Big Hollow Recreation Area

18853 152nd Avenue

Big Hollow Recreation Area is Des Moines County's premiere outdoor recreation destination. This 798 acre recreation area offers year-round recreational opportunities for families wanting to get out and enjoy the outdoors.

The 178 acre lake complete with a beach, boat ramp and multiple fishing jetties offers ample opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with the family on or near the water.

Outdoor recreation activities available at Big Hollow include:

-- camping (including a rental cabin)
-- hunting & fishing
-- canoeing/kayaking
-- boating
-- hiking
-- swimming
-- and much more

General Park Rules

-- Park hours are 6 am - 10:30 pm
-- Camping permitted in designated areas only
-- No motor vehicles allowed on trails
-- Pets must be on leash
-- Horseback riding is permitted on designated trails only when conditions are such that no damage will be done to the trail surface
-- Fires in grills and fire rings only
-- Do not pick, cut, or destroy vegetation
-- Public hunting is permitted following all state laws governing public lands
-- Permit required to use the Big Hollow Shooting Range
-- All boats must operate at no wake on the lake. There are no motor size restrictions
-- Report all accidents to a park ranger or County Conservation office (319) 753-8260

Beach Rules

-- No alcohol on beach or in parking lot
-- No littering
-- No pets on beach
-- No fires
-- No swimming beyond buoys
-- No glass containers
-- No lifeguard on duty
-- Beach Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.


kendra robertson

Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017

Great primitive camp sites. Each site feels tucked away with ample shade and privacy.

Jennifer Frey

Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017

We stayed in the Off Grid Cabin. It was awesome. More private than the rest of the campgrounds. They even provide a canoe & life jackets. The only qualm is that there is no shower facility yet, but should be built soon.

Zach Schuler

Friday, Sep. 1, 2017

Wonderful park. Iowa does a great job at building lakes!

Eric Osborn

Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

Camping, boating, hiking, and soon cabins. Nice area for the family.

John Gray

Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017

Boat ramp area water so much green growth hard to get boat out