Just outside of Centerville, Iowa sits Rathbun Lake -- a giant body of water where many campers flock to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It's not hard to see why so many love it here, especially at Buck Creek, where the grounds are pristine, amenities are abundant, and a night on the town is only a short drive away!
The facility here includes 42 campsites, many of which are level enough for larger motorhomes, though maneuvering the roads into the grounds can be a bit tight. Electric hookups are available at each lot, as is a picnic table and fire ring. The camp asks that you try to purchase wood locally to keep the good times in and invasive pests out. Drinking water is provided, as is an on-site dump station. There is a marina just outside of the main camping loop, though this area contains more full-season RVers. Rates to stay are $18 per night for a basic site and $2 more for a slightly larger lot.
Most of the fun at this campground is out on the water, where kayaking, canoeing, boating, and, due to unusually strong winds, sailing are common ways to spend the day. If the days are hot, head to the nearby swimming beach to laze around and cool off in the clear waters. Any OHVer will love crashing through the state's only designated off-roading zone, located just outside of the park.
Canine campers are welcome at Buck Creek, as long as their owners keep them on-leash and well-behaved. Also, as you would anywhere, be sure to clean up after your pooch promptly and properly, disposing of all waste in the trash receptacles provided. The only places where puppers may not go is on the designated swim beach and inside of any of the public buildings.
For the perfect lakeside vacation, add Buck Creek at Rathbun Lake to your camping list!