Easter Lake Park – Des Moines, Iowa

Easter Lake Park des moines iowa

Easter Lake Park is shady and green, with several trails to choose from. Several playgrounds are available for playing, with Polk County’s only covered bridge along the trail. We have hiked the Wymore Trail; there is a mix of grass and paved trails available. While the beach is currently defunct with the lake drained (as of summer 2017), there is a cool firetruck playground on that side of the park.

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Information:

Name: Easter Lake Park
Address: 2830 Easter Lake Dr, Des Moines, IA 50320
Type: Places to hike and places to play and places to take a walk
Bathrooms: Yes
Shade: Yes, partially shaded trails and shaded shelters
Playground: Yes
Trails: Yes, grass and dirt
Water: Yes, lake
Other notes: Beach and boat ramp are closed for lake restoration in 2016 & 2017, so all boating and swimming is prohibited. Fishing. Owens Covered Bridge, Polk County’s only covered bridge. Wymore Trail (1.4 miles) – Songbird Trail (.1 miles) – Mark C. Ackleson Trail (6.2 miles) – Apple Orchard Trail (2 miles) Trail map here.
Official Website:   https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/conservation/parks-trails/6-easter-lake-park/
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Wymore trail above.

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Trail by the beach above.

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Have you been here? Leave a comment and let people know what you think!

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  1. I would like to know if you have been to Easter Lake? I went yesterday and it looks worse now than it ever did before. There is no clear water. Algae and slime covers the majority of the lake. If you tried to fish I’m sure that you would get a snag in any direction you cast. They could have mowed the weeds down before they let it fill back up. If I was to be lucky enough to catch a fish, I wouldn’t keep it. I would be afraid of what I would catch from it. I couldn’t believe that there were people swimming in it and allowing their children to be in it. I was never so disappointed in anything in my life. I will never go back there.

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