Iowa’s Ocean in Appanoose County
Monday, July 20, 2015
Iowa has an ocean. Bet you didn’t learn that in your geography class, but if you’re from Appanoose County, Iowa, you’ll know what body of water is called “Iowa’s Ocean.” It is Rathbun Lake, an 11,000-acre lake in the northwestern corner of the county.
Rathbun Lake, large as it is, was created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with the construction of Rathbun Dam. Construction of the dam was completed in 1969, with President Richard Nixon dedicating it on July 31, 1971. The Chariton River and the South Fork Tributary of the Chariton River feed the lake, which provides all sorts of recreational opportunities.
There are 10 parks around the lake, with 6 of them operated by the Corps of Engineers. Rathbun Lake provides fishing, boating, hunting, swimming, and camping.
For more on recreational opportunities at Rathbun Lake, visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website: http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/DistrictLakes/RathbunLake.aspx