Des Moines County Conservation

Join us on May 15 for the Big Hollow Open House and Fill the Lake Floatilla events!

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Instead of the traditional Outdoor Youth Jamboree event, an annual volunteer-organized event that draws 1,000 people to Big Hollow Recreation Area for a day of all-things-outdoor-recreation, this year Des Moines County Conservation will host a Big Hollow Open House on Saturday, May 15 where you can come and go as you please throughout the day and enjoy the park on your own schedule. Borrow our canoes, borrow a fishing pole (we'll even provide the bait!), and explore the park with a digital scavenger hunt. All for free!

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Bring your canoes and kayaks and Fill the Lake on Saturday, May 15 as part of our Big Hollow Open House event. Join the floatilla on the lake just out from the beach for a drone photo at 1:00 PM to raise awareness for water quality and the importance of outdoor recreation on the lake. 

Learn more about the Big Hollow Lake Water Quality Project