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Easter Lake Shelter 4

2830 Easter Lake Drive
Des Moines, IA, 50320

Through spring 2019 construction is continuing throughout the park as we complete park improvements. Please see closures section for more information about park improvements that are underway.​

Easter Lake Shelter #4 is an open air, accessible shelter that sits off of the main road winding through the park.  This shelter is surrounded by woods on three sides and has a hiking trail to the southwest. The shelter was re-constructed in 2008 and is the largest shelter in the park. This shelter sits in one of the many bays on the Lake and has a deck overlooking the water. This would be an ideal place for weddings, graduations, and company picnics that are anticipating a high volume of guests.


Reservations may be made up to 2 years but must be made a minimum of 5 days in advance of the date of reservation. For example, to make a Saturday reservation, you must reserve the facility no later than Tuesday of that week.


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 #4 is located within Easter Lake Park.  After entering the park, you will come to a Y intersection, go left.  Shelter #4 is the second shelter you will come to and will be to your left.  Select the map identifying location of park shelters found under the "Related Items" section or by clicking the following link to our website:




Capacity: 140

Area: partially shaded

Electricity/Lights: no

Water Hydrant: no

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

Picnic Tables: 14  

Parking Spaces: 40 

Restroom: pit latrine

Restroom location: ADA concrete latrine off parking lot

Playground: no

Sand Volleyball Court with Net (ball not provided): yes 

Horseshoe Pit: yes

Dumpster Location (no trash cans are provided): southwest of parking lot

Other Amenities: Located at cove of the Lake

Handicap Accessible
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 5 days in advance.

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.

Construction Underway: A combination of restoration practices is necessary to restore this 178-acre lake and its watershed. Planned measures include stream bank stabilization, promoting the use of no or low phosphorus fertilizer, storm water management, in-lake sediment detention basins, dredging existing storm water detention basins and portions of the lake, fish population renovation and improvement, invasive species control, and improvements to public access.

For more information on the Easter Lake Watershed Project, please see the Project's Facebook page  Easter-Lake-Watershed-Project