Rathbun Marina

Rathbun Marina Rathbun Lake Marina is Buck Creek Marina owned by Your Boat Works LLC
Rathbun Marina is Buck Creek Marina. Buck Creek Marina is owned by Your boat Works llc. Services offered, Mechanical, marine fabrication / canvas repair, lift services, hotel, restaurant, multiple campsites, slips up to 85 ft

When you come to Rathbun Marina to "get away" , we believe that experience should include Green Space. It would be easy ...
07/13/2019

When you come to Rathbun Marina to "get away" , we believe that experience should include Green Space. It would be easy to keep building more large open parking lots, cram campers together and pack in more slips, but then we would all feel like we are in an RV Park or Mobile Home park. We, Sheila, Brett and I are very conscientious about what this Marina "Feels Like".
When you lease a slip or campsite and come individually or as a Family, you become part of a bigger Marina Family and a Family needs Green Space to gather. That is our purpose for the central Lighthouse park. We don't know what it will look like. We don't know what amenities it will include. What we do know, is it will be a place to gather as a family, take photos, have food, Fellowship and Fun.
If you have ideas, stop in the store, drop a note or post possible amenities or ideas.
We love to hear your constructive input.............

Adam and I created a submarine style hatch/door for the maintenance entry to the lighthouse today and although it is sti...
07/12/2019

Adam and I created a submarine style hatch/door for the maintenance entry to the lighthouse today and although it is still incomplete it is looking good!
I will say it is a lot easier to visualize something than it is to create it......

Many details to see to before next weeks lighthouse lift. Painting, wiring, rigging, gasket sealing, pre-drilling side s...
07/11/2019

Many details to see to before next weeks lighthouse lift. Painting, wiring, rigging, gasket sealing, pre-drilling side strap bolts, attachment of decorative corbels, railings, platforms etc. and of course lots of hypothetical scenarios to play through our minds as we anticipate putting this puzzle together.. We will have 2 lifts, 1 40 ton crane, 3 iron workers and our crew working to create a landmark throughout next week.
If you don't have dreams, they can't come true......

This is based on an actual radio conversation between a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier (U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln) and Canadian...
07/11/2019

This is based on an actual radio conversation between a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier (U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln) and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995. (The radio conversation was released by the Chief of Naval Operations on 10/10/95 authorized by the Freedom of Information Act.)
Canadians: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South to avoid collision.
Americans: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.
Canadians: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15
degrees to the South to avoid a collision.
Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.
Canadians: No, I say again, you divert YOUR course.
Americans: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS LINCOLN, THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN THE UNITED STATES' ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH--I SAY AGAIN, THAT'S ONE FIVE DEGREES NORTH--OR COUNTER-MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.

Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.

I used to ask my Grandpa Havins "how did you know how to do that?" and he would say "I didn't until I was finished"    I...
07/09/2019

I used to ask my Grandpa Havins "how did you know how to do that?" and he would say "I didn't until I was finished"
I love it when a dream is created, a challenge is presented and it all starts coming together with color! Not every day you get to build a Light House!

Thank you to all who came out and supported Rathbun Marina during the extended 4th holiday. Anytime there is a large vol...
07/08/2019

Thank you to all who came out and supported Rathbun Marina during the extended 4th holiday. Anytime there is a large volume of people on the lake and at our facility there will be issues to deal with, but with everyone's help we got through 2 power outages, 1 life flight and 1 grounded helicopter in our field parking, 1 sheriff eviction, 5 tows, 500 dinners served (Louies), 90 beds made, 1000 truck and trailers parked, 2,000 cars parked, 29 toilets,10 showers and 50 hydrants in constant use and no major breakdowns, a whole lot of boats repaired and back on the water, 3 sets of keys in the lake, no lost kids(that I am aware of) and 3 full dinner cruises in and out. And that is just the stuff I remember.
Now for the completion of our lighthouse which is being painted this week and will be rigged and erected next week.
Thank you Father for all your protections this past week and especial for the ones we weren't even aware of.....

Rathbun Marina's cover photo
07/08/2019

Rathbun Marina's cover photo

From my Heart: This morning knowing what was in store for us regarding crowds I Prayed "Father please help me to not be ...
07/05/2019

From my Heart: This morning knowing what was in store for us regarding crowds I Prayed "Father please help me to not be an a...... today". Sometimes large quantities of people can be draining but today, as busy as it was even with cars parking in F Lot and the property jam packed, the 2 reserved spots in front of my house never once had cars parked in them !
My Faith in Humanity is affirmed........

