Prairie Ridge Park RV & Campground Guide
Prairie Ridge Parknear Moravia, Iowa, sits on the northeastern end of Rathbun Lake, which offers visitors a sense of tranquility and adventure. Here, you will find 54 camping sites along with a dump station, showers, and fresh drinking water. Besides all the campground amenities, visitors can enjoy activities like kayaking, fishing, birdwatching, picnicking, or mountain biking. Moravia is bordered by the towns of Mystic and Albia.
RV Resorts & Campsites in Prairie Ridge Park
When you travel to Prairie Ridge Park in an RV, you'll have the power to plan your trip according to your needs. Imagine lounging in your camper just steps away from Rathbun Lake. Consider RVshare when choosing your next RV rental for your travels.
Buck Creek Campground
Campers hoping to set their eyes on bald eagles, Canada geese, or a white-tailed deer will be in luck when they set up their campsites at Buck Creek Campground. Like Prairie Ridge Park, this spot sits right on Rathbun Lake. This means you'll have the opportunity to catch your favorite fish. Expect to pay a daily rate of $18 for 30-amp sites and $20 for 50-amp sites between May and September.
- Electric hookups
- Flush toilets
- Picnic shelters
- Dump station
- Fresh drinking water
- Trash pickup
Another campsite that is also located off Rathbun Lake is Bridgeview. It's a large campground with room for 106 family sites. The majority of the spots here offer electric, about 95. For some fun while spending the day or weekend at Bridgeview, go for a hike where you may be able to spot some of the various types of wildlife that reside around the lake. Other things to do here include fishing, biking, ice climbing, and swimming. Campers can expect daily rates to run from $18 -$20 at this campsite, depending on the time of year and type of site.
- Accessible boat ramp
- Flush toilets
- Dump station
- Horseshoe pit
- Scenic overlooks
- Lantern posts
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What to Do at
Prairie Ridge Park
Inside Prairie Ridge Park
You will find eight miles of hiking trails here at Prairie Ridge Park. In addition to a large hiking area, you might see some people out on the lake sailing on their boats or windsurfing. Other common activities for visitors include bike riding, fishing, and picnicking.
Outside Prairie Ridge Park
Besides all of the activities that are available at Prairie Ridge Park, there are other sites you may want to visit while you are in Moravia. This city has several restaurants, shops, and interesting spots to see. Moravia is a small town, and sometimes the smallest towns are the ones that have the most life in the traditions, cultures, and hidden secrets.
The Rathbun Lakeshore Grill is a good stopping point for any meal of the day. They offer a variety of menu choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and right after you are done eating, you can step outside and play a little bit of golf since it is located right at Honey Creek Resort. Besides playing golf, there is also an onsite waterpark here, so bringing a bathing suit is a must if you plan on splashing the day away.
Type: Casual Dining
Location: 12633 Resort Drive, Moravia, IA 52517
In business since the year 2005, Captain Landing's Restaurant is a great little restaurant that serves pizza, chicken wings, and sandwiches. It's a family-owned operation with three generations working side by side to please the bellies of Iowans living in Moravia.
Type: Fast Food
Location: 21264 HWY J5T, Moravia, IA 52517
Named after a coal mine and boasting the title of being the only place in Exline to get a home-cooked meal, White Oaks Grill is a cozy restaurant set in the tiny city of Exline, Iowa. With a population of only 154 people, to the locals of this town, coming to eat here is like dining with your very own family. Newcomers will feel welcomed once they stop by for dinner here, and menu items include steaks, country fried chicken, and a variety of homemade pies. Breakfast and lunch are available on the grill, too, for those who like to eat earlier in the day.
Type: Casual Dining
Location: 102 W Main St., Exline, IA 52555
When in the mood for a little bit of Chinese food, Jing Jing Chinese Restaurant offers up a long list of authentic Chinese dishes at affordable prices.
Location: 7171 ½ N. 18th St., Centerville, IA 52544
Open since 1973, Godfather’s Pizza is a local staple in the Albia, Iowa, area. Founded by friends looking for someplace to hang out, Godfather's Pizza got its start when one day the friends decided they were hungry, knocked down a wall, installed a kitchen, and started making pizzas.
Location: 107 N. Main Street, Albia, IA 52531
The Junk Parlor sells a variety of vintage items. You will find a lot of random items here, such as an antique red cross first aid kit and antique cups and bowls. There is even an antique tin can of boric acid available. With all of these mystery boxes put together, it truly is junk but the good kind.
Location: 23919 470th St., Centerville, IA 52544
Selling women's clothing and home décor, the Gypsy Quarter is an interesting shop located in Iowa. The environment is cozy, and you never know what you will find.
Location: 119 West Van Buren Street, Centerville, IA 52544
Tangleberries isn’t just any old coffee shop. Besides running a café, patrons can actually sleep here. Each lodging opportunity is a small apartment on the second floor of the shop and comes with a dining room, living room, bedroom, and other amenities to make their guests comfortable.
Location: 102 W. Jackson Street, Centerville, IA 52544
Mystique Vintage & Antiques
Another shop offering vintage items is Mystique Vintage & Antiques. They have two locations in the Centerville area, and the store is a mix of seasonal décor items, clothing, and household needs.
Location: 210 N 12th St., Centerville, IA 52544
Lula’s Bakery origin story is a heartwarming one. It began as Lula Cakes in 2011 when the owner found her late grandmother's chocolate cake recipe and decided to see if she could recreate it. With success, the inspiration came to open up a bakery shop, and thus, Lula's was breathed into creation. The bakery sells various cupcakes by the dozen, as well as a variety of cookies.
Location: 200 N 12th Street, Centerville, IA 52544
Built in 1903, the Wabash Depot Museum Complex is a relic from the past. It was once part of the Wabash railroad system, and today it has become a historical site where visitors can learn about and examine railroad artifacts. There is even an old railroad car onsite. The complex also features a garden, church, and kitchen that visitors may explore.
Location: 800 West North Street, Moravia, IA 52571
Although not currently open at this time, the Appanoose County Historical & Coal Mining Museum is a site that should be visited on your future stops to Centerville, IA. It features a sheriff's residence and connecting jail, as well as a wooden log cabin called the bland cabin that was taken apart log by log, relocated, and rebuilt into what it is now.
Location: 100 W. Maple Street, Centerville, IA 52544
Lelah Bradly Park is a great place to spend a day bike riding. It has two lakes and 10 miles of trails for hikers to explore the grounds. Bring a fishing pole to see the life in the lakes or bring your hunting gear as hunting is allowed on site.
Location: 25100 520th Street, Centerville, IA 52544
This large national park extends to other states besides Iowa, such as Illinois, Wyoming, Utah, and Nebraska. The Mormon Pioneer Trail is dedicated to a group of Mormon pioneers who traveled across 1300 miles after fleeing the city of Nauvoo in Illinois.
Tile jewelry, artwork, and other antique items are found at Forbrush Artiques. It's an eclectic little shop, and sometimes those can be the best.
Location: 22408 490th Street, Centerville, IA 52544
How to Get to
Prairie Ridge Park
If you are traveling from Moravia, head four miles west on Highway J18. Go south 2.5 miles on 200th Avenue, and keep going straight until you see signs for the campsite.