DSM Water Trails & Greenways

What are Water Trails?

Water trails are recreational corridors and routes on rivers and lakes that provide a unique experience for all water users. They provide easier access into water and amenities like riverside camping, wild spaces, picnic areas, restrooms, and watercraft rentals provided by local, state, and federal partners. Coordinated signage and mapping systems guide users toward the types of experiences they seek, ranging from a highly social first-time river experience lasting a few hours to multi-day adventures. Water trails help boost local economies and give central Iowans outdoor experiences just outside their back doors.

Water Trails and Greenways Master Plan

The Greater Des Moines Water Trails and Greenways Master Plan was adopted by unanimous vote of the MPO Policy Committee in November 2016. The water trails plan provides the region a road-map for enhancing citizen experiences in and along the 150 miles of waterways in Greater Des Moines.

About the Regional Water Trails Planning Effort

The MPO received funding from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to develop a regional water trails plan. Now developed, the plan provides the region a road-map for enhancing citizen experiences in and along the waterways in Greater Des Moines.

Read the Plan Here. 

More Information

Visit the the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) water trails web page here.

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