Big Hollow Recreation Area

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.

General Park Rules

  1. Camping permitted in designated areas only
  2. Golf carts are not allowed. UTV / ATV's must stay on gravel roads and follow all State laws
  3. Pets must be controlled by their owners at all times
  4. Horseback riding is permitted on designated trails only when conditions are such that no damage will be done to the trail surface. Horses are not allowed in any of the campgrounds
  5. Fires in grills and fire rings only
  6. Public hunting is permitted following all state laws governing public lands
  7. Permit required to use the Big Hollow Shooting Range
  8. All boats must operate at no wake on the lake. There are no motor size restrictions
  9. Report all accidents to a park ranger or County Conservation office 319-753-8260

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Park Features

Boating, Canoeing & Kayaking





Other Park Amenities

Stargazing at the Observatory


Target Shooting

Wilson Foundation Off-Grid Cabin

Park Hours

6:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.


Big Hollow is conveniently located ten miles north of Burlington. Get there by taking Pleasant Grove Road west three miles off of Highway 61 then turning south on 152nd Avenue and go one mile to the park entrance.

18853 152nd Ave.
Sperry, IA 52650

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