April 7, 2015

Maffitt Reservoir Boat Permits

Maffitt Lake shorelineLast year, over 200 canoe, kayak and paddleboard enthusiasts enjoyed the beautiful water and views at Maffitt Reservoir and Park. Interested users must purchase an annual permit to launch their watercraft at Maffitt Reservoir. The annual boat permit can be purchased for $20.00 at Des Moines Water Works’ General Office, located at 2201 George Flagg Parkway, in Des Moines. No motors or sails of any kind are allowed, which helps ensure the lake remains a high quality water source for the area’s drinking water supply.

Dale Maffitt Reservoir is a 200-acre lake that sits amongst the tall oaks overlooking Des Moines Water Works’ L.D. McMullen Water Treatment Plant. The lake, primarily located in Polk County, also has corners that reach into Warren, Dallas and Madison Counties. The reservoir was constructed in the early 1940s, as a backup water source and named in honor of then General Manager of Des Moines Water Works,Dale Maffitt. In 2000, Des Moines Water Works began operating the L.D. McMullen Water Treatment Plant at Maffitt Reservoir in an effort to produce enough water for Des Moines and surrounding areas’ growing
population. For decades, nature lovers and anglers have enjoyed the serenity of the lake, as ducks, geese, river otter and a multitude of fish species call it home.

Park hours are 7:00 am-8:00 pm (Standard Time) and 6:00 am-9:00 pm (Daylight Savings Time). Take Army Post Road west, across Interstate 35 and follow the signs.

For more information on the use of canoes, kayaks and paddleboards on Maffitt Reservoir, please contact Des Moines Water Works at (515) 283-8700 or visit www.dmww.com/parks-events/maffitt-reservoir.

Posted by: Laura Sarcone 4 Comments
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4 Responses to “Maffitt Reservoir Boat Permits”

  1. August 24, 2017 at 7:04 pm, Dan said:

    I’m told the rules for Purple Martin Lake are the same.

    Do we need a kayak permit for Purple Mountain Lake?
    Does the permit for Maffit also include Purple Martin or do we need a separate permit for each lake?

    thx Dan


    • August 24, 2017 at 7:17 pm, Laura Sarcone said:

      Hi, Dan
      To utilize Purple Martin Lake, only a regular boat registration is needed (no DMWW-specific permit). Have fun and enjoy!


  2. August 23, 2020 at 10:54 am, bob said:

    Is there a way to get a kayak permit on line for Maffit Lake?


    • August 24, 2020 at 2:04 pm, Laura Sarcone said:

      You will need to come into the General Office at 2201 George Flagg Parkway, Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:00 pm to fill out the form and receive the permit sticker on-site.


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