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Iowa Glastron Meet 2017
« on: March 14, 2017, 03:02:40 PM »
         I know its snowy and cold where most of you are right now but the time has come to think about lake Rathbun 2017.   An annual meet up in South central Iowa on the second largest lake in the state.  We moved both the date and the venue last year with amazing success.   There is so much to offer and the State park we used to camp at is available for those who would choose to do so.   Its a quick run on the lake, but a rather tedious drive between the two places.   We moved to the Lake Rathbun Marina and obtained both a camping spot and a slip rental for the three days.    This years trip will be held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday July 6th, 7th, and 8th.  Campsites are $25.00 per night, and slips are $20.00 per day.   Campsites have 50amp service and water.  Tents are allowed, up to two, but not in combination with an RV.  We found having slips to be the ultimate convenience, come and go as ya please.  Even made a twilight run possible as the marina is lit well enough to get back home.   Between the Honey Creek Resort for Friday lunch, and Louie's, there is plenty of great food to be had.  Marina has fuel, and a convenience store.  Staff is friendly and helpful.  Our contact for this is Jannell Sowers, her office number is 641-724-3212, her cell is 641-436-6587.   The marina does not open until early April, so her email right now is the best way to contact her.   Jannell@rathbunlakemarinas.com   The website is www.rathbunlakemarinas.com, but I had some trouble getting to their site today, I wonder if it is down.   Maybe someone else will have better luck.

Having looked at some old posts here are some quick answers:
 Yes, they allow pets.   
2 tents maximum with no RV on each campsite.
 Water is a fair distance, bring a splitter and a hose(at least 50')
Jannell is rather difficult to get ahold of until she has regular hours at the marina sometime early-mid april.
Do not confuse Honey Creek State Park with Honey Creek Resort, they are separate and a fair distance apart.
If you stay at the Marina, there are no gravel roads involved.   You can get to the state park and resort without gravel as well, but we get lost easily in unfamiliar territory and there is plenty of gravel roads to be found. 
The ramp at the Marina does not have any dock next to it.  A courtesy dock is off to the side.  Best way is to have someone in the boat to drive it over to the slip, while the other parks the vehicle/trailer.
Fish were biting US last year, so its fair to say fishing is available for those interested.
An area is reserved to drop your trailers since they are not allowed in the campground.
Facilities are a small walk away but are very nice and keypad access only.  Never had to wait much, if at all to shower.  Probably because I avoid the peak times.
Fire pits are available as is firewood.  Firewood quarantine area, if you bring it from outside, you cant haul it back with you. Look up EAB(Emerald Ash Borer) for more info.
We had a "Live and let die" drive in movie experience last year with the projector, might very well have something similar this year.
This is a very informal get together, no shirts or trophies, but lots of fun to get together and boat.  We had a fantastic spot last year at the end of the no wake area to watch all the boats coming/going.   Some of the twin big-block craft going up on plane was absolute music to us gearheads.  Maybe if enough folks are going, then maybe a tee-shirt in the future.   I'm not an artist, so I'll need help in this department.
Occasionally there is some beach area by the old camping spot, but its usually muddy or filled with tree debris. One year it was quite nice and we found time to beach there.

Let me know if anyone has any questions, and as always, lets hope for great weather.
Michael
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Re: Iowa Glastron Meet 2017
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2017, 03:25:49 PM »
I would love nothing more than to come to the Iowa meet.  Seriously.

That weekend just won't ever work for me.  We're up in Northern MN boating the weekend before & after July 4th. 

Sorry to be a buzz kill on that weekend...but it won't ever work.
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Re: Iowa Glastron Meet 2017
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2017, 03:49:39 PM »
Sorry to hear that, last year it was a last minute change, now this year is a permanent out on those dates?  I will make note for next year.
Michael
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Re: Iowa Glastron Meet 2017
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2017, 03:52:55 PM »
Sorry to hear that, last year it was a last minute change, now this year is a permanent out on those dates?  I will make note for next year.

