rathbun Lake. This region is filled with various parks and scenic destinations. For dining and shopping opportunities, you can take a road trip to Centerville. 


Lucile's Steaks & Spirits in The Continental Hotel

Located at The Continental Hotel, this contemporary restaurant is one of the top local choices for families and corporate groups. In particular, guests love homemade chips and house ranch dip. 

Type: American

Location: 217 N 13th St, Centerville, IA 52544


Casey’s is a pizzeria with unique pies made from mozzarella cheese and scratch dough. The toppings are fresh from the local farms. You can also enjoy toppings, drinks, and a variety of groceries.

Type: Pizza

Location: 105 S 18th St, Centerville, IA 52544


Subway offers sandwiches and other great foods from the chain’s long list of items. It is a great breakfast spot as the sandwiches are always fresh.

Type: Deli

Location: 1015A N 18th St Suite A, Centerville, IA 52544


Shoppes at Bradley Hall

Shoppes offers a great shopping experience for visitors and locals alike. You can step in for antiques, specialty gifts, silk flowers, candy, educational toys, and Iowa wine. It is a shopping attraction for everyone.

Location: 519 Drake Ave, Centerville, IA 52544

Gypsy Quarter

This unique shop features three floors of clothing, home décor, vintage items, and more. Serving customers since 2011, it's the perfect place to shop if you like finding surprises. 

Location: 119 W Van Buren St Centerville, IA 52544

Tie Dye Shop & Boutique

Like colorful clothes? At the Tie Dye Shop & Boutique, you can find dresses, sarongs, baby clothes, hoodies, and purses, all with bright designs. They also sell tie-dyes so you can make your own designs at home.

Location: 1735 South 18th St, Centerville, IA 52544


Apanoose Historical Museum

This is a family attraction in an old building constructed in 1903. Here, you can see mines, mining exhibits, and mining videos. It is a great place to learn about the history of Centerville and its people. 

Location: 100 W Maple St, Centerville, IA 52544

Sharon Bluffs State Park

Located three miles from Centerville, this park is a great place for family picnics and nature walks along the banks of Chariton River.

Location: 25100 520th St, Centerville, IA 52544

Morgan Cline City Park

This is a family-friendly park in Centerville. It offers children's playgrounds, shelter houses, and tennis courts. 

Location: 217 N 13th St, Centerville, IA 52544

Island View Park

Just nine miles northwest of Centerville, this park offers some amazing views of Rathbun Lake. This is a fun alternative to Honey Creek State Park.

Location: 14519 185th Ave, Mystic, IA 52574

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How to Get to
Honey Creek Resort State Park

If you are in Moravia, Iowa, take Highway J18 and drive for about 20 minutes into the park. Those in Des Moines can drive through Highway US-69 to IA-5 and drive to the resort state park. Roads into the park have nice pavement, and anyone driving an RV will find sufficient parking in the park. 

Entering Honey Creek Resort State Park

You will not pay to get into the park. Once you are there, you can have any other fun through rental equipment and pay for other services inside the park. 

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Honey Creek Resort State Park is the ideal destination for anglers, families, and RVers who just want to travel through Iowa. With an RV rented through RVShare.com, you're sure to have a good time here. Don't forget to share your wonderful camping memories with us. You can tag us on your social media posts about Honey Creek Resort State Park. Another option is to send your pictures to us at [email protected] for a chance to be featured on our blog!