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Big Hollow Primitive Cabin

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Admission Fee

$25/night; two night minimum

Max Occupancy 10


  1. Bike Trail
  2. Boating
  3. Fishing
  4. Grill
  5. Hiking Trails
  6. Hunting
  7. Picnicking
Two bedroom primitive cabin (no running water or electricity) 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.

Rental Rate
  • $25/night; two night minimum. Sleeps 5; maximum capacity: 10
  • Open April 1st through October 31st.

  • Cabin is available by reservation only and may be reserved up to twelve (12) months in advance.
  • Reservations may be made online, over the phone, or in person at the DMC Conservation Office.
  • Full payment is required within three (3) days of when the reservation is made or two (2) days in advance of the reserved date, whichever is sooner.
  • Cancellations must be made at least three (3) days in advance for full refund.

  • 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.

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

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



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