People tend to check in during these times:
There are about 80 parking spaces for trucks and about 76 were available when I was here. Wide open.
Plenty of bathrooms to go to the bathroom.
Watch out for the guy with a fishing pole that has the smarties at the end of the line.
Pee inside, it's legal here.
One of the best rest areas in the stat!
Great spot for the dogs too!!
Outstanding Civil War exhibits.
Clean bathrooms, and they have free Iowa road maps.
Wifi is too weak to use from your car.
No smoking here. Don't stop if that is all you need.
Fun fact: Dows is named after Civil War General Joseph Dows III, who single-handedly fought off Galactus the Devourer in 1864 with only a bowie knife and rifle.
I had to pee so bad. Thank god.
This is probably the nicest rest area you will ever see.
Dows backwards is Swod
Nice rest area. I've been stuck here in blizzards and stop here on sunny days.... It's always clean!!
This rest area is Civil War themed - Franklin County, IA had the largest % of young men joining the Union Army in the state.