MAFFITT LAKE: Now Open To Canoes & Kayaks

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Metro nature lovers now have a new option for canoeing and kayaking. Des Moines Water Works has decided to start allowing both types of boat on Dale Maffitt Reservoir.

Located southwest of Des Moines, the lake and the water treatment plant built on it provide some of the water to Des Moines and surrounding areas.

The lake itself is surrounded by hundreds of acres of land owned by Water Works in an effort to protect the watershed.

Those wishing to canoe or kayak must first buy a $20 boating permit from Water Works.