Yes...last year we were 'giving up' our rental cabin up North, we're keeping it for the foreseeable future.  Just doesn't feel like the 4th if we're not up there. 
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Re: Iowa Glastron Meet 2017
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2017, 04:07:33 PM »
If there is a better weekend to have it the Rathbun meet then its up to folks who wish to attend to let me know.  I moved the date because early June the weather is unstable.  Now having endured three solid days of rain last year in MN was unusual, the promise of rain at Rathbun in June was becoming more consistent.  August is out for MN, and June has rain/storm issues.  Summers are short, and most folks do something on the fourth, but last year it was the only weekend open for Tim/Christine.  We could go back to June and brave the weather, nothing cast in stone on this deal.
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1989 Lowe 200 Redneck fishin Toon

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Re: Iowa Glastron Meet 2017
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2017, 08:38:46 AM »
We really enjoy this trip and barring some major event preventing it we plane to be there.
i always liked the timing of June better but the weather was an issue each time we were there, weekend after the 4th works for us as our "party at the cabin" is the weekend before, i will just take the entire week off.
if an earlier date will get a better turnout i think we are game.
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Re: Iowa Glastron Meet 2017
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2017, 01:00:11 PM »
has anyone made reservations yet ?
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Re: Iowa Glastron Meet 2017
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2017, 01:01:48 PM »
Not yet, but I have the vacation time scheduled so I do need to get after it.   I'll try to give her a ring today and ask about adjoining sites.  Anyone else interested in going?
Michael
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Re: Iowa Glastron Meet 2017
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2017, 09:11:02 PM »
Called this afternoon and reserved three camping spaces and three slips.  Plenty of room for more people, but at this point only three couples have expressed any interest in attending.  Booked under my name, and Janell is familiar with our group.   The campsites we had last year were rented as a seasonal spot.  We got spaces across from those she said. 
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Re: Iowa Glastron Meet 2017
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2017, 10:23:21 PM »
Thanks for setting that up


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Re: Iowa Glastron Meet 2017
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2017, 12:10:12 PM »
Thanks.  Let me know what I owe you.
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Re: Iowa Glastron Meet 2017
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2017, 01:09:42 PM »
I haven't paid for anything, just reserved the spots.  Now that you made reservations, I don't need to worry about cancelling the extra spots.  Just a reminder to everyone else, this outing is open to everyone, get your reservations soon.  So many options, multiple camping opportunities, resort lodge, restaurants,. Last year was a blast and the weather fantastic.  Hope to see some more folks attend.
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Re: Iowa Glastron Meet 2017
« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2017, 09:39:11 AM »

July 6-10
Looks like great weather!


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Re: Iowa Glastron Meet 2017
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2017, 10:37:25 AM »
We're planning on leaving on Thursday, not sure what time yet we have a few things we have to deal with.
Is there any set plans for the weekend or any ideas of things you guys want to do for sure.
And when do you guys think you'll be arriving.


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Re: Iowa Glastron Meet 2017
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2017, 10:47:17 AM »
     Connie and I hope to be on the road early, possibly by 9am right after rush hour with the intent of stopping for lunch just before Rathbun.   We should arrive sometime in the early afternoon, launch CVZ, drop trailer, then set up camp.  Tim and Christine will not make it this year, his 23 is down till winter project time, and his GT is in the shop for repairs.   I have not heard from anyone else, so it looks like just us four. 
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Re: Iowa Glastron Meet 2017
« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2017, 12:16:58 PM »
Sounds good
Hey… Anyone else up for a last-minute road trip?



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Re: Iowa Glastron Meet 2017
« Reply #16 on: July 05, 2017, 01:16:23 PM »
       I just called and cancelled the third camping spot, so I'm pretty sure it can be had for the weekend.  I guess I didn't say Thursday is when we hope to arrive.
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1980 CVX-16SS 140 Mercruiser
1979 CVX-16 Johnson 175
2002 Bennington 2275CC 90 Mercury
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1989 Lowe 200 Redneck fishin Toon

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Re: Iowa Glastron Meet 2017
« Reply #17 on: July 05, 2017, 05:07:48 PM »
We are bringing the 1900, and planning on being on the road before noon.
I get one early departure per year, and I used it last weekend when we left Treasure Island Marina Sunday morning at 5:30 am.


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Re: Iowa Glastron Meet 2017
« Reply #18 on: July 05, 2017, 05:35:00 PM »
Well after a couple river trips and a weekend on the lake with algae growth.
It really needed a bath, scrubs the scum off washed it and actually put a coat of wax on it. maybe only the third since it was done in August 2015.
I have a lot of respect for you guys who wax their boats every week or even every month, Heck I got a lot of respect for anyone who puts on 2 coats


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Re: Iowa Glastron Meet 2017
« Reply #19 on: July 05, 2017, 06:03:32 PM »
Oh, and we won't have dogs this year


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