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Gray's Lake Park

2100 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321-1158
+1 515-237-1386
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The lake was a little smaller than I anticipated, but we rented stand up paddle boards and had a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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This is a great little lake with a 2 mile walking trail around it. It was pretty busy after work... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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2100 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321-1158
+1 515-237-1386
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The lake was a little smaller than I anticipated, but we rented stand up paddle boards and had a great time! If the wind is higher than 16 mph or they see 'white caps' they will stop renting for at least 30 minutes and then...More

Thank briegel22
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great little lake with a 2 mile walking trail around it. It was pretty busy after work (around 5:30), but not crowded. All sorts of people walk, run, bike, kayak, etc. It's a beautiful little park close to downtown. Highly recommend.

Thank AmberAmber27
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We only had a short time to visit this park. We could have spent two full days there between the extensive trails, swimming, and kayaking available.

Thank indygem
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Gray's Lake Park is literally a gem in Des Moines. This was just a trip to relax and I spent about three and a half to four hours here just enjoying the park. It was amazing to see this park and I would highly recommend...More

Thank Dave F
Reviewed 12 July 2017

It's no Central Park, but what a fabulous asset for Des Moines. Beautiful jogging/walking/roller blading path, sailboat and kayak rentals. Swimming, toilet facilities. Amust see/do!

Thank stone595
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Remodeled and looking good. The entire area is revamped and looks gorgeous! Water is clean, area is well groomed. Small boats for rent. Biking AND hiking paths!! BBQ area fun place for family gatherings

Thank CarolSchrodt
Reviewed 10 July 2017

It's hard to imagine what this park looked like 15 years ago with a derelict hotel, weeds, drug action and who knows what else. Today it is a spectacular amenity for all with walkways, rental canoes and paddle boats, picnic areas, play areas, a rainbow...More

Thank Nancy F
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This is my after-work bike ride destination. There are multiple bike trails that connect to Gray's Lake and there's always something different to see from the beach to the boat dock to the serpentine bridge. pump your tires or fill your water bottle at the...More

Thank busy_traveler
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Nice walkways,beautiful place.great walkway/runway loop around it.late evening is the best time for walk.safe n sound.well lit .Lots of families n folks come here.Park is wonderful.It offers fishing g,swimming,biking,walking picnic,great place to e joy nature.

Thank Purnima09
Reviewed 16 June 2017

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
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Judie L
8 July 2017|
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Response from Peyoz | Reviewed this property |
Yes, nice beach
22 June 2016|
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Response from Joe D | Reviewed this property |
sorry, no idea
Sarah A
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...