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.
Water Trails and Greenways Plan
Beaver Creek Booklet
Des Moines River Booklet
Fourmile and Mud Creeks Booklet
North and Middle Rivers Booklet
Raccoon River Booklet
South Skunk River and Chichaqua Bottoms Booklet
Walnut Creek Booklet
State of the Rivers Report
Water Trails Appendix
A great amount of community feedback and research went into of the Greater Des Moines Water Trails and Greenways Plan. This information is retained as an appendix for research and reference.
Phase I Implementation: Engineering Study
The Water Trails Engineering Study will examine list of recommended projects more closely. The engineering study will determine the feasibility of the recommended projects and provide estimated costs of those projects. With this information, local governments and funding partners can begin prioritizing projects and budgeting for the installation of these projects.
Click here for more information on the Water Trails Engineering Study.
What are Water Trails?
Water trails are recreational corridors and routes on rivers and lakes that provide a unique experience all water users. Water trails help re-connect Iowans to their waterways’ history, heritage, geology, fisheries, and wildlife. Water trails provide adequate access and can include amenities like riverside camping, wild spaces, cookout areas, and 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 out their back doors.
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.
General Water Trails Presentation
The Water Trails and Greenways Steering Committee oversaw the development of a water trails master plan for the Greater Des Moines region. Agendas, minutes and presentations are posted here.
Agendas & Minutes
The members of the Water Trails Steering Committee have a diverse set of expertise and represent a wide range of interests and industries from around the region.
Chair: Rick Tollakson, Hubbell Realty Company.
|American Rivers||Staci Williams|
|Capital Crossroads||Bethany Wilcoxon|
|Central Iowa Paddlers||Carol Kersey|
|Chair, Hubbell Realty||Rick Tollakson|
|Citizen||Ellen King Huntoon|
|City of Clive||Ted Weaver|
|City of Des Moines||Joe Gatto|
|City of Des Moines||Phil Delafield|
|City of Johnston||Dave Wilwerding|
|City of West Des Moines||Russ Trimble|
|City of West Des Moines||Lynne Twedt|
|Convention and Visitors Bureau||Greg Edwards|
|Convention and Visitors Bureau||Trina Flack|
|Des Moines Rowing Club||Julia Martinusen|
|Des Moines Sail and Power Squadron||Kenneth Danley|
|DNR – Water Trails||Nate Hooveveen|
|DNR – Water Trails||John Wenck|
|DNR – Wildlife Manager||Josh Gansen|
|DNR – Fisheries||Ben Dodd|
|DNR – Managed Lands||Todd Gosselink|
|Greater Des Moines Partnership||Jay Byers|
|Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation||Joe McGovern|
|Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation||Lisa Hein|
|Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation||Andrea Boulton|
|Izaak Walton League||Rick Cerwick|
|MidAmerican Energy||Kathryn Kunert|
|Parks: Trails and Greenways Committee & Iowa Rivers Revival||Linda Appelgate|
|Polk County Conservation||Lewis Major|
|Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District||Jennifer Welch|
|Principal Financial||Mark Lagomarcino|
|Raccoon River Watershed||Steve Roe|
|Tai Village Inc.||Siang Bacthi|
|The Nature Conservancy||David DeGeus|
|US Army Corps – Saylorville||Dayne Magneson|
|US Army Corps – Red Rock||Perry Thostenson|
|USCG Aux||Renee Thomas|