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PRAIRIE RIDGE (RATHBUN LAKE), IA

part ofRathbun Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Photo: PRAIRIE RIDGE (RATHBUN LAKE)
Status: Closed through Wed May 14 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Prairie Ridge Park is located on beautiful Rathbun Lake, just 6 miles southwest of Moravia, Iowa. Camping, boating, swimming, fishing, and picnicking are popular activities at this lakefront 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. Shade is limited.

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

Recreation:

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

Although power boating is popular, the prevailing winds at Rathbun Lake, also known as Iowa's Ocean, make it one of the best sailing lakes in Iowa.

Facilities:

The park offers 54 family sites with electric hookups, and a group campsite and group day-use area. Amenities include flush and pit toilets, showers, drinking water, a dump station, boat ramp and playground.

Nearby Attractions:

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.

Southern Iowa's only Off Highway Vehicle Park is nearby, on the south bank of the South Fork Chariton River, encompassing nearly 125 acres of an abandoned rock quarry.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hookups
  • Entrance Station
  • Flush Toilets
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Pit Toilets
  • Playground
  • Self Pay Station
  • Showers
Know Before You Go
  • 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.
  • Please register for campsites during booth hours, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. and 3 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • For more information, visit the Rathbun Lake website

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
40.87694, -92.88722
40°52'37"N, 92°53'14"W

From Moravia, IA, travel 4 miles west on Highway J18, then south 2.5 miles on 200th Avenue (gravel). Follow signs into campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

PRAIRIE RIDGE (RATHBUN LAKE)
20112 HWY J5T
CENTERVILLE IA 52544-8308

Phone Number:

Information: (641)724-3103
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