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Water Works Park

DMWW Main Office

Izaak Walton League

Main Park Entrance

Denman Memorial Fountain

DMWW Water Treatment Plant



Picnic Area

Little League Baseball Complex

Soccer South

Killdeer Pond/Marsh

Horse Stables

Equestrian Entrance

North Shelter

North Picninc Area

Parking Area

Arie den Boer Arboretum

Public Access: North Entrance

Event Field

Model Airplane Field

Picnic Area

Picnic Area

Picnic Area

Foot Bridge

Parking Area

River Access

Picnic Area: South Shelter

Parking Area


Lime Basin

Lime Basin

Boy Scout Fire Ring

Water Works Park

Located on Fleur Drive directly across from Gray's Lake, Water Works Park covers nearly 1,500 acres of open wooded areas. The park stretches from Fleur Drive, west of 63rd Street, bounded by the Raccoon River on the north edge, and George Flagg Parkway to the south.

Biking, jogging, picnicking, fishing, and hiking are a few of the activities that park patrons enjoy. Picnic areas, complete with tables and grills, are located in several areas of the park. Large, open areas are available for team sports such as softball, tag football, and soccer. For more information on the trail system, visit City of Des Moines official website.

Water Works Park Concerts

For Lauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park concert events, please visit

Water Works Park Renovation

For more information about the Des Moines Water Works Park Foundation and proposed Water Works Park plan, visit  

Water Works Park Hours

6:00 am to 10:00 pm

Water Works Park Rules & Regulations

Firearms, Fireworks and Explosives

No person shall use firearms, explosives, weapons, firecrackers, or fireworks of any character, unless permission has been granted by DMWW


Fishing is permitted by all legal methods outlined in the State Fishing Laws.  See, Iowa Department of Natural Resources publication, Iowa Fishing Regulations.


Overnight camping is not permitted.

Fires and Fire Pits

Fires are allowed only in existing picnic area fireplaces and picnic area grills. Grilling is allowed only on picnic area grills. No digging of fire pits or trenches is permitted

Destruction of Plant Life

No person shall in any manner cut, deface, injure, or remove any tree, shrub, or plant. No person shall pick or destroy any flowers growing on Water Works’ property.

Disorderly and Obscene Conduct, Nuisances

No person shall use any loud, violent, obscene, or profane language; nor shall any person engage in disorderly or obscene conduct, or commit any nuisance on Water Works’ property.

Waste Material

No person shall deposit upon or litter the ground with any form of waste material. All such waste material must be carried off the property or placed in trash receptacles provided.

Property Damage

No person shall destroy, injure, deface, or otherwise abuse any building, equipment, sign, or other natural or material property belonging to Des Moines Water Works.

Domestic Animals

No dog or other animal brought into Water Works Park shall be allowed to run at large, except for dogs in designated off-leash areas. Animals shall be deemed running at large unless the owner carries the animal, or leads it by a leash not exceeding six feet in length, or keeps the animal confined in a wagon, automobile, or other vehicle.

Bridle Trails

All horses shall be kept on bridle trails and under control at all times. No person shall hitch a horse or other animal except at hitching rails where provided. In other areas, no horse or other animal shall be hitched to trees, shrubs, fences, etc. in such a manner as to result in property damage. Horses are not permitted in picnic areas.

Recreational Vehicles

No all terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles, watercraft, or unlicensed recreational motor vehicles shall be permitted to operate on Water Works property or waters, except that canoes and kayaks with a valid use permit are allowed on Dale Maffitt Reservoir.

Closed Areas

No person shall enter upon closed portions of Water Works property in disregard of closed gates or signs forbidding the same.

River, Ponds and Fountain

No person shall skate on the ice or swim in the waters of the Raccoon River or any natural or artificial body of water on Water Works property. Wading shall be considered swimming, except for fishing purposes. Launching of boats upon Des Moines Water Works property is not allowed.

Vehicle Operation

No person shall ride or drive any motor vehicle in Water Works Park except upon the established roadways, and shall not exceed a speed limit of 20 miles per hour at any time nor exceed any other posted speed limit. All park roads are considered public thoroughfares, subject to the same traffic laws as city streets or county roads. All vehicles shall be operated as required by law, including the Code of Iowa, and applicable ordinances.


All vehicle parking shall be confined to designated parking areas where provided. Vehicles are not allowed to park on the grass unless granted permission by DMWW staff. No vehicle shall be permitted to park in such a manner as to congest traffic or obstruct any roadway or drive.

Bike/Pedestrian Trail

Multi-use recreational trails are open for use by the public at all times with the exception that portions of the trail system may be closed from time to time due to flooding, maintenance activities, or other circumstances. Closed sections of a trail shall not be used by the public. Use of the trail system after park hours is allowed, providing users stay on the trail at all times.


These rules are enforced by Water Works staff and by law enforcement officials. All use of Water Works Park and Dale Maffitt Reservoir is subject to compliance with the rules, and such privilege may be terminated or suspended as provided in the Water Works Board Policy Manual. Terminations and suspensions hereunder shall not apply to rights of use of multi-use recreational trails, providing users stay on the trail at all times. Any entry onto, or use of, Water Works Park or Dale Maffitt Reservoir in violation of a termination or suspension shall be deemed a trespass, and shall be subject to civil and criminal penalties for trespass as provided by law.

Complete Rules & Regulations for Water Works Park 

Complete Rules & Regulations for Water Works Park


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