Vacation Activities

There is SO much to do around Foxtail Cabins. Enjoy relaxing on our serene campus, hiking around our pond, or take advantage of the activities just steps away. Foxtail Cabins is the vacation you want - relaxing, adventurous... you name it.

If you enjoy the outdoors, you will love the Rathbun Lake area. With more than 11,000 acres, eight parks, two marinas, and several restaurants and cultural activities nearby, the Rathbun Lake area is a vacation destination for everyone.

As the second largest lake in Iowa, Rathbun is nestled among forested lands, prairies and wetlands preserved to ensure the natural environment. Bald eagles, white-tailed deer, songbirds and other wildlife are prevalent in the area. Rathbun is a flood protection lake managed by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Recreation facilities include boat ramps, camp grounds, picnic areas and playgrounds. The Corps has a Visitors Center that provides information about Rathbun Lake’s natural resources.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages both Honey Creek Resort and the original 850-acre Honey Creek State Park. In the future, the DNR plans to link the two parks, which are separated by a cove, with a pedestrian bridge. Honey Creek State Park offers camping, camping cabins, heated shower facility, trails and a boat ramp.

Another DNR facility in the area is the Rathbun Fish Hatchery. The hatchery raises channel catfish, walleye, saugeye and largemouth bass, which are then stocked in other Iowa lakes. Visitors are welcome year-round, including large-group tours with an appointment.

Culture and Entertainment

In addition to its outdoor entertainment, Rathbun Lake is the centerpiece of Appanoose and Monroe counties, offering many restaurants, entertainment and cultural/historical activities nearby.

A few highlights include:

  • Honey Creek Resort / Water Park & Golf Course
  • Honey Creek State Park
  • Rathbun Country Music Theater
  • Summer Bash at Rathbun Lake (end of July or early August)
  • Nearby historic shops and downtown districts in Centerville, Albia and Bloomfield
  • Mormon Trail
Iowa water park near Foxtail Cabins Lake Rathbun
Families can enjoy a nearby water park!
Golf at Honey Creek Resort
Enjoy terrific golf at Honey Creek Resort and other nearby courses
rent a boat Lake Rathbun

Rent a boat to relax on Rathbun Lake
Paddle Boarding Lake Rathbun
or try stand up paddle boarding
Deer hunting abounds in the area
Rathbun Lake Summer Bash Iowa
The Summer Bash on Rathbun Lake!
wildlife Lake Rathbun
Explore the wildlife around Rathbun Lake!
Fishing Foxtail Cabins Iowa
But the entire area is a sportsman's paradise
Shopping and dining in nearby historic Centerville, Iowa!

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