As the 4th Holiday approaches our crew is busy making things ready for you.  A gentle reminder of a few things to rememb...
07/03/2019

As the 4th Holiday approaches our crew is busy making things ready for you.
A gentle reminder of a few things to remember when sharing space with so many others:
Quiet Hours are 10:00 pm - 8:00 AM But really do you need a rule to know if you are being...........?
Dumpsters will fill better if you use all 4 corners and break down boxes
Toilets are more enjoyable to use when they don't have remnants of the last visitor
Not everyone can back a boat as well as you can.....be patient
Rig your boat while waiting in line........not on the Ramp
Use authorized parking only or we will get your address and come tear up your front lawn.......
If you don't have a slip rented use the courtesy dock.....just because the slip is empty doesn't mean it is not rented.....
Have fun, be safe and be courteous......
PUT THE PLUG IN...........

I received this Text today and wanted to share...."This is what we walked into when we came to celebrate our 1 year anni...
07/03/2019

I received this Text today and wanted to share....

"This is what we walked into when we came to celebrate our 1 year anniversary! Megan did such a great job!! We love Lakeside Inn and The marina! Thank you for a wonderful 2 days away!! Jason and Tara Farley- Donnellson Iowa

Boat Planet
07/01/2019

Boat Planet

Don't be a boathole. Please mind your wake this weekend 🌊

Rathbun Marina's cover photo
07/01/2019

Rathbun Marina's cover photo

Today was a very busy and Polite Day and I believe people have adjusted to change and are willing to be .......patient.....
06/30/2019

Today was a very busy and Polite Day and I believe people have adjusted to change and are willing to be .......patient.........Thank You !
Finished having the lighthouse access holes and utility tube cut in. Now we can install sono tube to create access tunnel that will be secured by a submarine style hatch, pour secondary foundation and begin next phase. Last load of the puzzle pieces arrive Tuesday so it is pretty safe to say at this point we are going to build a lighthouse.........
We are just lens's, we are not the light........

Today was a very special Day that I just have to share.For me the day started by moving the JA White Paddle Boat over to...
06/29/2019

Today was a very special Day that I just have to share.
For me the day started by moving the JA White Paddle Boat over to Gas dock to be pumped out and readied for a cruise tonight. Before we could finish, the sky got very dark and I could tell by the wall cloud moving in that we were in for a significant storm so we tied JAWS up on Gas dock and made preparations.
Once the storm hit I began my typical drive around with cautions lights running. All at once Cruiser and Queen Docks shifted south abruptly and I knew the S... had hit the fan. I called Byron and informed him as I ran towards my boat to get over to Cruiser Dock to tie on and begin reverse thrust. A J was immediately there to assist and I was grateful.
Within minutes my entire crew had mobilized with equipment and tools needed to secure docks and begin the task of saving Bridges and Docks.
I am not going to spend another 3 pages explaining the rest of the events that unfolded but they included Tugg and I rescuing 2 boaters stranded on the south jetty of the channel, splitting the crew to go rig and lift the lighthouse tower sections that were scheduled for delivery, Rigging and prepping for broken cables/stones to secure docks, running the business without power as the whole area (Albia Moravia) had been hit hard and accommodating a major influx of people coming in for the 4th of July 10 day celebration.
Prior to the storm I asked My Father in Heaven for protections and I thanked Him. No one got hurt, we had all the resources we needed to solve every problem confronted with and I got to witness the most special Parts of Humanity, when we pull together......
Thank You Father for Sheila, Brett, Byron, Adam Jannell, Megan, Joni, Miriam, Marshall, Jody, Frankie, Sheridan, Nicholas, A J and all our Marina Family........I truly am Blessed.......

06/26/2019
Hail Storm 25th June 2019

We do have damage to vehicles and will be checking roofs when safe. Would reccomend if boat is in non covered slip, check for damage when you arrive next.

Lake Elevation 24th  5:35 PM913.64CFS in 745CFS out 1,350 Lake going Down.....This last week the Crew and I were very pr...
06/24/2019

Lake Elevation 24th 5:35 PM
913.64
CFS in 745
CFS out 1,350
Lake going Down.....
This last week the Crew and I were very productive working on stairs rebuild, Lighthouse temp utilities connect, forming prep for lighthouse access tunnel, jet ski dock relocates, pump outs, fueling, store serving, grounds and equipment maintenance, cleaning shower houses etc.
Because my crew is very conscientious and knows their jobs, I get to play building things. I have been working on Scott and Michele's canvas, finished Tony's seats , installed beacon in lighthouse cupola and put up a net to stop basketballs from hitting my house. Very productive week it was..........
Thank You Father for Goals..........

