Rathbun Lake

One of Iowa’s largest and most beautiful lakes with 11,000 acres of water and 21,000 acres of public land offering swimming, boating, fishing, hunting, trails, eight parks and two marinas. Located eight miles north of Centerville. For more information about Rathbun Lake call 641-647-2464.

Rathbun Fish Hatchery

Rathbun Fish Hatchery is Iowa’s Largest warm water fish hatchery. The aquarium with native Iowa fish is open to the public. An elevated walkway throughout the facility allows viewing of the hatchery’s operation. Located at 15053 Hatchery Pl. on the south side of Rathbun Lake just eight miles north of Centerville. For more information, call 641-647-2406.

Honey Creek Resort State Park

Honey Creek Resort State Park is Iowa’s first resort state park. Situated on 850 acres, the Resort is surrounded by natural wildlife habitat, prairies with oak savanna and preserved wetlands. Honey Creek resort offers a 105-room lakeside lodge, 28 luxury cottages, 20 full hook-up RV campsites, conference center, multi-use trails, boat docks, 18-hole championship golf course, pirate-themed indoor water park, and a restaurant with unique seasonal menus. Guest will enjoy taking a hike or biking though miles of preserve surrounding the resort. For more information, visit or call 877-677-3344.

Morgan Cline City Park

Morgan Cline City Park is located south of Hwy 2 in the heart of Centerville. The following and wooded hills are the perfect place for a family picnic or a leisurely stroll. The park is also home to the City Poll, frisbee golf, shelter houses, and a children’s playground. Shelter houses are available to reserve March 1st – Sept. 1st. To reserve a shelter, call City Hall at 641-437-4339. For more information visit

Centerville Municipal Pool

The Centerville Municipal Pool, located in the heart of Centerville at the Morgan Cline City Park, is open daily during summer months from 1-7 p.m. Concessions on site. Daily and season passes available.

Cinema 4 Theaters

Cinema 4 Theaters is a modern 4-plex theater located in the Lake Centerville Mall. Call 641-856-3601 for current movie information.

Lelah Bradley Park

The Lelah Bradley Park, located in the southwest part of Centerville, offers fishing, boating, hiking trails, hunting, camping picnicking, walking trails and nature study. Hours of operation is 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 641-856-8528.

Sharon Bluffs Park

Sharon Bluffs Park is located three miles east of Centerville (1/2 miles south of Hwy 2) and offers a picnic area, wooded trails and a Nature Center on the banks of the Chariton River.

Appanoose Country Club

The Appanoose Country Club is a beautiful 9-hole course located north of Centerville, 1998 Country Club Dr. 641-856-2222.

The Manhattan Golf Club

The Manhattan Golf Club is located on Hwy 5 South of Centerville. This 9-hole golf course has two lakes a creek and an abandoned railroad on the property. 641-856-8177.

Camp Appanoose

Camp Appanoose provides camping experiences for children and families. Camp facilities are located at the west end of Lake Rathbun. Summer camps as well as year round activities combine to offer a wide range of opportunities such as horseback riding and more. For more information, go to or call 641-649-2491.

Jon Anderson White Riverboat

The Jon Anderson White Riverboat is resplendent in the style of a golden era in river travel with a décor of Chiavari chairs under a gilded pressed in ceiling and solid oak columns. The riverboat also has modern amenities, such as air conditioning, handicap access, and two restrooms. Chartered boat rides and dinner cruise packages available. To charter the riverboat, go to or 515-348-1130.

Farmer’s Market

June – September. Check CentervilleIA.Farmers Market on Facebook for location and date information. The Farmer’s Market specializes in fresh produce, crafts, baked goods, jams and jellies, honey, and ethnic foods.

Centerville Trolley

The Centerville Trolley is available for rent for special occasions including weddings, family reunions, class reunions and group tours. Bench seating accommodates 22 to 28 adults. ADA accessible. To reserve the trolley, call 641-895-0176.

Rathbun Lake Area YMCA

The Rathbun Lake Area YMCA has an indoor pool, exercise and weight lifting equipment, and offers a curriculum of classes, special events, and other programs for area youth and adults. For more information, call 641-437-1977.

Second Saturdays

Participating business offer specials and fun shopping experiences on the second Saturday of every month. Check the Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page for information on the fun shopping events going on in the area!

Municipal Band Concerts

Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. Beginning the last week in May until the week of July 4th. Historic Courthouse Square District. 60-minute concert featuring local musicians and a weekly theme. Ice Cream Social provided by various non-profit groups.

Ghost Town Tours

May – September. Hosted by the Historic Preservation Corporation. Check the events calendar or call 641-895-0176 for more information.

Market on Main

Scheduled on Fridays in June – July. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the south side of the Historic Centerville Square on Main Street. Food, produce, music and more. Check for dates and more information.

Centerville Wine & Vendor Fair

Wine & Finds is scheduled on the second Saturday in June from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the Historic Courthouse District. Sample Iowa Wines. Browse craft vendors while enjoying live musical entertainment. Other events include grape stomping, Pancake Day Queen fundraising events, beer tent, and more! Check the Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page or our events calendar for more information in June!

Centerville Bike Night

Centerville Bike Night – Historic Centerville Square.  Music, food and beverages. Every 4th Friday of the Summer (May – August). Check for more information.

Children’s Art Festival & Missoula Children’s Theater

Children’s Art Festival & Missoula Children’s Theater. Check for more information.

Appanoose County Fair

The Appanoose County Fair is held at the fairgrounds on the north west side of Centerville on the third week in July. Exhibits, daily entertainment including music, rodeo, and more! For more information, check for more information.

Planes, Train, and Automobiles

Planes, Trains and Automobiles is held on the first Saturday in August. Various locations around Centerville. Check the events calendar for more information.

Friday Night Live

Friday Night Live is the Pancake Day kickoff event. Free evening concert on the Historic Centerville Square. Beverages available.

Pancake Day

Pancake Day is held the last Saturday in September on the Historic Centerville Square. One of the state’s largest parades with hundreds of entries. Including marching bands, floats, and other unique entries. Food vendors, kid’s activities, local acts, live music, and FREE pancakes. Free admission.

Southern Iowa Junk Jaunt

The Southern Iowa Junk Jaunt is held twice a year, in June and October. Find dates and maps on Facebook at southerniowajunkjaunt.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Santa arrives at the Santa House located on the Historic Centerville Square the day after Thanksgiving during the Christmas lighting of the square. Visit Santa the day after Thanksgiving from 1-3 p.m. or every Saturday in December leading up to Christmas. Enjoy the Tour of Homes, our Holiday Sampler, carriage rides, live windows and more! Check the Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page or our events calendar for more information around the holidays!