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part ofRathbun Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Tue Sep 29 2015   Season Dates


Bridgeview Park is located on beautiful Rathbun Lake, just 13 miles northwest of Centerville, Iowa. Camping, boating, swimming, fishing and picnicking are popular activities at this waterfront recreation area.

Natural Features:

Rathbun Lake is situated in the gently rolling hills of the Chariton River Valley in southeast Iowa. The campground consists of open grassy areas dotted with trees.

Bald eagles, white-tailed deer, Canada geese, wild turkey, and other wildlife can be found at Rathbun Lake.


The 11,000-acre lake provides a variety of fishing opportunities for any angler. Crappie, channel catfish, walleye and largemouth bass are most common.

Whether power boating or sailing, Rathbun Lake, also known as Iowa's Ocean, has something to offer everyone. In particular, the water's prevailing winds make it one of the best sailing lakes in Iowa.


This large campground offers 106 family sites, 95 of which have electric hookups. A day-use group picnic shelter for up to 24 people is also available. Amenities include flush and pit toilets, showers, drinking water, a dump station, boat ramp, playground and horseshoe pits.

Nearby Attractions:

Southern Iowa's only Off Highway Vehicle Park is just three miles from the campground. It is located on the south bank of the South Fork Chariton River and encompasses nearly 125 acres of an abandoned rock quarry.

The Rathbun Fish Hatchery is located near the main dam, and offers self-guided tours Monday through Friday year-round. Hundreds of thousands of catfish and walleye are produced here each year.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Flush Toilets
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Pit Toilets
  • Playground
  • Self Pay Station
  • Showers
Know Before You Go
  • Please register for campsites during booth hours, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. and 3 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • If late, you must contact this park within 24 hours after your original check-in time or you will be considered a "no show" resulting in the cancelation of your reservation.
  • For more information, visit the Rathbun Lake website

To slow the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer to our county, we are asking Rathbun Lake visitors to:
  • Purchase firewood from a local source.
  • If you must bring your own firewood, don't leave any firewood behind at your campsite.
  • Click here for more information:http://www.dontmovefirewood.org/the-problem/state-state-information/iowa.html
    • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    40.87861, -93.02667
    40°52'43"N, 93°1'36"W

    From Moravia, IA, travel 10 miles west on Highway J18 and follow signs into the campground.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    20112 HWY J-5T
    CENTERVILLE  IA  52544-8308

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (641)724-3062
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