Lake Level  23rd 7:15 am913.07CFS in 3,343CFS out 433Estimated tributaries CFS 2,000Lake rose 4" over night with more ra...
06/23/2019

Lake Level 23rd 7:15 am
913.07
CFS in 3,343
CFS out 433
Estimated tributaries CFS 2,000
Lake rose 4" over night with more rain on the way.
Lake is doing what it was designed to do, and our docks and infrastructure will do what it was designed to do, which is adjust.
In the mean time we keep moving forward to create a place that is enjoyable to unwind, recreate and be with family and friends.

We just received a shipment of history from Bethlehem Shipyard courtesy of Joe Zaputil Trucking , Mystic Iowa.I contacte...
06/18/2019

We just received a shipment of history from Bethlehem Shipyard courtesy of Joe Zaputil Trucking , Mystic Iowa.
I contacted Justin and explained the load we wanted to pick up in Baltimore and he gave us a very fair price, was very professional and timely on the delivery. I would recommend them for any trucking needs you may have.
The items we procured are salvaged from Bethlehem Shipyard in Baltimore by MD Architectural Rescue https://www.facebook.com/MDArchitecturalRescue/
A lot of history in these pieces and we will be sure to share with you as we decide location and placement.........

06/18/2019
Rathbun Marina Lighthouse

The beginning of a new icon for the lake started today with the setting of the first two sections. Next step is to cut access hole into both sections, place 30" soni tube in place and fill the space between the two sections with concrete. Utilities and access ladders will be installed as well as all engineered strapping to connect sections. At this point we will see weekly changes as the Lighthouse is built.

Was a Great Fathers Day weekend. All my children either stopped by for a visit or called to send Love.    Adam and I wer...
06/17/2019

Was a Great Fathers Day weekend. All my children either stopped by for a visit or called to send Love.
Adam and I were able to get swim platform relocated and set up and was being used 15 minutes after we left the area with work boats. Very gratifying to see....
Busy weekend with all the traffic, but we still had room for all while we went about the business of building, serving, towing, removing fishhooks from fingers (went to Emergency Room), parking, picking up after strong storm blew through, fueling, pumping out, letting guests in rooms they were locked out of, retrieving multiple covers and finding owners, field mowing, helping on launch ramp (rigg before you get there), assisting with mast stepping, etc, etc,........
This place is active!......
Thank You Father........

06/13/2019
FailArmy

FailArmy

Failure by the boatload!

Howe and Luke volunteered to road trip down to Louisiana for us to pick up some display items , a prop, Anchor and stabi...
06/12/2019

Howe and Luke volunteered to road trip down to Louisiana for us to pick up some display items , a prop, Anchor and stabilizer you will be seeing around the marina. Thanks for going guys !
Spent some time today gathering pieces parts and starting the fun building of our new light house. The crane work will be fun as well, but I really enjoy the detail work...........
Working on this light house has me thinking about the phrase ; "We are merely lenses for the Light" .

Ava is demonstrating for us with a "Fake" Farting Dog that the new doggy wash station is open for business. Located on t...
06/12/2019

Ava is demonstrating for us with a "Fake" Farting Dog that the new doggy wash station is open for business. Located on the East side of the Barge Shower House, the station has hot and cold water with a 2 step table for your convenience.
We hope you enjoy this new amenity and ask that you wash area down after use.........

Well I finally got approval from Brett and Sheila to post and am pleased to announce that we are building a Lighthouse o...
06/10/2019

Well I finally got approval from Brett and Sheila to post and am pleased to announce that we are building a Lighthouse on the Hill. ( it was burning a hole in my pocket keeping this a secret)
The design is Brett's with a lot of input from Sheila and myself. As with everything we do out here, this is a design build project meaning the first ideas aren't always the finished project.
A great deal of engineering, planning and problem solving is going into this project in order to create a 1/4 scale replica of a typical lighthouse. The structure will be incorporating real nautical portholes, chains, lights and adornments. The structure is precast concrete combined with sections made locally and from abroad and will be approx 45 ft tall. This will not be a structure you can go up in as size would have to be at least 4 times greater to allow for that.
The Lighthouse will be the central point of the Marina park that is being developed for the purpose of creating green space for the enjoyment of our Marina Family.
We welcome your input on ideas for the park as the design of the park develops.......

