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Gray's Lake Park

2100 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321-1158
+1 515-237-1386
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Nice intercity walking/picnicing area

After a warm June day in Des Moines, we went to Gray's Lake for a evening walk. The light breeze... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Karen C
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Nice family park

We were in Iowa for a family wedding and wanted to get some exercise. This park has walking... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hjg G
Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
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“paddle boats” (11 reviews)
“mile walk” (6 reviews)
“fleur drive” (5 reviews)
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2100 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321-1158
+1 515-237-1386
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Reviewed 1 week ago

After a warm June day in Des Moines, we went to Gray's Lake for a evening walk. The light breeze made our walk very pleasant as we rounded the 2 mile perimeter. Lots of families and folks out walking.

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Iowa for a family wedding and wanted to get some exercise. This park has walking trails, a lake, picnic areas. It looks like they have events there too. It looked like you could rent paddle boats and bikes. If I lived here...More

Thank Hjg G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This park is wonderful and perfect for people looking for a place to run or walk since the path is wide and I believe the loop is just shy of 2 miles. However, in the evening hours it is incredibly busy and I struggled to...More

1  Thank Sierra M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is such a great spot for families to get out of the house and get some fresh air. I love coming here during sunset and going for a stroll. Highly recommend checking it out, you won't be disappointed!

Thank heather l
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

This park, lake and walking trail are an ideal place to get a bit of nature and relaxation in the city. Very well maintained, including clean restrooms stocked with toilet paper and soap, it's a very enjoyable way to spend the day. Boats available for...More

Thank Natalie B
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Was in Des Moines to visit some friends and we stopped by Gray's Lake Park for a bit of a respite. The park consists of a small lake with a nice paved path surrounding it. At the start of the path, there are tables, bathrooms,...More

Thank Butchboy
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

I like to walk and talk with friends but sometimes when I want to walk my friends aren't available. That's when I like to go to Grey's Lake because others are walking there too and I don't feel like I am walking alone. I enjoy...More

Thank Iamnotmymind
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Gray's Lake offers swimming, fishing, boating, walking, biking, and a view of the river that feels secluded & natural, not very urban. Yet it's ,iterally only blocks from downtown Des Moines. Refreshing, worth it, a wonderful addition to our city.

Thank Schnauzz
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is not just a lake for walkers to enjoy the pathway - Grays Lake is a wonderful venue for members of the Des Moines Rowing Club. In early June they hold a novice day where you can try out this beautiful and exhilarating sport....More

Thank patricia m
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

My husband and I drive from NW Des Moines a couple times a week in the Spring and Summer to walk the 2 mile paved trail around Gray's Lake. Yesterday all four parking lots were full forcing others to get creative in finding places to...More

Thank Peyoz
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How late can u rent the paddle boats? Whats hourly cost?
22 June 2016|
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Response from Joe D | Reviewed this property |
sorry, no idea
Sarah A
Are grills provided or allowed in the park?
2 June 2015|
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Response from Cliff K | Reviewed this property |
The south entrance and area is the most grill friendly part of the park. For a another nearby family place with grills I would recommend Union park and another not too far is Cottonwood park near Saylorville Dam...