Honey Creek Resort State Park

Family friendly lakeshore retreat

Set on the shores of Rathbun Lake and surrounded by woodlands and rolling prairie, Honey Creek Resort State Park offers wilderness adventure with the comfort you need on a family vacation. Spend the day hiking, fishing, playing golf or kayaking, then settle in for locally-sourced cuisine with lake views at Rathbun Lakeshore Grille.

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Dining with lake views, a waterpark for the kids & wilderness adventure

What it's like

Rathbun Lakeshore GrilleGuestrooms in the Lodge are designed with clean lines and warm gold tones, with a nod to the rustic in the Shaker-like bedsteds. Cottages offer full kitchens, and some have sleeping lofts ideal for older children. Opt for a lakeside campsite if you're traveling with an RV. 

Independent spirit

Total access to nature

Small touches

Guided activities make an adventurous night of fishing on the lake or a family kayak expedition easy.

Eat and drink

Dine on steak and seafood with an international wine list at the Rathbun Lakeshore Grille. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and a Sunday brunch buffet are offered. 

Rathbun Lakeshore Grille

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Rooms & Rates

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The resort is in a wilderness area right on the shores of 33 sq. mi. Rathbun Lake, 1 1/2 hours from Des Moines by car. 

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Guest Services

  • 105 spacious guest rooms and suites
  • Concierge
  • Great Room in lodge with massive mosaic fireplace

Eat & Drink

  • Room service
  • Rathbun Lakeshore Grille
  • Picnic Pavilion

Fitness & Recreation

  • Fitness center
  • 18-hole championship links style golf course
  • Pirate-themed indoor water park with daily passes
  • 40-boat slips, launch, and fishing pier
  • Playground
  • Educational programs by on-site naturalist staff
  • Water sports and bike rental
  • Miles of multi-purpose trails through woods and natural prairie

Meetings & Events

  • 6,500 sq. ft. conference center with state-of-the-art technology

In-room amenities

  • Desk with chair
  • Oversized sitting chair and ottoman
  • Flat screen TV
  • Large closet 
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Hair dryer
  • Personal coffeemaker

Cancellation policy

Must cancel 14 days prior to arrival for a full refund.
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