Lake Elevation 916.04   4:34 pm 10th CFS in   51.3CFS out     2,180As you may be aware (or not), the Corps of Engineers ...
06/10/2019

Lake Elevation 916.04 4:34 pm 10th
CFS in 51.3
CFS out 2,180
As you may be aware (or not), the Corps of Engineers adopted a new water release policy just recently. As of now, the water release is approx 300% of what the old policy would have allowed, meaning the lake is receding much faster and most important creating more storage for rains that may come yet this summer. Had this policy been in place in 1993, calculations demonstrate that the maximum flood of 1993 would have been four feet lower than what occurred. With the old parameters the dam would only be releasing 800 CFS right now rather than the 2,200 CFS currently being released.
The Army Corps of Engineers takes a lot of heat especially during Floods, but I believe when you get it Right you should be recognized for that as well. While still serving the interests of stakeholders downstream, they really apparently got this right.

Lake Elevation 6:25 Am 10th916.17CFS in 62CFS out 2,180Lake is going down at a rate of approx 20 inches per week providi...
06/10/2019

Lake Elevation 6:25 Am 10th
916.17
CFS in 62
CFS out 2,180
Lake is going down at a rate of approx 20 inches per week providing we have no more major rain. One Day at a Time.........
The weekend was very busy with minimal conflict. Yes....Conflict.....When 500 to 1000 people show up within a short period of time and parking is tight, Ramp lines require waiting , that guy in front doesn't quite understand the routine, etc,etc,etc, Conflict does occur......We all have our ways of dealing with inconveniences, sometimes we are patient, sometimes we are not, but that won't Stop me from trying........

We are pleased to announce that we have received final Corps of Engineers approval for placement of the swim area in the...
06/05/2019

We are pleased to announce that we have received final Corps of Engineers approval for placement of the swim area in the marina. We will be installing the raft and other conveniences as soon as staff schedule allows. We will also be installing two mooring balls near the swim area for use by marina seasonal leaseholders. This will allow safe convenient access and rafting opportunity near the area.

The short story on the events leading up to final approval after we had removed it last season is this. We jumped the gun on approval due to our misunderstanding. The Corps does have a process that admittedly can be frustrating, but the events of last summer were "our bad" as our kids say. The Corps is supportive of our marina and appreciative of recent year efforts. They however have regulatory responsibilities to fulfill and a full diligent review of designated swimming areas is appropriate and necessary for the safety of our marina customers and the public.

Lake Elevation 7:35 PM 3rd917.91CFS in 286CFS out 2,050CFS tributaries in minimal  While we feel the relief of lake leve...
06/04/2019

Lake Elevation 7:35 PM 3rd
917.91
CFS in 286
CFS out 2,050
CFS tributaries in minimal
While we feel the relief of lake levels decreasing, we are continuing with projects around Marina.
Nicholas and I are in shop polishing and sewing enclosures while our grounds people today made some progress. Youngs Salvage showed up with the big toys to help move, shape and dig dirt. Brett skid loaded and smoothed, while Byron and Sheridan seeded and laid out straw. (We all kind of kicked in on that part)
Think of all the possibilities .................

Lake Elevation 5:55 AM 3rd918.05CFS in 320CFS out 1,320CFS estimated tributaries 300Lake Crested and Going Down!Dependin...
06/03/2019

Lake Elevation 5:55 AM 3rd
918.05
CFS in 320
CFS out 1,320
CFS estimated tributaries 300
Lake Crested and Going Down!
Depending on weather, in flows. out flows, etc, this will be our new Normal for 2019. I liken it to living on an earthquake fault line. You have a plan, but must continue to go about your daily business.
This last weekend we were able to establish new routines with parking and launching and my guess is about the time we get a good rhythm , low water ramp will reopen and we will start the learning process over again.........
Speaking of relearning.....Quiet Hours are at 10:00 PM, Use the public Restrooms not the parking lot, Dumpsters have more than one corner to put garbage in, Put the plug in before you launch the boat, rig your boat Before you get on the launch Ramp, clean up after your pets, although your Golf Cart may have 4 wheel drive it doesn't belong there, yes we are a business and yes you do have to register and pay for the slip/campsite your in and No we are not supported by the Government We support them, Other People aren't in the same frame of mind and don't Want to hear your Crap at 3:00 Am, ETC, ETC, Etc.
Well that felt Good to get that off my Chest........Welcome Back 😎

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