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


Island View Park is located on beautiful Rathbun Lake, just nine miles northwest of Centerville, Iowa and 8 miles southwest of Moravia.

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.

The prevailing winds on Rathbun Lake, also known as Iowa's Ocean, make it one of the best sailing lakes in Iowa.


This large campground offers 187 family sites and one group site, all with electric hookups. Three group picnic sites are also available.

Amenities include flush and pit toilets, showers, drinking water and a dump station. A boat ramp, dock, marina, playgrounds, and horseshoe pit are all on-site.

Nearby Attractions:

The Rathbun Fish Hatchery is nearby, offering self-guided tours Monday through Friday year-round. Hundreds of thousands of catfish and walleye are produced here each year.

Southern Iowa's only Off Highway Vehicle Park is just 20 minutes from the campground. It is located on the south bank of the South Fork Chariton River and encompasses nearly 125 acres in an abandoned rock quarry.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Biking
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Entrance Station
  • Flush Toilets
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Marina
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Pit Toilets
  • Playground
  • Self Pay Station
  • Showers
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • Swimming beach is approximately 1 mile from the campground
  • 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):
    40.8325, -92.91797
    40°49'57"N, 92°55'5"W

    From Centerville, IA, travel 2.5 miles north on HWY 5, then go 4 miles northwest on J-29, then 0.1 mile north on J5T to the park entrance.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    19357 Island View Place
    Mystic Iowa  IA  52544-8303

    Phone Number:

    Information:  (641)647-2079
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