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Gray's Lake Park

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Address: 2100 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA
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Gray's Lake is a spot for all. There is a 1.95 mile asphalt trail surrounding the lake that is walk and run friendly. There is a beach for swimming and plenty of places to have... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gray's Lake is a spot for all. There is a 1.95 mile asphalt trail surrounding the lake that is walk and run friendly. There is a beach for swimming and plenty of places to have a picnic. There are numerous restrooms and you can walk dogs there. It appears to be a safe place to be.

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Thank Doug P
West Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Very nice public resource, great walking and bike path. Nice beach, with change house and rentals. Bikes and water craft are available for rental on site.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Beautiful park, bridge is lit up at night. It is just shy of two mile around the lake, but can get a lot more mileage in running nearby on the trails and sidewalks. They also have kayaks and sailboats that you can rent. Excellent park.

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Thank Andy D
Sioux City, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Great fun can be had at Gray's Lake and on any given day you will see hundreds of people enjoying this area. Walking, jogging,biking and boat rentals are just part of the fun. Free to enter and during the summer season they do have some concessions. A diverse crowd at a very nice venue.

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Thank loesshawk2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015 via mobile

I run here most mornings it is clean peaceful and a great place to take a family. They also have canoe rentals and paddle bikes

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Thank rod b
Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Great for a work out or family day out. My sons and I came down and walked around before dropping my son at college. Beautiful Lake.

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Thank mzona18
Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

I absolutely love Gray's Lake! I have always felt very safe to go there and do runs around the lake! It's nice that they have a water fountain and bathrooms available.

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Thank js2015js
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

The park is beautiful and has a lovely bridge that gets lit up at night. It is a wonderful sight and is a nice walk on a brisk autumn day. Bring a picnic basket and stay for a few hours! Maybe you will witness a wedding!

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Thank Sarah O
Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Gray's Lake is a lake for all people. It has a two mile running, walking, biking trail around it with links to all of the local biking and running trails from downtown and Waterworks Park. If you want to run or walk, you can turn into the parking lot across from the Arboretum entrance and park by the close-by bathrooms... More 

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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Great place to go for a run/walk/rollerblade. The trail around the lake is exactly two miles long, so it's easy to work out how far you've run. You can rent out bikes or kayaks etc at one end of the lake or pop in at Confluence micro-brewery for a quick beer. There are areas to have a grill/picnic with the... More 

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