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Easter Lake Shelter 3

2830 Easter Lake Drive
Ph: 515-249-1543
Des Moines, IA, 50320

Easter Lake Shelter #3 is an open air, accessible shelter that sits in a wooded area surrounded by mature black cherry trees. This shelter is located away from the lake.  A one-mile wooded trail runs along the hill side just west of the shelter.


Reservations may be made up to 2 years but must be made a minimum of 7 days in advance of the date of reservation. For reservations within 7 days, please contact our office. 


Park Address: Easter Lake 2830 Easter Lake Drive, Des Moines, Iowa


Directions: Easter Lake Park is located at 2830 Easter Lake Drive, Des Moines.  Shelter #3 is located within Easter Lake Park.  After entering the park, you will come to a Y intersection, go left.  Shelter #3 will be the first shelter you come to and will be to your right.  Select the map identifying the location of park shelters found under the "Related Items" section or click the following link to our website:  



Capacity: 120

Area: shaded

Electricity/Lights: no

Water Hydrant: no

Grills:   One large double grill and one small grill (ADA)

Picnic Tables: 12  

Parking Spaces: 25 

Restroom: pit latrine

Restroom location: 100 yards to accessible latrine

Playground: no

Sand Volleyball Court with Net (ball not provided): UNDER CONSTRUCTION 

Horseshoe Pit: yes

Dumpster Location (no trash cans are provided): west of shelter

Other Amenities: 400 yards to Lake - no view of Lake

Nature trail on west side of shelter - 100 yards

Carry in/carry out refuse
Picnic Table


Reservation Fee: $50

  • Only one reservation is allowed per day, per shelter.

Advance Booking Requirement:

  • Reservations may be made up to TWO YEARS to date in advance.
  • Reservations must be made at least 7 days in advance. For reservations within 7 days, please contact our office. 

Alcohol/beer/wine Restrictions:

  • If beer or wine is present at the facility, rental must be in the name of a person who is 21 years of age or older who will be present at the facility for the full term of the reservation. No other type of alcoholic beverage is allowed. 
  • Any renter having keg beer is required to pay a $100 deposit to the Ranger on the day of the event and prior to the beginning of the event.

Youth Group Discounts: An organized youth group may reserve shelters at a discounted rate.  Please contact the Polk County Conservation Office at (515) 323-5300 for more information on how to receive the discount.

Hours of Operation & Seasons

April 15 through October 15

  • Reservations allowed.
  • One may utilize the shelter from 10:00 AM to 10:30 p.m.
  • If the shelter is not reserved for a particular date, it is available on a first-come basis.


  October 16 through April 15 

  • No reservations allowed. Exceptions will be made for those events with a Special Event Permit. More information can be found on the facilities tab of our website: www.leadingyououtdoors.org.
  • All shelters may be used free of charge on a first come, first serve basis during park hours.