Des Moines, IA

Raccoon River Park & Fairmeadows Park

CC 2.5: Tim Kiser

For a scenic 5k around a lake, head to Raccoon River Park in western Des Moines, adjacent to Water Works Park. Raccoon River Park is a large sports & recreation venue with athletic fields, a swimming beach, fishing pier & a nature trail. The 3.2 mile crushed rock/asphalt trail winds its way between the lake and the Raccoon River.

Longer Run: Two good options, using the Jordan Creek Trail at the northern end of the lake. Head for 1 mile north to Fairmeadows Park, where the Jordan Creek Trail then continues west for 3 miles to Willow Springs Park paralleling the EP True Pkwy. Or, head east on the trail to connect to our Waterworks Park route.

Essentials
  • Lake loop is 3.2 miles (5.1 km). Fairmeadows Park makes it a 5.6 mile run
  • 101 feet (31m) (for 5.6 mile option)
  • Softball Complex off Iowa Rd.

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Essentials
  • Lake loop is 3.2 miles (5.1 km). Fairmeadows Park makes it a 5.6 mile run
  • 101 feet (31m) (for 5.6 mile option)
  • Softball Complex off Iowa Rd.