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Gray's Lake Park

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Great spot to walk or bike on paved trail, or enjoy the water wading. Not recommending swimming... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jill W
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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 February 12, 2019
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“fleur drive”(6 reviews)
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2100 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321-1158
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great spot to walk or bike on paved trail, or enjoy the water wading. Not recommending swimming unless you don't mind murky water which can hide kids etc who go under. Beautiful trees, eagle nest, bridge with colorful night light panels. Rent a boat or...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jill W
Reviewed February 12, 2019 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 January 22, 2019

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
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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