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Rathbun Reservoir

Appanoose County - Iowa
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8 miles northwest of Centerville

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Frequently Asked Questions About Rathbun Reservoir, IA


How big is Rathbun Reservoir?
Rathbun Reservoir is approximately 11,000 sq acres (44.5 sq km) in size.

How deep is Rathbun Reservoir?
Rathbun Reservoir is approximately 48 feet (14.6 m) at its deepest point.

What kind of fish can you catch in Rathbun Reservoir?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Carp, Channel Catfish, Drum (Sheepshead), Largemouth Bass, Walleye, White Bass and White Crappie in Rathbun Reservoir.


Are there places to stay in the Rathbun Reservoir area?
Are you craving a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? Or maybe you're an avid angler in search of the perfect fishing spot? Look no further! Rathbun Reservoir and its surrounding area offer an abundance of options to suit your needs. If you're in need of accommodation, check out our area map which highlights some of the best places to stay. And if you're looking for even more options, head on over to our Travel section. But why settle for a traditional hotel or resort when you can take your adventure to the next level by renting a RV? The open road awaits you!
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Are there places to eat and drink near Rathbun Reservoir?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

What are the fishing regulations for Rathbun Reservoir?
Iowa Department of Natural Resources There are specific fishing regulations Rathbun Reservoir that you need to know. For complete fishing regulations visit the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. To report a violation call (800) 532-2020 . Need a Iowa fishing license?

Explore the Rathbun Reservoir area in a RV
Are you looking for an adventurous vacation option that won't break the bank? Look no further than renting an RV! Contrary to popular belief, the process is much simpler than you might imagine. With just a few easy steps, you'll soon be experiencing the ultimate freedom and convenience of exploring the open road in your very own recreational vehicle. And the best part? RV travel can save you up to 60% compared to other types of vacations! With the money you'll save, you'll be able to travel even more and create unforgettable memories along the way. So why wait? Start planning your next adventure today with an RV rental. Learn more about renting a RV.

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Controling Authority
Adam Arnold, Conservation Officer; 641-777-2164; [email protected]
Dallas Davis, Conservation Officer; 641-777-2163; [email protected]
Mark Flammang, Fisheries Biologist; 641-647-2406; [email protected]

What is the average air temp for Rathbun Reservoir?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Rathbun Reservoir? Don't forget to plan ahead! Weather can be unpredictable, but we've got you covered. On average, air temperatures during this time of year range from a high around 61°F (16°C) to a low around 40°F (5°C). Of course, these are just historical averages, so be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws your way. For the most up-to-date weather information, be sure to check out our Weather Bar located at the top of this page.

Are there any state parks near Rathbun Reservoir?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 7 state parks in the vacinity of Rathbun Reservoir.

For more Iowa State Park information see our State Park Guide.

Rathbun Reservoir Reviews
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jerry n.
5 star rating
Lake Rathbun is an excellent crappie lake. May fishing every year produces many 11 to 13 inch white crappie. Most of our tournament fishermen drift for suspended crappie. Many are also caught in the various coves.
Reviewed Apr 10, 2009
john p.
4 star rating
Wow huge lake I guess that is why they call it Iowa's ocean. Well they got it right. We went up for the fall crappie and caught them. I like this lake alot because of all the extreme conditions you can encounter. At one end of the lake it is mud shoreline with no cover the other shore line 11 miles away you can explore the vast amount of flooded timber. whatever tickles your fancy you can find it on Rathbun.If you are hard up to catch a fish just hang out by the marinas and fish the docks guaranteed to catch fish no matter what specie.
Reviewed Nov 5, 2004

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