Honey Creek State Park often to enjoy the beautiful setting of 828 acres of rolling, timbered hills against a background of beautiful Lake Rathbun, Iowa's largest lake. In 1954, Congress authorized the construction of Rathbun Lake because the Chariton River Valley in south central Iowa was susceptible to flood and drought problems.Honey Creek is located about 12 miles from Moravia and 4 miles from Iconium.
The Corps manages 55 square miles of land and water at Rathbun Lake. Honey Creek is a part of the Rathbun Lake recreation complex consisting of 11,000 acres with eight parks, 155 miles of shoreline, two marinas and 21,000 acres of public land. In addition to Honey Creek State Park, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources manages the Rathbun Fish Hatchery and Fisheries Research Facility located below the dam.Rathbun Lake is very popular with sailboaters, power boaters, water skiers and anglers.