Class II Rathbun Lake, IA

Rathbun Water Trail (Honey Creek State Park to South Shore Rathbun Lake)

Why paddle ... and why paddle on Rathbun Lake? You can create your own reason: to relax and enjoy nature, to experience the waters without the need for gas or noise, for a low impact cardiac workout, or for the challenge. Whether your paddle craft is a long, sleek sea kayak or a short, stable fishing canoe, just getting out on the water is the real pleasure. Rathbun Lake accommodates all boat styles and paddler skill levels. Sea kayakers can challenge themselves in the vast open waters that stretch for miles. And yet the lake also has endless coves, bays and inlets that offer seclusion. (

Section Details

Trip Length Partial Day, 20.0 Miles
Fishing Yes
Camping Yes
Manager State, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Wild & Scenic No
Water Trail Yes
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