Update (6/7/22): Due to flooding and fast currents, the Johnston Water Trails are closed. Please do not go around the barricades or gates that are in place. These are put in place for your safety. More rain is expected and will cause Beaver Creek to continue to rise. The Johnston Parks Department will continue to monitor the trails near the Beaver Creek Natural Resource Area and the water trails. They will reopen them as the water recedes and Beaver Creek is safe.
Water recreation is picking up interest in Johnston, especially since we have access points that make it easier to reach the water.
On August 20, 2019, the City of Johnston opened the first water trails access point on Beaver Creek. The carry-down access point is located on NW 70th Street, just east of NW 86th Street. This is the first of 86 sites planned for improvement throughout the metro.
The second access point, which is located at Lew Clarkson, is now complete. This access point allows those padding down the river to enter or exit from Lew Clarkson or Terra Park. The water is slowly trickling down Beaver Creek right now, but we look forward to the river filling up in the spring.
The third access point is anticipated to be complete in 2022 and located near the Merle Hay Bridge and I-80/35. Upon completion, residents and visitors will enjoy the water with multiple opportunities to enter or exit. We are excited about the opportunities water recreation could bring to our community.
More information on the Greater Des Moines Water Trails and Greenways can be found here (PDF)