Overlooking 11,000-acre Rathbun Lake, this first-class resort features a 108-room lodge, 28 cabins, a restaurant and lounge, indoord water park and an 18-hole golf course.
For more than 30 years, the idea of “Destination State Parks” has been a topic for discussion by the State of Iowa, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), and the Natural Resources Commission (NRC). During this 30-year period, several master plans were created and discussed. Many of these plans were based at Rathbun Lake.
The current planning for this project began in the spring of 2000 when Gov. Vilsack recommended a series of Destination State Parks as Enterprise Initiatives for the State of Iowa. As a result, the IDNR held a series of public meetings across Iowa to introduce and discuss the prospects for the Destination State Parks. To keep the project moving forward, the IDNR and the NRC hired Shive-Hattery Inc. to establish criteria, evaluate potential sites and make recommendations regarding potential Destination State Park. The conclusion of the report is that the State should undertake a program where several Destination State Parks are developed and built across the State. In addition, the report recommended that the master planning for the Destination State Parks begin with Brushy Creek Recreation Area and Honey Creek State Park.
Information from GoCenterville.com and www.legis.iowa.gov.
Drake is a duck billboard which recognizes the historical relationship between former Governor Francis Drake and Centerville. Francis Drake, a Centerville native, had a successful career as a lieutenant colonel, governor, businessman, banker, lawyer, railroad builder and founder of Drake University. The Drake billboards highlight interesting places to visit and display local history that connect the community to world events. At each Drake location, there are maps pointing out all of the places Drake can be found.