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Big Hollow Campgrounds
Big Hollow LogoBig Hollow Recreation Area offers 48 campsites within the park, each only a short distance from the lake. The 32 sites within the RV campground offer oversized gravel pads large enough to accommodate the largest campers on the market. Ample space between each site allows for privacy and solitude while enjoying the park. 

campingAll camping is on a first-come basis. Campsites may not be reserved in advance. All campers should set up at their campsite to secure their spot then pay at the self-registration station in the RV campground. A volunteer campground host is usually present during the summer months to offer assistance and Park Rangers make regular rounds through the park.

Firewood is available for purchase at the registration area or through the campground host in the RV campground. To prevent the spread of invasive species, Des Moines County Conservation does not allow any outside firewood to be brought in to any of its parks. 

Big Hollow is conveniently located ten miles north of Burlington. Get there by taking Pleasant Grove Rd. west three miles off of Highway 61 then turning south on 152nd Ave. and go one mile to the park entrance.
Use the Map It! link for an interactive GIS-based map of the park. 

RV CampgroundRV campground
There are 32 electric sites within the RV campground. Each site offers ample room for a camper, truck and extra vehicle or boat trailer. Nearby overflow parking areas accommodate additional vehicles for family members or guests. A central water station (on from April 1 through October 31 annually) provides campers a place to fill their water tanks upon arrival.

The nightly rate for electric sites is $15.

Primitive Campground
For those wanting to "rough it" a little more, 16 primitive campsites are carved right into the mature oak-hickory forest at Big Hollow. Ample space between the sites helps maintain the solitude of each site. For those really wanting to get away from it all, some sites can only be reached via a short hike down an access trail.

The nightly rate for a non-electric (primitive) site is $10.

Park & Campground Development
Big Hollow is still undergoing development. Plans for the area include the construction of a shower house and dump station at the RV campground, four lakefront rental cabins featuring wireless internet, indoor plumbing, & electricity and a concession stand at or near the beach. The continued development of Big Hollow will only progress as funding allows. Since most of the funding for the project must come from grants and private donations, YOU can help make the planned developments a reality.

Find out how to donate.

Des Moines County Conservation

Des Moines County Conservation
13700 Washington Rd.
West Burlington, IA 52655
Ph: (319) 753-8260

Big Hollow Maintenance Shops
18829 Ranger Lane
Sperry, Iowa 52650
Ph: (319) 985-2502
Park physical address
18853 152nd Ave.
Sperry, IA 52650

Electric sites: $15 per night
Non-electric sites: $10/night
Note: All campgrounds are first-come, first-served. Campsites may not be reserved in advance.

  1. All campers must self register
  2. Maximum length of stay is fourteen (14) days
  3. All pets must be on a leash
  4. Fires permitted only in containers provided
  5. Do not remove or deface natural features or park structures
  6. No littering
  7. No ATV's or snowmobiles
  8. Keep all vehicles on roads or designated parking areas
  9. Quiet hours: 10:30 PM - 6:00 AM


Des Moines County Conservation: 319-753-8260

Des Moines County Sheriff Department: 319-753-8366