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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.


David Honts

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Nice crappies and bluegills in that lake. But kayaks need to leave. Very disruptive when your trying to fish. They don't seem to be concerned about fisherman at all. They'll paddle right over top of where your trying to fish.

Pam Gerhardt

Sunday, July 15, 2018
Nice place to stay. Made reservations, full hookups for RV. Have boating, fishing, etc. Nice quiet area. Perfect for family.

Rob Galbraith

Sunday, June 17, 2018
Took the kids bank fishing. Great access to amazing panfishing. The kids caught so many fish I barely got to fish. Great problem to have

Christina Stephens

Saturday, July 14, 2018
Not a bad place for those who enjoy nature. The beach is kinda gross.

Ryan Barngrover

Friday, June 8, 2018
Full hookups now. Shower and bathroom just added. Great place to camp.

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