Rathbun Lake near Rathbun

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Rathbun Lake is a reservoir located in southern Iowa near the town of Rathbun. The lake was created in the 1960s as part of a flood control project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The hydrology of the lake is primarily fed by the Chariton River and other small streams, with the lake serving as a major source of water for the area. The lake is also surrounded by agricultural land, with corn and soybeans being the primary crops grown. Recreational activities are popular at the lake, including fishing, boating, and camping. The lake is known for its walleye and crappie fishing, with several boat ramps and fishing piers available for use. Snowpack and surface flow providers to the lake vary depending on the season and weather conditions.

June 14, 2024







Gage Height, Ft 24hr Change 0%
Percent of Normal 100%
Minimum 902.22 ft
Maximum 926.74 ft
Average 909 ft
Hydraulic_Height 92
Drainage_Area 549
Year_Completed 1972
Nid_Storage 552000
Structural_Height 100
Surface_Area 11013
Hazard_Potential High
Dam_Length 10120
Primary_Dam_Type Earth
Nid_Height 100

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