Beginning in July of 2013, the Easter Lake Watershed Project started taking on improvement projects to restore Easter Lake and enhancing water quality to make Easter Lake a sustainable resource providing diverse outdoor recreational activities for all visitors.
Throughout the Project’s life we have been working on completing projects as set by the Easter Lake Watershed Management plan while also taking on additional unplanned projects. See below for what we have accomplished so far and where we are headed for the future.
Regular updates on individual projects will be added as more information is available.
Polk County Conservation, September 2017- The Easter Lake Renovation is making progress toward our common goal. It is a complicated project involving but not limited to restoring the watershed, cleaning up the lake waters, renovating the fishery, and making multiple improvements to the park including a multiuse trail, sediment basins, shoreline restoration, boat ramp rebuild, … Continue reading Capital Project Timeline Update
Since the creation of Easter Lake in 1967, 30% of the lake’s volume has been lost to siltation. An estimated 60% of the contributing sediment is attributed to bank erosion, mainly from Yeader Creek. About Yeader Creek Yeader Creek is the main water source for Easter Lake. Starting near the Des Moines International Airport and … Continue reading Yeader Creek Stabilization
May 2018 The Easter Lake Water Quality Management Plan was completed in 2012 in partnership with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Polk County. Currently Polk County is working to complete the dredging of Easter Lake. In order to improve long term water quality in Easter Lake, it is necessary to reduce as much … Continue reading Three Lakes Estates Detention Pond Improvements
Polk County Conservation December 20, 2017 The 6.2 mile Mark C. Ackelson Trail winding around Easter Lake provides an ideal place for outdoor recreation and scenic views for park visitors. Cycling, skating and hiking opportunities along the trail lie adjacent to playground equipment, fishing piers, a boat ramp, and several picnic areas. Parking and trail … Continue reading Mark C. Ackelson Trail Bridge Plaque Campaign