Dale Maffitt Reservoir – Des Moines, Iowa

 

Dale Maffitt Reservoir, Water Works Park, Places to hike in Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa, Iowa lake

Dale Maffitt Reservoir is a large lake with lots of water birds and a grass nature trail around it. It’s a part of the Des Moines Water Works Park. Full of large, beautiful trees!

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Information:

Name: Dale Maffitt Reservoir
Address: 12460 Maffitt Lake Road, Cumming, Iowa, 50061
Type: Places to get take a hike
Bathrooms: Yes
Shade: Yes
Playground: No
Trails: Yes, grass
Water: Yes, lake
Other notes: Nature trail is approximately 4.5 miles around the lake. Several docks that extend into the water. Trail map found here.
Official Website: http://www.dmww.com/parks-events/maffitt-reservoir/
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Pictures:

There is a link to the trail map above. When we first entered the park we drove around the very windy road, looking for a trailhead, but could not find one. We ended up looping all the way through and parked by the bathrooms

When we got out we began following this rock paved road. From there we found a little opening to where a trail was.

Dale Maffitt Reservoir, Water Works Park, Places to hike in Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa, Iowa lake

LOTS of greenery and trees! I loved all the huge trees and open area in the center to run and play.

Dale Maffitt Reservoir, Water Works Park, Places to hike in Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa, Iowa lake

Dale Maffitt Reservoir, Water Works Park, Places to hike in Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa, Iowa lake

Dale Maffitt Reservoir, Water Works Park, Places to hike in Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa, Iowa lake

There are a lot of picnic tables available and some charcoal grills. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon hiking, playing in the rocks, and watching the beautiful water!

Dale Maffitt Reservoir, Water Works Park, Places to hike in Des Moines, Des Moines, Iowa, Iowa lake

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