J.A. White Stern Paddle Wheeler 50th Anniversary Cruise - October 7th

Departs 6 PM from Honey Creek Dock, Rathbun Lake

J.A. White Stern Paddle Wheeler, Anniversary Cruise – October 7th
Departs 6pm from the Honey Creek Dock, Rathbun Lake


Let’s celebrate with a 90-minute fall cruise Saturday October 7th @ 6:00 pm departing from Honey Creek Resort Marina Dock. [MAP & DIRECTIONS] Our celebration features live music, heavy Hors d’oeuvre’s and no doubt a beautiful sunset for $25 per passenger.

Built in 1967 at the venerable Dubuque Boat & Boiler works our fully functional sternwheeler was the first vessel to pair a diesel motor, via a unique hydraulic system, to a paddlewheel. During our updates to the boat and its 12’ diameter, 4,000 # paddlewheel we have always kept this mechanical system which has reminiscence to a steam system rebuilt as original.

Christened originally as the “Lady “D” in honor of DB&B president Dennis Trone’s wife, the Clinton Belle, the Belle of Chicagoland and most recently in the 1990’s as the Spirit of Des Moines subsequently sunk by the crazy lady in 1995, our ship – by any of the many names it operated under – is one of the few survivors of the Iowa Commercial Excursion Boat industry.

For detailed directions and overnight accommodations visit: https://www.honeycreekresort.com.

– Captain Mike and Crew

Cruise Reservations, Area Accommodations & General Contact Information

Cruise Reservations, Area Accomodations & General Contact Information

  • For Cruise Tickets & Information, please email:

jonandersonriverboat@gmail.com or call 515-348-1130; http://portofdsm.com/riverboat/

  • Honey Creek Lodge & Resort:

https://www.honeycreekresort.com or call 641-724-9100

  • Campground and Lakeside Inn at Rathbun Marina:

http://www.rathbunlakemarina.com/campground-info.html or call 641-724-3212

  • Louie’s Lakeside Bistro & BBQ at Rathbun Marina:

Please call 515-371-5599

  • Want to speak with the Captain?

Michael LaValle, jonandersonriverboat@gmail.com or call 515-348-1130

J.A. White Riverboat – Historic Stern Paddlewheeler, Lake Rathbun, Honey Creek, 2017