Rathbun Lake


Rathbun Lake, Iowa

Rathbun Lake real estate is the fourth largest market for lake homes and land in Iowa.

There are typically around 10 lake homes for sale on Rathbun Lake, and 60 lots and land listings available. Rathbun Lake homes for sale have an average list price of $175,000.

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  • 155Mi. of Shoreline
  • 25Avg. Depth
  • 50Deepest Depth
  • Shoreline Borders
    State Park (Some)
    National Park (Some)
  • Year Built
  • Managed By
    US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Ownership
  • Acreage
(641) 724-3212
County Road J5T
Moravia, IA 52571
Golf Courses
Appanoose Country Club
(641) 856-2222
1998 Country Club Rd
Centerville, IA 52544
(641) 724-1400
185th Avenue, Resort Dr
Moravia, IA 52571
(641) 724-3739
12194 Honey Creek Pl
Moravia, IA 52571
Island View Campground
(641) 647-2079
19357 Islandview Pl
Mystic, IA 52574
  • Counties: Appanoose County
  • Fish: Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass Hybrid, Walleye, White Crappie
  • Notable events: Annual Honey Creek Oktoberfest, Annual Bluegrass Festival
  • Sailing clubs: Rathbun Yacht ClubMidwest Sailing Club
  • Interesting facts: Rathbun is a man-made reservoir. Some of the focuses of its creation were recreation, fish and wildlife habitat and flood damage reduction.
  • Known for: It's known for its reconstruction in 1950 and for being one of the largest lakes in Iowa.
  • History: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made Lake Rathbun when they built a dam in the Chariton River in the 1960s. The lake was completed in 1972.
  • Landmarks: Lelah Bradley Park, Appanoose Historical and Coal Mining Museum, Sharon Bluffs State Park, Historic Mural
  • Permit is not required to use the lake.
  • Jet skis are allowed.
  • Motorized boats are allowed.
  • Houseboats are allowed.
  • Boating restrictions (No).
  • Dock restrictions (No).
(641) 437-4111
1 Old Hwy 5
Centerville, IA 52544
Des Moines International Airport
5800 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321
85 miles away
Albia Mayor
120 A St S, Albia, IA 52531
28 miles away
About Rathbun Lake
The Largest Lake in Iowa

Encompassing over 11,000 acres in Appanoose County is the popular vacation destination, Rathbun Lake. It is considered the largest lake in the state of Iowa and has more than enough room with 155 miles of shoreline.

Rathbun Lake was created in the 1960s for drinking water supply, recreation, fish and wildlife habitat, flood damage reduction, downstream water quality improvement, and storage for supplementing navigational flows.

Known For Its Lake Recreation

Boating, fishing, and sailing are some of the more popular sports enjoyed on Rathbun Lake. Other activities such as skiing, swimming, windsurfing, kayaking, and canoeing can be done on Rathbun Lake.

Rathbun Lake has many convenient locations for boaters, including a couple of marinas and several boat ramps.

The lake is a hot spot for fishing because it has the largest warm-water fish hatchery. The fishery produces channel catfish, walleye, saugeye, and largemouth bass. You can also find crappies in Rathbun Lake.

There are several parks along the shore of Rathbun Lake, including Honey Creek State Park, Buck Creek Park, Outlet Park, Island View Park, Rathbun State Wildlife Area, and Bridgeview Recreation Area. These make perfect places to get some exercise in the great outdoors.

Live Big on Iowa’s Largest Lake

Whether you are looking to buy a family home, a full-time retirement residence, or a vacation rental, Rathbun Lake is an excellent choice.