Attracting nearly 400,000 visitors each year, Easter Lake Park has been a great recreational resource to central Iowa since its creation in 1967. Easter Lake is fed by Yeader Creek which is part of a 6,380-acre watershed that stretches across Des Moines from the airport east to the lake.

Over the last several years this popular 178-acre lake has faced diminishing water quality as development in the area has increased. The lake currently suffers from poor water clarity, algal blooms, high sedimentation rates, low oxygen concentrations, and a poor fishery.

Restoring Easter Lake

In response to the lake’s water quality problems, project partners completed research to identify pollutant sources, locate priority areas, and develop a plan of action to provide guidance and outline goals for the restoration project. Project partners have incorporated multiple funding sources into future lake and watershed improvements, as well as a new trail system that will further connect local residents to the natural amenities of Easter Lake and Ewing Park. Read more below to learn about the history of Easter Lake, project partners, and plans to improve the watershed.




Project Partners

The Easter Lake Watershed Project is led by a team of partners with a common goal to improve water quality and ensure that Easter Lake is a sustainable resource that can provide diverse recreational activities for all visitors. Each partner organization plays an important role in reaching restoration goals at Easter Lake and throughout the watershed. The … Continue reading Project Partners

Watershed Improvements

Key Actions The Easter Lake Watershed Project has multiple structural improvements planned for the lake and its watershed.  These improvements are aimed at increasing the recreational and biological potential of Easter Lake and eliminating pollution sources. Lake Dredging Since its creation in 1967, Easter Lake has lost nearly 30% of its volume as a result … Continue reading Watershed Improvements