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Gray's Lake Park

2100 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321-1158
+1 515-237-1386
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A gem right in the heart of town

We only had a short time to visit this park. We could have spent two full days there between the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Indianapolis, Indiana
Amazing Park Experience

Gray's Lake Park is literally a gem in Des Moines. This was just a trip to relax and I spent about... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dave F
Watertown, Wisconsin
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2100 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321-1158
+1 515-237-1386
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Reviewed yesterday

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 14 June 2017

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 7 June 2017

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
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Judie L
8 July 2017|
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Response from Peyoz | Reviewed this property |
Yes, nice beach
21 June 2016|
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Response from Joe D | Reviewed this property |
sorry, no idea
Sarah A
1 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...