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April 22, 2010

Buck Creek Marina open under new ownership

CENTERVILLE — If you're looking for a one stop destination at Rathbun Lake, where you can have access to the lake, camping, a hotel, a restaurant, a marina and a boat shop, Rathbun Marina at Buck Creek might be what you're looking for. New owners, Sheila and Douglas Clemons say they plan to be Mom and Pop live in owners.

"We will be researching what it is that people want" said Douglas. "We'll bring the level of service up according to the boater's need."

The Clemons took possession of the assets of Rathbun Marina LC, on Nov. 1, 2009, but Douglas says they have been thinking about it for 20 years. They have owned and operated C & C Auto Trim and Upholstery, now called Your Boatworks LLC for the past 24 years, and also own South Fork Marina. Collectively, the two marinas are known as Rathbun Marinas.

Not only is Your Boatworks LLC moving to buildings at the Buck Creek Marina site, the new owners renovated the on site store and restaurant, Louie's at the Lake, which opened April 1.

"We're opening the restaurant," said Douglas. "It hasn't been open for many years. We put newer appliances in, a new fire suppression system and remodeled it to allow for Tim Holmes who owns the Skean Block in Albia, he will be the one running the restaurant."

The restaurant is tentatively set to be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to start.

The couple also renovated the store to allow for greater inventory. They are distributors of Land and Sea and also have an online boating store at They are a Volvo/Penta and Evinrude authorized service center and sell Starcraft boats.

During the first year, Douglas said they will sponsor a Crappiethon on June 5 and also have some desire to bring back Pirate Days and the parade of lights, but that those things will probably take time to implement.

"You can't do everything the first year," said Douglas.

However, the business will be working on monthly dock parties this year and the Corps of Engineers will be repaving all the roads and parking lots this spring.

Besides the renovations, Buck Creek has now become seasonal camping only and will no longer offer single day camping, although day camping is still available at South Fork.

Douglas also says they plan to expand hours at both the store and restaurant, but there isn't a set schedule yet. Buck Creek opened April 1 and South Fork opened April 15. For more information check out the Clemons' Web site at or call (641) 724-3212.

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