Whether power boating or sailing , Rathbun Lake , also known as Iowa ’ s Ocean , has something to offer for all .
Power boaters on Rathbun Lake will enjoy the large main body of the lake on calm days for water skiing on its glass like surface . If the wind blows too hard , the Buck Creek , Honey Creek and South Fork arms of the lake offer protection from rough water .
Sail boaters can find plenty of room to maneuver on Rathbun Lake ’ s nine-mile fetch of open water on the main body of the lake . The size of the lake and combined with the prevailing winds make Rathbun Lake one of the best sailing lakes in Iowa .
Buck Creek Marina on the east end provides fuel and a mooring facility along with other supplies . Buck Creek Marina lessees now manage both ramps at their facility . Buck Creek Marina has launching fees that differ from the fees at Corps managed ramps . Honey Creek Resort provides mooring for resort visitors and boat rentals .
Boaters should be aware that hazardous boating areas do occur on Rathbun Lake . For locations of the hazardous boating please refer to the lake map . Use caution at all times while boating . Remember to follow safety rules while boating at Rathbun Lake .
Boat Ramps are available for usage at all eight parks and Honey Creek Resort . The Corps of Engineers manages six boat ramps . A day use pass is required at Corps of Engineers managed boat ramps . South Fork Park boat ramp is now available year-round .
Day use fees are required for launching at Corps managed boat ramps . A daily fee of $ 5 is charged to launch at ramps . In lieu of the daily permit an annual pass may be purchased for $ 40 . This pass is good at any Corps of Engineers facility nationwide .