• Superhero and Princess 5K & Kids Fun Run!

    The Superhero and Princess 5K & Kids Fun Run on October 18 will definitely bring out your inner superhero! Racers are encouraged to run, walk or fly in their favorite action hero or princess costume. Sign up for the 5K before October 6 for just $25. Fees for the Kids Fun Run is just $10 per child (ages 3-12).

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  • Youth Basketball Registration

    Des Moines Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce our new Youth Basketball League, sponsored by Scheels and developed in partnership with Des Moines Public Schools. Separate leagues are available for boys & girls, each offering divisions 1st - 7th grades. Cost is $450/team or $50/child. Registration ends Oct. 10.

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  • Book Your Tee Time!

    Every Saturday & Sunday for the remainder of the 2014 golf season, you can play on the area’s first SoccerGolf course at Bright Grandview Golf Course from Noon – 4:00pm. Green fees are $12/person & soccer balls rent for $3 each. Carts are available for an additional fee. Contact Bright Grandview for more info & to book your tee time.

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  • Bags Fall Tournament Main Window

    Bags isn't just for tailgating anymore! Sign up for the Des Moines Bags League Fall Tournament before October 10. Cost is only $10 per team of two adults (ages 18+). Tournament will be held at Bright Grandview Golf Course (inside or outside clubhouse) on November 8.

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  • Monarch Tagging

    Join us and learn about Monarch Butterflies and their migration. We'll catch some in our nets, tag and release them. All ages are welcome to attend this free event.

    9/22 - Franklin Community Garden, 9:00am

    9/25 - Sargent Park Natural Playscape, 3:30pm

    9/27 - Ewing Park, 1:00pm

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  • Yoga in the Park

    Yoga in the Park, presented by Des Moines Parks and Recreation and UnityPoint Health - Des Moines is back again . We invite you to enjoy your Saturday mornings by participating in a free weekly yoga session at Gray's Lake. The class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and will be held every Saturday beginning June 7 through September 27.

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  • Taekwondo Special

    Join Taekwondo for just $1 during the month of September.

    At Pioneer Columbus Community Center take Taekwondo - Mondays and Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm, ages 7 years and up. Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Pee Wee 4-6 years old. Cost is $50 monthly, $1 for the month of September. For more information call 248-6316.

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  • Sheridan Park Event

    Join us Friday, September 19 at 12 p.m. to celebrate updated amenities at Sheridan Park such as a new trail, new basketball court and resurfaced tennis courts.

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  • Take a Walk in the Park

    In conjunction with the Healthiest State Initiative, we invite residents to take a "Walk in the Park" on October 8, starting at 6:00am at Gray's Lake. Participate in the 4th annual Healthiest State Walk. Click the link below to join.

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Gray's Lake lighten bridge at dusk with downtown in the distance

Gray's Lake - Fun On and Near the Water

 

Over one million people visit Gray's Lake Park every year.  Gray's Lake is a 96 acres freshwater lake with a maximum depth of 14.2 feet with a mean depth of 9.6 feet.   Gray's Lake is open April through October from 5 AM to 12 midnight and 6 AM to 10 PM November through March.

 

Gray's Lake allows electric trolling motor only.  Sailboats maximum height must not exceed 24 foot due to high overhead voltage.   Sailboats must remain 30 feet from the bridge.  Visitors may gain access to the lake from a hard surface boat ramp. 

 

Fisher man showing his catch at Gray's LakeFishing

 

Gray's Lake hosts an unusual combination of fish - those typically found in rivers as well as those found in lakes and, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, is one of the best cat fishing spots in central Iowa.  The Lake offers many good fishing access points from shore for the fishing enthusiast who does not have a boat.  Fishing is permitted in all areas except the pedestrian bridge and on the boat rental dock when it is open for rentals.  The major species of fish include channel catfish, crappies and largemouth bass.  

  

Sailing and Canoeing

 

Bring your sail boat or canoe  to beautiful Gray's Lake for a day-long or early evening sail or canoe outing.  Visit Gray's Lake Concessions for boat rentals from 10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.  Paddleboats, canoes, sailboats, kayaks, catamaran kayaks, and hydro bikes are available for $ 5.00 per 1/2 hour rental.  Rentals begin in mid April.

 

Learn to Sail - Intro to Sailing 

Learn Canoe Basics - Canoe Lessons

 

Swimming

 

Swimming is allowed in designated beach area only.  No lifeguard is on duty but life jackets are provided free of charge. Glass containers, dogs and smoking are not allowed at the beach.  Consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages is not allowed within the Park.

 

Gray's Lake Park Rules