Directions: 2500 Grand Avenue, West Des Moines IA
Trail Information: The park also offers a 3.2 mile crushed rock/asphalt nature trail around the entire lake. The trail winds its way between the lake and the Raccoon River providing a natural experience that can rarely be found in an urban environment. The trail is perfect for a run, leisurely stroll or bike ride around the lake
Miscellaneous Information: Blue Heron Lake, a 232 acre lake is the center piece of the park, and provides boat access for area fishing enthusiasts and water lovers. The park also features a 700 foot beach that is open for public swimming throughout the summer during daylight hours. It's an excellent place to cool off on a hot summer's day. The beach does not have lifeguards on duty.
The park is home to the West Des Moines Soccer Club. The soccer complex features a multi-field setup that provides a great setting for area youth of varying abilities to enjoy the sport. For information regarding joining a soccer team, please contact the WDM Soccer Club at 222-0079 or visit www.wdmsoccerclub.org.
Raccoon River Park is also the home for the West Des Moines Adult Softball Leagues. This five field tournament quality complex is available for league play, tournaments and rentals. The irrigated fields and state of the art facilities make this one of the nicest and most desirable softball complexes in the midwest. The Complex hosts a variety of national, state and regional tournaments along with a full slate of local league play.
There are several picnic shelters along the north end of the lake that provide a place for people to enjoy the great outdoors. The shelters may be reserved for private use throughout the summer months. To check availability or make a reservation please call 222-3444, Monday through Friday during regular business hours.
The Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge sits on the northwest end of the lake. The lodge is a multipurpose facility that is used for Parks and Recreation programs. The building also plays host to weddings, family reunions, business meetings and much more. The lodge's staff also offer many activities for schools or groups to learn about our environment. For more information please call 222-3424.
The Raccoon River Dog Park is also located in the park, and provides a great space to take your dog and let them run off leash. Permits are required to use the Dog Park. Permits can be obtained in person at the Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge (call 515-222-3424 for hours) or the Parks and Recreation administrative office located in West Des Moines City Hall (Monday-Friday 8am-5pm). For more information on the Dog Park please call 222-3444.