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Gray's Lake Park

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Relaxing Sunday stroll

This lake is a charming jewel in the heart of a city. It is not only pretty, but offers fun in the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Great place for a picnic, taking a walk, biking and so many other things (Pokemon Go! anyone? lol... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Pati H
Des Moines, Iowa
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“paddle boats”(15 reviews)
“fleur drive”(6 reviews)
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All reviews beautiful lake paddle boats fleur drive walking path water works rent kayaks water craft nice walking great place to walk bald eagles bike ride great trails concession stand pedestrian bridge raccoon river favorite places to go downtown des moines
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This lake is a charming jewel in the heart of a city. It is not only pretty, but offers fun in the water for young and old. Really family friendly.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Fungipreneur
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place for a picnic, taking a walk, biking and so many other things (Pokemon Go! anyone? lol) Very nice park with great trails, lots of people on a sunny day. A gem in the center of the city!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Pati H
Reviewed January 15, 2019

Love to run around the lake. The bridge is really cool with all the lights at night. Great place for outdoors.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Innah K
Reviewed January 1, 2019

Perfect place for a walk or run, path is 2 miles around! Fishing and small scale boating opportunities. Kinda crowded on the weekends, but what else isnt?

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank bsav237
Reviewed December 18, 2018

this was our 1st trip to Des Moines and we were to told to visit this place by our friends, one of the best places to get away from everything and just relax and connect yourself with the nature. We walked all around the lake...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MarthaJoseph234
Reviewed December 12, 2018

Gray's Lake has so much to offer Des Moines! We took our kayaks on our last visit. It's a great place to walk your dogs, hang around on the beach, etc.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank missysm0m
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Nice place to enjoy some time away from it all. Walking trail around the lake complete with Bald Eagles. Next to Des Moines River. Beach, rentals for water craft, outdoor yoga. Check to see if it's open because they are doing some upgrades.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Julie L
Reviewed October 2, 2018

I grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. One of the best memories that I have about Des Moines is the Gray's Lake Park. It has improved over the years. This is a perfect hangout place for families and friends. I wish we had more recreational...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Reviewed September 29, 2018

Was visiting the Des Moines Area and wanted to do some walking outside. Drove to Gray's Lake Park. What a beautiful place! Walked all the way around it and down in the sand by the beach area. Will definitely be back next time in the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank momofboys000
Reviewed September 29, 2018

This lake between airport and downtown features a well maintained walking biking path that circumvents the lake and is wide and fairly flat. There are restrooms and parking. At some seasons watercraft are on the lake.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank James C
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May 22, 2018|
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Response from kwshannon | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can fish. Not sure what you might catch. Water works park to the west of Fleur has fishing ponds that could be better.
November 16, 2017|
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Response from indygem | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the delay, looks like you may have already gotten an answer. We weren't there in the winter, so I can't be of much help.
July 8, 2017|
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Response from Peyoz | Reviewed this property |
Yes, nice beach
Travel Forum Posts
April Weekend in Des Moines - Gray's Lake? Other ideas? (7 Replies)
We're coming in for an April weekend (not during Drake Relays) and so far have this list of possibilities: Des Moines Art Center Massages somewhere, probably Massage Heights or Massage Envy because they are near our West Des Moines hotel and because they offer a $39. special. Maybe an OmniMax movie at the Science Center. The Botanic Garden sounds nice but not sure if my crowd will be interested. Fleur Cinema for evening entertainment. Gray's Lake, although I can't find a...More
April 08, 2008|
Response fromxenaUsa|
I should mention that shopping is not high on the lists of the men in our group so we probably aren't looking for mall suggestions this trip. Thanks again. We'd never been to Des Moines until one of our kids moved there for school and have really enjoyed the little bits of time we've spent there. Such a nice city! Looking forward to our visit.
charlie w
Grayslake, Illinois
traffic route to mitchell airport (5 Replies)
I am flying out of Mitchell filed Oct 20th @ 7 am coming from Grays lake IL is there posted detours to get to the airport and at that time of day how much time should I allow due to road constuction thanks in advance
September 16, 2011|
Response fromprzyk|
This is a very timely post. I was just watching a morning news show and they were talking about future detours around the airport. They were talking about detours coming from the north, so I think you are okay coming from the south. I really don't know where GraysLake is, so I'm assuming you would come on I-94 from Gurnee, Ill and thru Racine and Kenosha. If you are coming in on I-43 from the southwest, Lake Geneva area you would be impacted by the detours. They also mentioned on the...More