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Big Hollow Off-Grid Cabin

Two bedroom ​off-grid cabin (no running water, solar powered lights) with open living/dining room area and covered porch. One bedroom with a queen size bed and one with two double beds. Living area has couch, coffee table, four-person dining table with chairs, and concrete countertop in one corner. A portable restroom, campfire ring, upright charcoal grill, picnic table, sitting benches, and serving station are provided outside. The serving station has a concrete countertop, sink and a cistern pump connected to a rain barrel for non-potable water needs.

**If you would like a free canoe for your stay, please include the request during the final step of check-out**

Sleeps 6; maximum capacity: 10

Cabin Rules & Regulations

  • Smoking is prohibited in the cabins
  • No flame-producing devices (candles, lanterns, etc.) allowed in the cabin
  • Quiet hours are 10:30 p.m. - 6:00 a.m.
  • Non-registered guests must leave by 10:30 p.m.
  • Responsible party of record will be held responsible for any damages or theft that occurs
  • Pets are not allowed in the cabin
  • No one under the age of 21 is allowed to occupy a cabin unless that minor is accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, 21 years or older
  • Maximum number of occupants: 10; Cabin is furnished to sleep 6
  • No camping trailers or tents may be at the cabins; please use the campground
  • Keep all vehicles on roads or designated parking areas
  • No outside firewood may be brought in. Firewood is available at Big Hollow, three pieces for $1.
  • Only paper and wood products may be burned in the fire ring. Fires must be contained completely within the ring.
  • Park Rangers have authority to refuse rental privileges and rescind any and all rental permits for cause
  • All Park Rules & Regulations of Des Moines County Conservation apply
What to Bring
  • Sleeping bags/bedding/pillows
    • Note: the mattresses are very firm. Bring extra padding or blankets if you prefer a softer bed.
  • Cookware, dishes and utensils
  • Outdoor cooking stove
  • Fresh water
  • Dish soap and dish towels
  • Flashlights/lanterns and extra batteries
    • Note: No flame-producing devices are allowed in the cabin.
  • Trash bags
  • Lawn chairs
  • Charcoal
EMERGENCY CONTACT PHONE NUMBER: 911

NON-EMERGENCY: Des Moines County Conservation (319) 753-8260
Des Moines County Sheriff’s Department (319) 753-8366

Location

East end of Big Hollow Recreation Area.
15631 Big Hollow Dr.

Amenities

In addition to a fire grill, the off-grid cabin offers the following amenities: 
Fire ring
Firewood available
Picnic Table
Refuse cans
Restroom
Swimming nearby
Table with chairs

Fees

$40/night; two night minimum

Hours of Operation & Seasons

Cabin available yearly from April 1 to October 31.

Check-In/Check-Out
Check-in time is 3:00 PM. Check-out time is 12:00 PM.
Returned keys should be placed inside the key lock box attached to the cabin. Lost or stolen keys will result in a $50.00 replacement charge.
Cabin and surrounding grounds should be cleaned and left in good condition. Any damaged or stolen property will be charged to the renter.

Closures

Cabin closed from November 1 to March 31 annually.