Big Hollow Recreation Area

Camping at Big Hollow Recreation Area

Big Hollow Camp Ground
Big Hollow Camp Ground

Big Hollow 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. 

RV Campground
There are 32 ​full hook-up 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. The nightly rate for full hook-up sites is $20 for walk-up, $25 for reservations.

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.

Group Campsite
The Group Camping Area is available to scout groups and other organizations for reservation. The Group Camping Area can be reserved by reserving the Hickory Shelter House.

Park & Campground Development
Big Hollow is still undergoing development. Future plans for the area include a shower house & playground in 2018, followed by 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. 


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.