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Boating in the moonlight at Gray’s Lake

Werewolves are no longer the only ones out for full moons; boaters can now enjoy the moon on Gray’s Lake. Starting in May and running through September Gray’s Lake opened their moonlit waters to all non-gasoline powered boats.

A moon float is a great, inexpensive Monday night activity. For only 5$ an hour, you and your friends or you and a date can rent a paddleboat, hydro bike or canoe. Gray’s Lake provides lights for the boats as well as flashlights. Sign up for rental begins at 8 p.m. and boating goes from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Gray’s Lake Park does not allow alcohol on its premises so this is a great alternative to drinking.

Senior public relations major Sean Walsh went on his first moon float this summer. Walsh said it would be a great event for anyone over the age of 10.

“It turned out to be a great night,” he said. “All of the friends that I went with really had fun and it was actually a pretty good work out.”

The moon float is a great way to relax and enjoy all that Des Moines has to offer. Gray’s Lake brings you the best of both worlds; it’s close enough to see downtown, yet far enough to sit back and enjoy the stars.

“It was neat to be out in the middle of the lake where it was really quiet and to see the stars and moon as well as the lights on the bridge.” Walsh said.

If you can’t make it to the moon float be sure to check Gray’s Lake out some other time. The park features a picturesque beach as well as a trail that goes around it and connects to other area trails. Gray’s Lake Park is a great place for bikers, walkers, joggers and anyone who just wants to lounge on the beach and meet new people. There is something for everyone in this Des Moines gem.

Gray’s Lake is located at 2101 Fleur Dr. For more information on the moon float and the variety of other Gray’s Lake events contact Tim Smith, the parks and recreation programmer, at (515) 248-6315. You can follow them on twitter @grayslake, like the Gray’s Lake page on Facebook or check out the calendar on dmgov.org to stay up to date on future events. The park is open daily from 5 a.m. to midnight.

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