Rathbun Yacht Club is located in southern Iowa on Lake Rathbun (Buck Creek Marina). RYC has a full schedule of year round activities, a comfortable club house with room for social functions, a kitchen for member use, showers, and a deck and gazebo with a great view of the marina. Rathbun Yacht Club is a member of the Yacht Club of American and offers reciprocal privileges to members of registered yacht clubs around the world.
Rathbun Lake has much to offer both sailors and power boaters. With a nine mile fetch of open water on the main body of the lake, the size of the lake combined with the prevailing winds make Rathbun Lake one of the best sailing lakes in Iowa. And both sailors and power boaters find the lake’s numerous coves ideal for anchoring out. Water skiing and fishing are also very popular on the lake.
Located at Chariton River mile marker 142, approximately 7 miles north of Centerville, Iowa, in Appanoose County, it is one of the largest lakes in Iowa. Construction of the dam and embankment began in September 1964. The lake’s surface area is 11,000 acres at normal pool level and 21,000 acres at maximum level. Normal surface elevation is 904 feet above sea level. The dam itself is rolled earthfill construction and is 10,129 feet long, 30 feet wide at the top, and rises 100 feet above the streambed. Operation as a multi-purpose unit began November 1969 and the top of multi-purpose pool (904 msl) was reached on October 10, 1970. Rathbun Lake was dedicated July 31, 1971 with President Richard Nixon being the keynote speaker.
Camping, sightseeing, fishing, boating, picnicking and hunting are favorite activities on and near Rathbun Lake. The lake’s fish and wildlife resources provide sightseers, fisherman, and hunters ample opportunities for their sports. Bald eagles, white-tailed deer, Canada geese, wild turkey, crappie, walleye, channel catfish and other wildlife can be found at Rathbun Lake.
RYC is a member of the Yachting Club of American and is listed in the Register of American Yacht Clubs. As a member of RYC, you will receive reciprocal privileges at registered yacht clubs around the world. Dues are $150 per year plus a one-time initiation fee of $470. There are activities at the club year round so you can enjoy your membership even when there is snow on the ground.